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Organization DBA America SCORES Boston
Former Names New England SCORES (2008)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No


Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of America SCORES Boston is to inspire urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world.

Mission Statement

The mission of America SCORES Boston is to inspire urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2015 to Aug 31, 2016
Projected Income $1,672,394.00
Projected Expense $1,661,266.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Leadership in Action

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Mission Statement

The mission of America SCORES Boston is to inspire urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world.

Background Statement

America SCORES Boston was incorporated in Massachusetts in 1999.  SCORES has grown to become one of the largest after-school programs operating in the Boston Public School District – growing from 4 elementary schools serving 100 kids during our first year to delivering over 40 programs serving more than 1,400 kids in 10 Boston neighborhoods.

America SCORES Boston offers an innovative blend of soccer, academic support, and enrichment programs to at-risk youth in Boston. Our programs foster the development of the whole child as an athlete, a student, and a caring, confident, & engaged member of the community. We provide a safe, positive, nurturing environment that gives every child a chance to become who they truly are, not who their circumstances say they must be.

SCORES fosters partnerships that improve our programs. A 17-year partnership with Boston Public Schools provides the recruitment source for more than 100 soccer coaches & site coordinators, classroom space for writing workshops, and field space for soccer practices and games. SCORES’ delivery system is one of the true strengths of our programs. Coaches are recruited from the current teaching staff at our partner schools. By recruiting certified teachers from within each school, SCORES ensures that students receive instruction from individuals who understand the school system, know the community needs, and are invested in our students’ success.

Impact Statement

America SCORES Boston provides out-of-school time soccer, poetry, and service-learning programming to more than 1,400 at-risk boys and girls in the Boston Public Schools District.
America SCORES was recognized by the White House Task Force as an effective program in preventing childhood obesity. The report stated that participants taking part in an unpublished evaluation had an increased level of physical activity; increased reporting of feelings of self-confidence, self-efficacy, and enjoyment in learning; increased reporting of reading enjoyment and longer time reading independently; and gains in writing achievement.
America SCORES Boston is reputed among 13 affiliate sites across North America to be an innovator in arts education. As the first affiliates to implement a middle school program. Our internally developed curriculum, Voices4YOUth, has been adopted by sites across the country and designated as the national middle school curriculum for America SCORES. This curriculum utilizes the power of creative expression and poetry while also exposing students to a wide range of musical and spoken word arrangements.

Provide team-based soccer and health education activities that promote increased physical activity and healthy living habits for urban youth, as well as provide writing workshops that promote the development of literacy skills and encourage self-expression for at-risk youth.

Build student leadership skills, civic awareness, and an appreciation for writing’s power
to effect social change through youth-led service learning activities.

Unite poet-athletes’ families, schools, and surrounding communities
through educational and celebratory events and activities.

Needs Statement

1) Transportation/Equipment ($84,000): Bus transportation, soccer equipment, and classroom supplies are critical to maintain enrollment and promote student engagement and learning.
2) Capacity Building ($30,000): SCORES seeks to strengthen its volunteer engagement system, expand and diversify its Board of Directors, as well as form stronger partnerships with the Boston Public Schools District with the goal of expanding the SCORES Program. 
3) Evaluation ($20,000): SCORES currently conducts a number of internal evaluation methods that include participant surveys, fitness tests, and writing assessments. An independent evaluation process would allow us to improve program delivery and communicate positive program results to funders.
4) Marketing/Branding ($30,000): In order to build brand awareness throughout the greater Boston area, SCORES aims to increase its marketing efforts through online marketing tools, printed media, and public events.
5) Curriculum Development ($15,000): In the past, SCORES has partnered with educational institutions to develop program curriculum. To meet the changing needs of Boston’s inner-city students, we continue to seek partnerships and support to develop curricula that integrates the core areas of healthy, literacy, and community engagement.

CEO Statement

America SCORES Boston is a mission driven organization focused on inner city youth. We serve youth in more than 30 under-performing Boston Public Schools located in the most violent and challenging neighborhoods in Boston. The students we serve come largely from disadvantaged families struggling to overcome economic and language barriers. These students are most likely to drop out of school and have few after-school opportunities to support their academic ambitions. The lack of programming also leaves students more sedentary, resulting in dramatic increases in obesity rates over the past 20 years.

Students in the America SCORES programs increase reading confidence, time spent reading and writing, use of poetic devices and fitness (improved running distance and decreased obesity rates). Students also develop positive relationships with role models and peers that they carry with them throughout their lives.

While our successes are numerous and measurable, the increasingly difficult fundraising environment makes it challenging to expand and extend the services we offer. While many funders focus exclusively on the cost per child, our in-depth involvement with students (typically five days a week during the fall and spring seasons) tends to push our total cost per child higher despite the relatively low cost of the soccer, poetry and service-learning programs we offer.

