Futbol con Corazón
Youth from low-income communities of Barranquilla, Colombia struggle to thrive in an environment characterized by high levels of violent crime, gang activity, substance use, recruitment for legal and illegal armed groups, school drop-out, malnutrition, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and early pregnancy. Drawing on sports’ potential as a tool for positive engagement and personal development, Futbol con Corazón (FCC) was founded in 2007 as a strategy for building youth leadership and strengthening community cohesion among selected low-income communities in Barranquilla. FCC’s innovative methodology blends values-based sports instruction with a nutrition program, health workshops, links to vocational training, parental engagement, and community outreach. as a means to improve young people‘s life prospects, decrease violence, and increase overall quality of life in their communities.
EMpower’s third grant to FCC will expand FCC’s efforts to serve existing and new girls more effectively by deepening and reinforcing topics learned on sexual health, rights awareness, and gender equality, while also implementing new program activities such as income generation activities, an all-female national soccer championship, and a retreat focused on gender equality. They will also conduct a workshop for the men trainers of the boys’ team on masculinity.