SYS 2017 Indigenous Soccer Cup Announcement

Southwest Youth Services (SYS) is proud of its 10 years of service to Native youth in hosting the Annual Indigenous Soccer Cup (ISC). It has been our honor to provide Indigenous Soccer development and healthy competition to 3000 Native youth, ages 10-18.

We have come to a place in our history as a Positive Youth Development organization where we have to make some tough decisions regarding the ISC. SYS experienced in both 2016 and 2017, a challenge of securing ISC funding based on shifting fund priorities locally and nationally. As well, SYS has been re-evaluating its programmatic focus based on new opportunities and existing funding challenges. Taking into consideration these realities, SYS will not be hosting a 2017 Indigenous Soccer Cup (ISC).

We have been fortunate with support from various organizations throughout the years and wish to thank everyone for their commitment and generosity in providing a positive event for our Native youth. These organizations include Nike N7, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, McCune Foundation, Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, Corporation for National and Community Service, Cesar Chavez Foundation, Pueblo of Sandia, Pueblo of Pojoaque, U.S. Soccer Foundation, U.S. Soccer Federation, New Mexico Community Foundation, House of Soccer, National Indian Youth Leadership Project (NIYLP), the Aboriginal Sports Circle of Canada, Native Indian Football Association (NIFA), British Columbia, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railways Foundation, Daniels Fund, New Mexico Youth Soccer, National Soccer Coaches Association of America, University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Delinquency & Prevention, Tribal Youth Programs, U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, the World Indigenous Games Council, Navajo Nation Office of Behavioral Health, New Mexico Children’s Foundation, United Healthcare, Presbyterian Health, Molina Healthcare, New Mexico Department of Health, Seminole Tribe of Florida, AT&T, Public Service Company of New Mexico, New Mexico Gas Company, New Mexico Forum for Youth in Community, New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism, Sandia Resort & Casino Responsible Gaming Program, Futures for Children, Laguna Development Corporation, Native Pride, Enchantment Physical Therapy, San Felipe Casino, BodyArmor Super Drink, Amerind Risk Management Corporation, Albuquerque Sol, Horizons Albuquerque at the Bosque School, Native American Community Academy, Bosque School, Santa Fe Indian School, Native Health Initiative, American Indian Graduate Center, University of New Mexico’s American Indian Student Services and the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce.

We have been blessed to offer this wonderful event to our Native youth, many of whom who are now adults either completing college or in various careers. Several youth have come back to SYS to volunteer and support our work. We have also been fortunate to have had the support of many volunteers including AmeriCorps VISTA members, our community people and families. We wish everyone the best!

We understand there may be questions regarding this decision. Please feel free to contact JoAnn Melchor at 505-238-2058 or Herbert Manheimer at 505-265-4300. Thank you!

Thank you again to all who participated in the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. This event was not only a day of service, but a celebration of our mutual commitment to give back to those in need and those whose mission is to serve others. The Native Youth Wellness Corps, a project of Southwest Youth Services would like to also thank and acknowledge collaborating organizations that helped to make this year’s day of service so successful: the Native American Community Academy, the Petroglyph National Monument, LaPlazita Institute, Road Runner Food Bank, City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation, Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Native Health Initiative, Native American Concepts, the Harvard Zuckerman Fellows Program, DJ Breakaway, Monroe’s New Mexican Food, Cocina Azul, Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School, community volunteers and our AmeriCorps VISTA members. A day of service is great way to start 2017!

SYS was recently recognized by AmeriCorps VISTA and is honored to be a host site. Check out the video on their Facebook page:

Dear SYS Friends and Partner Organizations,

SYS is supporting the Native American Community Academy (NACA) with it’s Thanksgiving food drive this year. This is NACA’s 8th year of providing Thanksgiving baskets to NACA families. Please see attached letter from NACA and help support their efforts.
In gratitude,
JoAnn Melchor
Executive Director
Southwest Youth Services

The 10th Annual Indigenous Soccer Cup is in the books! Thank you to all the students, coaches, chaperones, presenters, Vistas, staff and sponsors! It wouldn’t have been a success without all of you! Watch the slideshow video below which highlights many great moments that occurred at ISC 2016:


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Indigenous Soccer Cup 2017

The Indigenous Soccer Cup (ISC) is a culmination of positive youth development programming for Native youth ages 10-19, with efforts to promote healthy lifestyles. Over the years, more than 800 Native youth from local, national, and international Native communities have joined SYS in a weeklong celebration of Native culture, soccer, wellness, youth leadership training, life skills, and college prep workshops. REGISTER TODAY

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