Mia Erba's Journey to South Africa

Using soccer to teach young women leadership & inspire community change.

A fundraising campaign for Goals for Girls

Overview: 

Goals for Girls partners with organizations around the world, using soccer as a tool to tackle issues affecting young women. In South Africa, girls face many challenges, including the lingering effects of Apartheid, the AIDS epidemic, and socioeconomic obstacles that prevent many from reaching their true potential. 


For these girls, soccer is not simply a game; it is an important and innovative tool that provides a vital outlet to girls who are victims of poverty, social inequality, and increased health risk.


Our Next Program:  

In 2022, our Goals for Girls program teams will be comprised of around 20 American high school soccer players from all over the U.S.  

The first half of our South Africa program will be spent in Khayelitsha and Cape Town. With a 70% unemployment rate, poverty in this region is rampant, with young women disproportionately affected. Goals for Girls will help to host a financial education and HIV prevention program, partnering with local organizations to make the biggest impact.  


The second half of our program will be in Johannesburg for the Goals for Girls 2022 South Africa Leadership Summit. During the Summit, the American team will join participants from schools and partner organizations for a 4 day, sun-up to sun-down schedule, designed to empower girls through the game of soccer. Participants will leave with higher self-esteem, better communication skills, and an increased ability to make healthy choices. 

This trip has the potential to change the lives of all of the young women involved. While the American team will have the chance to help their South African peers embrace their full potential, the wisdom they gain in becoming global citizens will help them improve the status of girls across the world.


Get Involved:  

We would like to invite you to be a part of this amazing journey! Even though you can't physically come with us, your support of the members of the American delegation helps impact the lives of women around the world. A piece of you will come with us to South Africa. 

Even if you aren't able to financially contribute, you can help by following our journey online, sharing this campaign on social media, and sharing your love and support.

Goals for Girls is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and will send a tax receipt for every contribution made. Thank you for considering supporting this project! 

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About the Organization

Our mission is to use soccer to teach young women life skills on how to be agents of change, in their own lives and in their communities.

Goals for Girls connects girls from different countries and backgrounds with their peers around the world to address social and health challenges through cultural exchange, service, and soccer. Since 2007, we have used this unique platform to help disadvantaged girls across the globe by providing life skills education, all taught through the game of soccer.