Children & Youth

Kicking Out Obesity

Bobadilla Summer Soccer Academy

The Bobadilla Summer Soccer Academy builds the soccer skills of New Brunswick's children on the field and their life skills for off the field.

 

The Bobadilla Summer Soccer Academy is named after its creator – Captain Mike Bobadilla, a long-time city figure dedicated to empowering New Brunswick's youth. Captain Bobadilla created the camp 9 years ago as a volunteer. There was a need for children to be involved in positive, healthy activities because the city had more than 13 active gangs and the lowest graduation rate in the county at 68.5%. Using soccer as a vehicle to engage children and youth throughout the summer months, NBT partnered with Captain Bobadilla. We enriched the program by infusing our holistic model, grounded in strengthening communities, to reinforce youth development on multiple levels.

As a result, a FREE, five-week camp serving approximately 200 children every Summer, ages 6-18, was created. Many High School students were hired as junior counselors. The counselors received peer mentoring and became role models for camp participants. Additionally, many experienced their first employment, receiving a stipend and providing temporary economic support for families in low to moderate income communities.

OUR IMPACT

For 2016 – 2018

442

children & youth were enrolled

25+

community service hours were served by campers

91%

community service hours were served by campers

74%

daily attendance rate; compared to 65% nationally for similar camps

35%

of the campers were female; more than double the national average for co-ed soccer programs

50+

high school students were provided a paid position as junior counselors

20%

of attendees never played soccer before

92%

of all campers said they want to continue to play soccer

For September 2017 – June 2018

459

different students reached

281

students received group counseling in topics such as mindful awareness and empowerment

265

students received mental health counseling

1876

students attended various LGBTQ and educational events and clothing/food/toy drives

6

students completed the instructional portion of the Youth Intervention Program

220

students attended Soccer Camp

For 2016 – 2018

442

children & youth were enrolled

25+

community service hours were served by campers

91%

community service hours were served by campers

74%

daily attendance rate; compared to 65% nationally for similar camps

35%

of the campers were female; more than double the national average for co-ed soccer programs

50+

high school students were provided a paid position as junior counselors

20%

of attendees never played soccer before

92%

of all campers said they want to continue to play soccer

100%

of student parents have remained in school

86%

of student parents graduated from high school

98%

delayed having a second child until after graduation

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Young girls doing kicking drills

Young boys stretching and warming up

Two youth going for the ball

Working on their footwork and agility

A young boy practices scoring a goal

Passing the ball to a teammate

A young girl throws the ball in to start a play

Captain Mike Bobadilla with a camp attendee

Camp attendees and counselors

More camp attendees with their trainers and counselors

Focused on her work

Learning to make a penalty kick

All of the camp's attendees, counselors and trainers

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

Camp attendees preparing for soccer skills camp

KEY ISSUES

  • The Bobadilla Summer Soccer Academy keeps New Brunswick's youth engaged in constructive programs that reduces “summer slide”. This term describes the tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of the academic achievement gains made during the previous school year.

  • The camp also serves to keep youth out of gangs and/or illicit activities.

PROGRAM Partners

New Brunswick Tomorrow along with The Bobadilla Summer Soccer Academy is coordinated by Captain Mike Bobadilla of the New Brunswick Police Department. New Brunswick Tomorrow is a proud supporter of this program along with our partners from the Rutgers Community Health Foundation and the N.J. Department of Children and Families.