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Omaha Housing Authority Foundation

: SOCCER ACADEMY
Mission
OHA
To provide safe, secure, quality affordable
housing and help build a foundation for
homeownership while promot...
Our Story

Founded in 2008, the OHA Foundation’s Soccer
Academy provides a venue for participation in the
sport of soccer,...
Why SOCCER?
The Academy allows area youth, predominantly
refugees, to engage in athletics (“the real
football”) as they as...
Empowering Youth
The need for this program is simple: the city of Omaha is in crisis.

Of 100 of the nation’s largest metr...
Academy GOALS

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help youth cultivate and
develop life skills
(confidence, respect, sports
manship, teamwork, self...
Project Outcomes
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Increase the number of low-income, inner-city
youth/refugees who participate in the OHA Soccer...
Project Outcomes, cont’d
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120 youth participated in ENSA's Spring Soccer
150 youth participated in a...
Project Outcomes, cont’d
Players also participated in a variety of anti-crime
activities that allowed them to remain engag...
Funding
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Pledged funds will support a variety of program essentials:
equipment (shoes, game balls, scrimmage vests)...
Projected Expenses
Eastern Nebraska Soccer League
Field cost
Equipment
Indoor League
Nebraska Soccer League
NFC & Azzurri ...
Partnerships
Through an innovative and engaging “modeling”
environment, the Soccer Academy leverages the
talents and resou...
Program Staff
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Sal Issaka: Director, Family and Community Services of OHA
(19 years); Ghana nativ...
Program Contact

Sal Issaka
Omaha Housing Authority Foundation, Inc.
4401 North 21st Street
Omaha, NE 68111
sissaka@ohauth...
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  1. 1. Omaha Housing Authority Foundation : SOCCER ACADEMY
  2. 2. Mission OHA To provide safe, secure, quality affordable housing and help build a foundation for homeownership while promoting selfsufficient living. OHA Foundation Soccer Academy To provide low-income, inner-city youth and refugee youth an opportunity that reinforces positive lifestyle choices and educational/social skills through soccer.
  3. 3. Our Story Founded in 2008, the OHA Foundation’s Soccer Academy provides a venue for participation in the sport of soccer, serving as a catalyst for change in the Omaha community. The Academy works with youth ages 6-18, with over 400 youth participating to date.
  4. 4. Why SOCCER? The Academy allows area youth, predominantly refugees, to engage in athletics (“the real football”) as they assimilate and adjust to American culture. SOCCER and team sports dissuade youths of the Omaha projects from gangs and drugs, promoting an active lifestyle while breaking down linguistic and cultural barriers. The program has engaged over 400 youths.
  5. 5. Empowering Youth The need for this program is simple: the city of Omaha is in crisis. Of 100 of the nation’s largest metropolitan cities, Omaha ranks third highest for rate of poverty amongst African Americans. Additionally, 59.4% of children in North Omaha are born and reared in poverty. Further, although African Americans comprise only 4.5% of Nebraska’s population, they make up about 40% of homicide victims. More surprisingly, over 55% of those homicide victims are between the ages of 15-24. It is in this environment that hopelessness is erected. We recognize that poverty and lack of educational attainment are primary factors that lead youth to become involved in risky activities, gangs, violence, and crime. The OHA Soccer Academy dismantles hopelessness by empowering youth and equipping them with the tools and skills necessary to break cycles of poverty, violence, and depression.
  6. 6. Academy GOALS     help youth cultivate and develop life skills (confidence, respect, sports manship, teamwork, selfworth) teach the techniques and rules of soccer promote physical health prevent truancy    provide tutoring, college prep provide a positive outlet for youth afford low-income/innercity youth the opportunity to participate on an organized, structured team with quality coaches
  7. 7. Project Outcomes     Increase the number of low-income, inner-city youth/refugees who participate in the OHA Soccer Academy, Premier Clubs, and middle/high school soccer programs by 25%. (During the Spring, we had over 360 participants—our Fall goal is to exceed 400.) Increase school attendance and academic performance in youth ages 6-18. (Track school attendance and help assure that youth miss less than 4 days of school per semester; soccer participants will attend the study center at least 3 times per week and grades will be tracked by our Academic Achievement Coordinators.) Players are require to participate in all OHA educational activities. Increase youth participation in OHA/community antigang, anti-violence and after-school activities. Our goal is for all youth who participate in the Soccer Academy to also participate in other activities sponsored by OHA and community partners.)
  8. 8. Project Outcomes, cont’d            120 youth participated in ENSA's Spring Soccer 150 youth participated in a soccer camp sponsored in part by Creighton & Penn State University's Men's Soccer Team 265 youth participated in OHA Soccer Academy camp/tryouts 29 youth participated in Azzurri camp 50 youth participated in Azzurri tournament Over 50 players are either playing for their High School, Jr. High, or Elementary school 32 players participated in Latino Summer League 7 players participated with NFC Telect team 10 players participated in Omega Psi Phi: Project Manhood 14 players selected for OHA scholarship/college prep program 7 players participated in the Step-Up Omaha employment program
  9. 9. Project Outcomes, cont’d Players also participated in a variety of anti-crime activities that allowed them to remain engaged in their community while making positive choices: Men of Distinction Conference, MCC (North campus) OHA's Project Aspiration (life skills for male youth) Malcolm X Center (events and activities) Peter Kiewit Foundation's Summer Fun Program Various recreational activities (bowling, roller skating, etc)
  10. 10. Funding    Pledged funds will support a variety of program essentials: equipment (shoes, game balls, scrimmage vests) fees (field usage, Nebraska Futbul Club, NSSA, NSL/ENSA registrations, tournament registration/costs, administration) professional/coaching/trainer fees
  11. 11. Projected Expenses Eastern Nebraska Soccer League Field cost Equipment Indoor League Nebraska Soccer League NFC & Azzurri Club Select Training/coaching fees Summer league Travel/transportation Tournaments Camps $3,500 $2,000 $3,000 $1,800 $3,500 $2,500 $3,000 $1,200 $2,500 $3,000 $1,500 $27,500
  12. 12. Partnerships Through an innovative and engaging “modeling” environment, the Soccer Academy leverages the talents and resources of its strategic partnerships to reinforce and sustain the program, having already established working relationships with:             Nebraska State Soccer Association NFC Omaha Public School District Soccer International Eastern Nebraska Soccer Association Creighton University Soccer Omaha Police Department YMCA, Girl Inc. Outward Bound Omaha US Soccer Foundation City of Omaha AZZURRI Soccer Club
  13. 13. Program Staff             Sal Issaka: Director, Family and Community Services of OHA (19 years); Ghana native; former player; oversees the Soccer Academy Program; coaches U10 and U12 boys teams Seth Quartey: Creighton student; Ghana native; former player at North High School; coaches U16 & U17 teams Rachelle Tucker: OHA staff (7 years), Club Manager James Mason: OHA staff, Assistant coach Billy Quartey: Ghana native; coaches U13 & U14 teams Cedric Cooper: OPS educator Osuman Issaka: Assistant Coach 1 CU Assistant Coach: Volunteer trainer Mohamed Farivari: founder, Azzurri Soccer club, Adviser Nebraska Futbul Club staff advisers 2 OHA Family and Community Outreach Coordinators: recruiting & transportation 3 parent volunteers
  14. 14. Program Contact Sal Issaka Omaha Housing Authority Foundation, Inc. 4401 North 21st Street Omaha, NE 68111 sissaka@ohauthority.org 402-444-7100 Ext 212
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