Final Evaluation: SKILLZ Street Plus (South Africa)
Location: South Africa
Grantee: Grassroot Soccer
Grant Period: 1 December 2013 – 3 November 2016
Grant Amount: $510,525
Grassroot Soccer implemented the “SKILLZ Street Plus” project for three years in South Africa, working with girls and boys. The project focused on helping girls aged 13 to 16 to choose intimate partners who respect gender equality in relationships and to prevent and address violence in their lives. It combined soccer with an educational curriculum that tackled intimate partner choice, gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS prevention.
Main findings of the evaluation:
- Girls reported that they talked to family and friends more frequently about sensitive gender-related issues after graduating from the project.
- Many of the boys demonstrated impressive attitudes about gender equality and said that men should not be violent towards women.
- The involvement of coaches appeared to foster socio-emotional growth among the participating boys and girls, and was an effective strategy for working with young people.