We are currently focused on expanding our fundraising capacity to increase the funds we can raise to support our program efforts. Beginning with the Strategic Plan approved in March of 2011, the ASNE Board of Directors is implementing several strategic initiatives to build its capacity and to build organizational systems to support the diversification and growth of its revenue base. We continue to move forward with these efforts and other efforts to build opportunities for engagement and support.

Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

Greater Boston Region-All Neighborhoods
City of Boston- Citywide (please select all areas as well)
City of Boston- Allston/ Brighton
City of Boston- Charlestown
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- East Boston
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Roslindale
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- Allston/ Brighton
City of Boston- Charlestown
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- East Boston
City of Boston- Fenway/ Kenmore
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Mission Hill
City of Boston- Roslindale
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- South End/Bay Village
City of Boston- West Roxbury
City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
America SCORES New England served students enrolled in Boston Public Schools. We deliver our programs in the Boston neighborhoods of Allston, Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Roslindale, and Roxbury.

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  2. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools
  3. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Community & Neighbourhood Development

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



Leadership in Action

SCORES delivers school-based programs that provide lessons in creative writing, nutrition, soccer, and service-learning to youth in grades 3-12. Participants at the elementary school level learn the basics of soccer, expand their vocabulary, develop communication skills, advance their self-efficacy, and use writing to impact change. At the middle school level, students enhance their soccer skills through competitive games, learn poetic devices and perform team “cheers,” and complete social entrepreneurship projects through which they understand financial terms and the importance of contributing to their community. SCORES provides a flexible high school program to prepare students to graduate and pursue their next step by enrolling in college or securing a job. Soccer remains a constant with students playing on competitive travel league teams. Students must maintain strong academic standing, take part in academic and career development workshops, and volunteer to play in weekly games.

Budget  $1,221,860.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served At-Risk Populations K-12 (5-19 years) Minorities
Program Short-Term Success  92% of poet-athletes agreed that it is important to stay active; 20% increase in poet-athletes who reported that they love writing creatively in their own words; and 88% of poet-athletes agreed that they are a good role model for other kids.
Program Long-Term Success  In 2002, ASNE was cited in the national "New Directions for Youth Development" report as one of the handful of community-based organizations that expanded Boston’s after-school programs and built the capacity to support standards-based education reforms. ASNE has provided thousands of at-risk Boston youth with our innovative after-school program.
Program Success Monitored By 
Evaluation is vital to the success and continuous quality improvement of all of ASNE’s programs. ASNE uses a comprehensive system of assessments to measure participant outcomes.  The diversity of data collection techniques helps ASNE to more fully evaluate and assess the effect participation in the SCORES Program has on poet-athletes.  All feedback ASNE receives informs program improvements to ensure maximum program effectiveness. Forms of assessment include:
• Poet-Athlete Attitudinal Surveys: Using a professionally-designed survey tool, poet-athletes assess what they have learned as a result of participating in the SCORES Program and rate their attitude towards their peers, school, and community.
• On-Site Observation: SCORES staff members and an Evaluation Consultant monitor and evaluate program delivery to ensure program efficiency. 
• Coach Assessments – qualitative and quantitative assessments of each SCORES Coach. 
• Focus Groups: Through ASNE’s Evaluation Consultant, separate groups of coaches, and youth from three SCORES Program sites discuss their experience with the SCORES programs. Feedback provides opportunities to improve program content and delivery. 
• Pre- and Post- Writing Prompts: Prompts are administered at the start and finish of the writing-intensive fall season and scored using a rubric. An LEP rubric for English language learners is also available. 
• Physical Fitness Assessment and Soccer & Nutrition Knowledge: In the spring, poet-athletes participate in a pre-and post-season physical fitness assessment, and are tested on their knowledge of soccer rules and healthy lifestyle habits.
Examples of Program Success 

Elementary School Writing Prompts: 

• 52% increase in Creativity/Ideas 
• 79% increase in Organization 
• 42% increase in Use of language 
• 34% increase in Use of Poetic Devices 

Internal Evaluation of 2011 English Language Arts MCAS Exam:

Poet-athletes improved their ELA MCAS score:

  • Elementary School: +7.8 points
  • Middle School: +4.6 points

Many participants improved an entire “reporting category”

  • Elementary School: 32% of students
  • Middle School: 19% of students

More SCORES students scored Proficient or Advanced on the ELA MCAS Exam:

  • Elementary School: +26% of participants
  • Middle School: +10% of participants


Internal Evaluation of 2011 Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run (PACER) Test

Results demonstrated that SCORES participants greatly improved their cardiovascular capacity:

Elementary School (Averages):

