What We Do / Sport for Community: Emerging Leaders in Action Program


Program Description

Transforming the power and popularity of mega sporting events, like the World Cup, into positive results for local communities and sport-based youth development leaders.

Why Sport-for-Development?

According to the UN, sport plays a significant role in promoting social integration and economic development in different geographical, politi¬cal and cultural contexts. Sport can strengthen social ties and networks, as well as promote ideals of peace, fraternity, solidarity, non-violence, tolerance and justice. Sport is increasingly being recognized and used as a low-cost and high-impact tool in humanitarian, development and peace-building efforts.


The Sport for Community: Emerging Leaders in Action Program, matches Brazilian youth leaders from the sport for development sector with an American mentor from a U.S. based private or non-profit organization. Participants, ages 20-35 with three or more years of work or volunteer experience with sport-based youth development programs, travel to the U.S. for a month-long mentorship where they gain knowledge, skills, and networks to create larger impacts and benefits for marginalized youth. Mentors will then travel to Brazil to meet with their mentee and support their work. Click here to read frequently asked questions and a few fun facts.

Program Timeline

October – November 2014 Mentees travel to the U.S. for a four week mentorship experience at a sport focused organization.
January – March 2015 Mentors travel to Brazil to meet mentees and learn about challenges and opportunities.
November 2014 – October 2015 Mentees develop projects and apply for small grant funding. Mentees and mentors participate in virtual webinars to share best practices and lessons learned.

Participant Bios


For more information, contact:

Melissa Golladay 202-637-6224, mgolladay@partners.net ; Gabriela Moore, 202-637-6205, gmoore@partners.net

The Sport for Community Program is supported by the SportsUnited office of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Mission to Brazil, and implemented by Partners of the Americas.