The goal of the Inner-City Initiative (“ICI”) is to get kids active while providing a safe haven that mentors our youth, reinforces positive values and builds role models within the community.

Your Donations Support:

  • A safe environment for youth at high risk.
  • A better life for children witnessing verbal and/or physical violence.
  • Diversity in the community; languages spoken are English, Spanish, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole and Arabic.
  • Alumni Mentorship Program matching prep/high school students with program alumni currently in college. Further support is provided to college students by those alumni who have joined the workforce.
  • First generation higher education recipients.

Inner-City Needs

  • Girls of Color
    • cultural differences prevent girls of color from playing soccer – we aim to create an environment and programs that help lessen that gap
  • Paid Coaching Endowments
    • all coaches are volunteers
  • Equipment
    • shortages include lights, field space, uniforms, practice gear, cleats and other necessary items to play structured soccer
  • Off-Field Support
    • life management services services such as translation services, financial education and career assistance
  • Transportation assistance
  • Scholarship funding through our need-based scholarship program

Program Highlights

  • Two practices/week in the community in which they reside. (That means limited travel in order to fit their transportation needs)
  • Access to top rated soccer leagues with one game per weekend
  • Free training gear
  • Uniform cost-assistance

Our Community Partners

Your donations impact over 350 youth in the following communities:

  • Brockton
  • Central Falls, RI
  • Chelsea
  • East Boston
  • Everett
  • Lynn
  • Medford
  • Revere
  • Worcester
  • West Roxbury
  • For a complete list of NEFC’s locations, please visit: https://www.nefc.us/ourclub

Kieran Laverty

Inner City Directorklaverty@nefc.us(351) 201-1508