L.A.C.E.S. works with children impacted by injustices around the world
by providing mentorship, fostering belonging and cultivating community
through the power of sport
As an organization, we:
- embrace the wisdom that lives within the communities we serve and partners to build local capacity
- empower local leaders around the world to create change, support wellbeing and promote healing for children in their community
- build character and self-confidence of the youth in our programs
- ground our approach in servant leadership
- value ‘faith in action’ driven by compassion and the belief that transformation is possible
- embody Proverbs 22:6, GNT: “Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their life”
- serve children of all faiths (or no faith at all) with compassion, love and understanding
- deliver measured, proven results that fundamentally improve the quality of life for the communities we partner with and the children we serve
Since 2007, L.A.C.E.S. has been using mentorship-based sport leagues in Liberia to reintegrate street living children, Ebola affected children or children caught in inter-tribal violence back into their family and social environment. Initially, we started our work in Liberia because of the damage and residual conflict that remained in the wake of their 14 year civil war. Throughout the conflict, an estimated 15,000 children fought in this war, consequently depriving young people from the positive influence of role models such as parents and community leaders they would have developed under. Growing up with severe social challenges in their communities, the children in Liberia have been scarred by war and violence. We continue to serve communities there to this day.
Aside from more than 3,000 children impacted in Liberia, West Africa, L.A.C.E.S. has worked with more than 530 refugee children in the greater Washington, DC area since 2016. When our organization started serving refugee youth in the United States, it was out of a deep desire to be of service to those in a very volatile time in their life. For the past several years, we have held multiple soccer camps and activities that allow these children to feel more at home in the United States.