The Homeless World Cup Legacy Center in Santa Cruz, Brazil is a prototype facility utilizing football as a tool for empowerment and social change for women and youth. With the Homeless World Cup arriving in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in fall 2010, Architecture for Humanity, Homeless World Cup, and Nike teamed up with local partners Organização Civil de Ação Social (OCAS), and Instituto Bola Pra Frente (BPF) to establish a Legacy Center that would implement the Homeless World Cup influence beyond the week-long Tournament and Leadership Conference. The Youth and Women’s Leadership center in Santa Cruz is the new home for Instituto Bola Pra Frente in Santa Cruz modeled after the non-profit’s successful program in Guadalupe, Rio de Janeiro. While the center in Guadalupe focuses services for youth and their families, the new center in Santa Cruz extends specific services to the greater community as well as providing meeting and classroom space available for OCAS and other community organizations. With the broad spectrum of services and users on site, the project layout is based on a gradation of public to private access, including strict access filters to achieve the ideal secure learning environment for the youth at Instituto Bola pra Frente.
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