SOCCER WITHOUT BORDERS - OAKLAND creates positive team communities for recently arrived refugee and immigrant youth. Harnessing the power of soccer as a universal language, SWB Oakland engages newcomer, English Language Learning youth from more than 25 countries. As youth adjust to their new and often difficult circumstances, their SWB team provides an avenue for positive engagement. In a safe and supportive environment, youth build meaningful friendships, community connections and powerful mentor/mentee relationships, which play an important role in their successful integration into their new lives in the US.




Currently, SWB Oakland runs 8 year round teams serving more than 250 middle school and high school aged youth anually. Since 2008, 94% of regular high school aged partipants have graduated from high school. SWB Oakland's work has been featured in numerous media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Washington Post TV, Mashable, the Oakland Tribune, Oakland Local, Oakland North to name a few. Since 2008, 94% of regular participants in SWB Oakland have graduated from high school. Community partners include Oakland International High School, Albany Berkeley Soccer Club, the Oakland Unified School District the International Rescue Commitee and many others.