PowerPlay takes a holistic approach to youth development and female empowerment and runs several programs: Sports Training and Role models for Success (STARS) Series After-School Program, SuperSTARS Leadership Academy (SSLA), Girl Power Days, and STARS Citiwide Girls Initiative (STARS CGI).
The need for PowerPlay programming is critical. According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, two of the most significant reasons that girls do not participate in sports are lack of encouragement and lack of opportunity. Often, girls are almost two years behind boys in motor skill development, in part because of their lack of opportunity to play sports. PowerPlay programming focuses on teaching girls fundamental skills in a variety of sports so they become confident in their athletic abilities and enjoy playing.
The PowerPlay program setting also provides a safe space for expression and discussion, creating an optimal environment for health, wellness and life skills learning activities. African-American girls participate in sport at the lowest rates, and this contributes to the lack of women of color in leadership and coaching.
We are always looking for new schools and community based organizations to partner with. Find PowerPlay opportunities you would like to bring to your site, and apply today!!