Proudly serving asylee, immigrant and refugee youth in NYC through soccer instruction.
Our mission is to empower newcomer asylee, immigrant and refugee youth through soccer and mentorship; we achieve this by providing a positive space where our youth participants can connect with their peers in a safe and supportive environment to develop their soccer, language, and leadership skills.
Past + Present
Since our beginnings in 2008 under a different name, RIFA has grown from two volunteer coaches serving 10 youth participants to 10 volunteer coaches serving an average of 80 high-school aged boys in the past five years. RIFA was associated with Soccer Without Borders and the International Rescue Committee via Memorandums of Understanding prior to our incorporation as an independent non-profit in 2017. The volunteers have always envisioned the program to be a member in a network of services for newcomer asylee, immigrant and refugee youth in New York City.
While program participants come from diverse countries and speak different languages, every one of them shares an enthusiasm for soccer and every one of them deserves a great experience. Our volunteers will continue to work to strengthen our institutional foundation and are committed to providing more opportunities for youth participants by adding additional training sessions, developing a girls team, and increasing civic engagement programming.