The SBU Academy provides a pathway from middle school to high school to college to careers for South Bronx and immigrant youth. Youth compete on travel soccer teams, attend After School Tutoring, Sophomore Skills classes, SAT Prep, or Senior College Prep. Team mentors serve as key supports for youth and regularly follow up on academic progress and social-emotional issues. Programs and services also include leadership development, immigrant legal services, and other support services. Youth spend at least 10 hours a week during the school year in program activities. Most participate in Summer Soccer Scholars, a full day program providing academic instruction, life skills, soccer training, and field trips out of the city over 5 weeks during the summer. In the last four years, 100% of participating seniors have graduated high school in six years and 94% have matriculated to college.
SBU Academy youth must meet the following requirements. Youth who do not meet these requirements may be accepted under special circumstances only. Youth must:
1. Live within the program area of the Bronx, Harlem, Washington Heights, or Inwood.
2. Demonstrate financial need. Generally, family income must be at or below 250% of the poverty level.
3. Demonstrate a programmatic need.
4. Be enrolled in a K-12 school (or in the process of enrolling) and is not a senior. (Due to the limited time period to work with students, we accept rising seniors only in limited cases.)
5. Be able to commit to the full SBU Academy program (soccer, academics, leadership).
Additionally, there must be space on the applicable soccer team roster and in the applicable grade cohort.