In January 2017, the International Studies Foundation in collaboration with The City of Miami Parks & Recreations department, Soccer Communities of America and International Finance Bank, created the “Soccer at the Parks” Program as an initiative to provide free recreational soccer trainning to kids between the ages of 6 and 14 and is offered to low and moderate income children and families at risk of social exclusion.
The program is held in different public parks of the city of Miami, welcoming all the children from these areas to participate.
The Mission of the program is to unite communities by bringing people together in a safe and healthy environment through soccer while promoting unique learning opportunities such as team-work and healthy habits and nutrition.
Value-based instruction, healthy living and teamwork through sport.
The formula is simple – use the power of Soccer and bring it to the community to enrich the lives of children by removing economic obstacles and make it into the family schedule as a recreational or weekend activity.
Our program, funded by sponsors and foundations, provides the financial resources to provide Free recreational trainings and all the benefits that soccer has to offer.
The program is currently taking part in two parks of the City of Miami:
- Roberto Clemente Park
- Robert King High Park
Vision: The long-term vision of this program is to continue expanding to other parts of the city, increasing the number of beneficiaries and creating soccer leagues between the different parks to bring all the families together and educate these children in human values thought soccer.
In direct support of its “City of Miami High Impact Service Plan 2016 – 2017, the International Studies Foundation and the City of Miami jointly offer students between the ages of 12 and 14 the opportunity to take part in a very unique experience in Spain by participating in “El Camino de Santiago”, a pilgrimage route.
The students will go over the steps of the medieval pilgrims along one of the main routes of El Camino. This path will lead them to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia (Spain).
Opportunity to travel to Spain and share the experience.
The main goal of the Project is to highlight the effort and achievement of the children from disadvantaged families by giving them the opportunity to travel to Spain and to share the experience with a similar group of Spanish students. The Project is carried out along with our students from the Access Program, which we have developed with the US Embassy in Spain.
The participants will be in contact with Spain’s historical richness and will learn to value moral principles such as teamwork, creative thinking, new strategies, evaluation of their achievements, while they establish new friendships.
Participants from Miami, must meet certain requirements such as being enrolled at a “Title I” school in the area.
A positive experience for everyone involved that may have a wonderful impact in their lives.
The Access Program is an English-language program for students in danger of social exclusion from the Community of Madrid (Spanish Autonomous Community of Madrid), who are between the ages of 13 and 17.
This educational program also explores the values and culture of the US. The Access Program strengthens leadership and personal development in the students through social community service, games and other activities.
The Access Program was designed by the US Embassy in Spain.
Ambassador James Costos inaugurated the program during a ceremony with student participants in attendance on December 2nd, 2015. The granted scholarships have a duration of two years. It has been in operation since October 2015 and the first promotion will graduate in June 2017.
The course, the books, other school materials, transportation costs, as well as additional activities and intensive sessions are all covered by funds specifically designated for this program.