Champions in Action is a 501(c)3 organization with operations in Guatemala since 2010. Our second location in Guatemala will begin operations in August 2020. Our vision is to see a generation of at-risk youth empowered – by the Gospel, soccer and mentorship – to transform themselves, their families, their communities and their nation. We do this through year-long mentorship programs focusing on 4 investment pillars – summer soccer camps, weekly mentorship, soccer league and Mentor School.
Since we started operations Guatemala in 2010, we’ve mostly worked in and around Guatemala City’s red zones, where youth are most susceptible to the influence of drugs, crime and gang activity. We also work in some of the villages on the outskirts of the metropolitan area, where broken families, alcoholism and extreme poverty are prevalent.
The new Champions Chimaltenango location is about 1.5 hours west of Guatemala City. This site serves youth living in the El Tejar Municipality of the Sacatepequez ‘state’ and communities in the ‘state’ of Chimaltenango. Many of the youth come from indigenous Maya descent. While crime and gang violence can occur in these communities, many of the youth served by Champions Chimaltenango are more predominately faced with extreme poverty, lack of access to services, cycles of domestic and substance abuse and increased school drop out rates.