Tuesday, July 10, 2012

YOSSO United participate in football tournament in Arusha

Youth empowerment event is the youth football tournament that uniquely utilizes sports as a platform for reaching young people towards making a better future.The one month football ‘Go Green’ tournament is taking place in Arusha, Tanzania. During tournament, events such as football matches, environment awareness and leadership workshops for youth are taking place. The campaign consist not only football tournaments but also exhibitions, performances and debates about environment issues.YOSSO United Arusha team and other 16 teams of 400 children from Arusha city are participating on the event.
The competition is organized and funded by YOSSO and Youth Empowerment Foundation which is a non-governmental organization working in the sport for development and youth education.The competition gathers together children, local communities, institutions working with young people outside the framework of formal education system, coaches, teachers and organization working in environment issues as well as role models and stars in the field of football and culture.
The aims of the tournament are;
  • To promote the value of partnership and dialogue between the sport and youth development
  • To raise awareness about environment issues
  • To promote the importance of public private partnership (Sharing good practice)
  • To inspire and activate young people
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

YOSSO United Arusha organize ‘Go Green Initiative’

Around 100 children along with their parents, participated in a football match and environment cleaning event on 02 July 2012 in Arusha, Soweto playground. The event, organized by YOSSO ’s football school Project, was the first of its kind so far and included children from surround communities and primary schools. Activities on the day included a friendly football match between YOSSO United Arusha and Stone Fire FC, life skills training, environment education, participation in collection of rubbish and litter around the playground. YOSSO United ’s coaches, who work with many of these children, provided the training during the event. The focus of the training was on new approaches to improve the cleanness for both children and surrounding environment which involved greater participation of the child. Click here to see more activities.

What is needed
This children have lead the way. They have volunteered to clean their playground to support 'Go Green Initiative'. They need support of bins to collect litter. They need litter picking equipment and gloves to wear for their health and safety, start tree nursery, to organize event  and the campaign for ' Go Green Initiative' at their playground.

A total of $1000 is needed to buy bins around Soweto playground, to buy balls, whistles, bibs, shoes, sport wear and promotion material to run event and campaign. Please, if you wish to get involved contact us on officeyosso@yahoo.com.

Friday, June 29, 2012

YOSSO celebrate milestones in Arusha

YOSSO Director, Prosper present balls to YOSSO United captain, Messi during inauguration match ceremony

Youth Social Sport Organization (YOSSO), recently celebrated their partnership with Kambarage FC to form YOSSO United Arusha, an under 14 football team in Soweto playground. Present at a celebratory reception were representatives from Kambarage FC together with supporters from communities, all of whom support YOSSO’s youth projects. The words “Empowering youth through sport” echoed around the playground. YOSSO aims to train 1200 girl and children through football in entrepreneurship, life skills and leadership around Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Manyara region in 2012-2015, but is already looking to exceed this.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Volunteer Opportunity - Grant Writer Volunteer

YOSSO is nonprofit organization, established and registered in Tanzania to bring needed sports and youth development programs to disadvantages communities in Tanzania and beyond. We believe that sports are an incredible vehicle for bringing communities together and for teaching children important life skills and entrepreneurship, gender equality, leadership, HIV/AIDS education and fun!. YOSSO is in need of a Volunteer Grant Writer that will offer valuable experience in grant writing and prospect research to include:
  • Research and identify funding opportunities, private and public foundations, social entrepreneurs and high wealth donors.
  • Proposal development.
  • Writing and submission of grants, letters of intent, and inquiries.
  • Track funding request results.
The ideal candidate for this position will have an understanding and experience in writing grants to private and public donors, researching foundations, social entrepreneurs, and high wealth individuals. Familiarity and ease of use with the internet; proficient in Internet and Microsoft Office; excellent communication skills; strong work ethic and ability to work independently.

This position is ideal for an individual interested in taking a visible role in a new organization devoted to igniting major social change; and build their grant writing portfolio. The Grant Writer Volunteer will be able to work virtually from home.

If interested
Please send you resume and cover letter to officeyosso@yahoo.com

Monday, May 14, 2012

75 Children enrolled to Leadership course

YOSSO project has enrolled 75 children aged 13 to 14 years to peer leadership course in Ukombozi Primary School center in Manzese, an extremely poor area of Dar es Salaam. This is in addition to the last year group we supported in the same school which is run in collaboration with YOSSO and UKOMBOZI Primary School. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

New Football Team Established

YOSSO UNITED boy's team with YOSSO executive director, Prosper Mambo (right in back row) and Head coach, Hassan Pazi (in yellow shirt at back row) at Ukombozi play ground

Within Ukombozi Primary School play ground, a new sport club, YOSSO UNITED was established early in the March 2012. Hassan Pazi volunteered to coach the club.A trained coach, Pazi is
experienced in football coaching, programme co-ordination, networking and advocacy having worked for YOSSO projects more than a year.The project  will focus to empower children and families to become self sufficient through sport and physical activity education, health, food security and environmental programs. The immediate focus will be on life skills and HIV/AIDS education to children ( boys and girls) between 6 and 14 years old.

Children enjoy sport activities

In March, sports/activity day was organized by the community programme team. The event was held in the grounds of Ukombozi Primary School. Along with their trainers, the event was attended by 277 children from disadvantage communities in and around Manzese slums. The children enjoyed a day of running, singing, dancing, football and other activities. For the vast majority of them, it was the first time they had ever experienced in athletic sports. Progress was also made with identification for potential children who would attend the next session of  leadership course.

All youth and children at YOSSO program have to go through the youth development training curriculum at the center. Youth and children who shows interest and leadership qualities can then be trained as peer leaders, By providing sport and physical activity for children as well as life skills training at  the center, will contribute towards social economic empowerment of around 18,000 children from vulnerable groups around Manzese ward.