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South Bronx United (SBU) is a nonprofit youth development organization with a mission of using soccer as a tool for social change. SBU serves more than 1,100 boys and girls annually through programs on the soccer field, in the classroom, and in the community. Founded in 2009, the organization's programs combine academic enrichment, college prep, mentoring, leadership development, health and wellness programs,  immigration legal services, and other family and youth supports with recreational and competitive soccer programs.  SBU participants range from ages 4 to 19 years old. The majority come from low-income, immigrant families and reside in the South Bronx, the nation's poorest congressional district. 

The SBU Academy, the organization's highest-touch program, aims to provide immigrant and first generation youth with a path from middle school to high school to college and careers.  Within the past five years, 100 percent of SBU Academy seniors have graduated high school and 95 percent have enrolled in college. In comparison, only half of students attending South Bronx high schools receive their diplomas.

 
South Bronx United was recognized by the U.S. Soccer Foundation as the 2018 Urban Soccer Symposium Impact Award recipient and has been featured in many prominent press outlets including Sports Illustrated, ESPN Deportes, Telemundo, the Chicago Tribune, NPR, New York Daily News, ABC News, NBC News, Al Jazeera, MLSsoccer.com, and others.
Learn more at southbronxunited.org
 

 

A piece of art made by the students in SBU's Karen Barth Art's Program. 

“This masterpiece represents all of us as a
community and unites us. For instance, we drew a
soccer ball, which connects all of us together. Our
piece is about community, love and happiness. In the
center is the SBU logo, which means a lot to us.”
-Charif Diaoune, 13