  • Participants ran 21% farther
  • Students improved by 4.4 lengths on the PACER test
  • 66% of students ran more lengths

Middle School (Averages):

  • Participants ran 41% farther
  • Students improved by 12.8 lengths on the PACER test
  • 88% of students ran more lengths

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Mr. John Maconga
CEO Term Start Sept 2010
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Responsible for overall organizational management and strategic growth, John joined the SCORES staff in September 2010 after serving as Executive Director of the Courageous Sailing Center in Boston for three years and the Executive Director of the Barton Center for Diabetes Education for three years prior to that. As an accomplished, experienced manager and fundraiser, John is focused on deepening SCORES’ presence in the Boston community and strengthening the organization’s programmatic foundation. John holds a Law Degree from Boston University, as well as a BA in Economics and Politics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. Andrew Crossley Chief Operating Officer --
Ms. Vanessa Plant Development Director --
Mr. Dwayne Simmons Program Director Dwayne is responsible for managing ASNE’s programs, with a specific focus on strengthening the SCORES Middle School Program’s literacy component. Additional responsibilities include recruiting and training creative writing instructors, designing the creative writing curriculum, providing targeted classroom support, and overseeing special writing events such as the Poetry SLAM! and VOICES. Dwayne has extensive experience in perforating and recording original work, including directing/producing a musical with inner-city youth as well as recording/producing multiple Hip Hop albums.


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 12
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 106
Number of Contract Staff 130
Staff Retention Rate % 92%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): Bi-Racial
Gender Female: 42
Male: 58
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Mr. David Chang
Board Chair Company Affiliation Wellington Management Company
Board Chair Term Jan 2008 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Stephen Antuna Thomson Reuters Voting
Mr. Brian Bilello New England Revolution Voting
Mr. Bob Bruno Retired Voting
Mr. David Chang Wellington Management Company Voting
Ms. Kelly Coughlin Cowen Group Voting
Ms. Mary Driscoll Thomas Edison K-8 School, Boston Public Schools Voting
Mr. Keith Gainsboro Elevate Communications Voting
Mr. Fernando González Córdoba everis Voting
Mr. Anthony Goodman Tapestry Networks Voting
Mr. Brendan Grattan PepsiCo Voting
Ms. Laura Grattan Thomas H. Lee Partners, LP Voting
Mr. Jay Heaps New England Revolution Voting
Mr. Marc Mantell Mintz Levin Voting
Mr. Larry Mariasis Retired Voting
Ms. Karen O'Sullivan Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Voting
Mr. Chris Pike Advent International Voting
Mr. Gary Scott State Street Corporation Voting
Mr. Amandio Sena IMMI Financial Solutions Voting
Mr. Bob Shay Retired Voting
Ms. Elizabeth Shea Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge Trust, LLC Voting
Mr. Timothy Syrett WilmerHale Voting
Mr. Marquis Taylor Coaching for Change, Inc. Voting
Ms. Jennifer Weafer PwC Voting
Mr. Mark Williamson Calera Capital Voting
Mr. Richard Yu Goldman Sachs Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Ben Marshall America SCORES Boston, Soccer & Health Advisory Board --
Ms. Ivelisse Mendoza America SCORES New England --
Mr. Mark Moniz America SCORES Boston, Soccer & Health Advisory Board --
Mr. Dwayne Simmons America SCORES Boston, Poetry & Literacy Advisory Board --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 20
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 6
Male: 19
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

A 25-member Board of Directors with strong roots in finance, law, education, government, and private business governs SCORES.  SCORES actively and strategically works to expand the Board to include additional individuals who can further the organization’s goals and plans for growth, and can reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. The full Board of Directors meets five times annually. Committees, including the Executive and Development Committees, meet more frequently.  The Board is responsible for hiring and evaluating the Executive Director.

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $1,402,271 $1,700,000 $825,177
Total Expenses $1,337,728 $1,138,406 $1,018,996

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$569,461 $503,626 $211,846
Government Contributions $184,051 $57,922 $35,228
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $184,051 $57,922 $35,228
Individual Contributions $579,876 $1,068,642 $202,202
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $27,500 $36,921 $35,268
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,288 $270 $367
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- $290,577
Revenue In-Kind $38,595 $32,619 $49,689
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $994,329 $923,386 $877,270
Administration Expense $111,915 $42,233 $63,029
Fundraising Expense $231,484 $172,787 $78,697
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.05 1.49 0.81
Program Expense/Total Expenses 74% 81% 86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 17% 11% 11%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $872,944 $801,393 $235,611
Current Assets $864,552 $788,972 $215,916
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $40,609 $33,601 $29,413
Total Net Assets $832,335 $767,792 $206,198

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 4.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 21.29 23.48 7.34

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's audited financials.


Other Documents

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