The strongest image of change is youth. Young people all over the world raises their voices to a roar in the effort to affect the world with demands for political change, climate action and to be heard.
Youths are to be given a driver’s seat, listened to, supported and included if we want sustainable change and a better world.
Youth is, therefore, at the core of GAME’s mission. The goal of making a lasting social change goes through the empowerment of youth and in GAME this is obtained among other things, via the GAME Empowerment Method. Tied to street sports and culture, this tool permeates all activities in GAME, most obviously in the Playmaker Program and the training of GAME’s volunteers.
The Playmaker Program and training of volunteers
GAME offers youth an education as volunteer street sports instructors and role models. The training equips young people to lead weekly practices in street sports and street culture for local children and youth. Empowerment, life skills, teamwork, gender equality, and civil society is part of the volunteer education. The volunteers serve as role models in underserved, marginalized and/or conflict communities and they are an important part of the social change that GAME works toward.
The GAME Playmaker Program consists of annual weekend education camps, weekly training in local GAME Zones and annual events like GAME Finals and Street GAME.
The GAME Playmaker Program is for young people, and it is free. The young volunteers receive a Playmaker certificate when they have completed the camps and have been active in their local GAME Zones for at least one year.
The power of putting youth in the frontline when working with empowerment and inclusion is apparent in the impact on the individual. But the ripple effects of empowering the young volunteers are immense: The volunteers bring their learnings to other spheres of their lives: school, jobs, friends and family. And the children in the GAME Zones are introduced to the physical activity and life skills at the practices and through their interaction with the volunteer. From a very early age, the children are included in physical activity and equipped with skills to grow into youths and adults who are healthy and empowered human beings and citizens. The children also bring this to their friends, and home to their siblings and parents.
The GAME Playmaker Program is implemented in countries in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Please go to the country of your interest to explore the local work with Youth Leadership here.