ACSF’s award-winning youth programming supports healthy youth development through regular physical and cultural activities led by top professionals in the field, who act as positive role models and create a supportive learning environment. ACSF works to develop each participant's artistic skill, cultural literacy, and personal character through high-quality training, leadership activities, community involvement, and the integration of authentic cultural tradition into program activities.
Capoeira develops a broad spectrum of skills, including physical techniques in self-defense, acrobatics, and fitness; musical skills such as playing instruments, keeping rhythm, and singing; social skills in teamwork and strategy; and a basic understanding of the Portuguese language.
We know from years of experience that capoeira is a powerful way to teach young people valuable life skills—confidence, leadership, goal-setting, teamwork, cooperation, and respect—that can lead to a lifetime of good health and civic involvement. Capoeira is truly a holistic approach to youth development.
ACSF's high-quality programs use the building blocks of healthy youth development, which address the full spectrum of young people's needs to support their emotional, social, and physical development. ACSF students:
Develop relationships with supportive adults and peers
Build confidence and develop cultural awareness while learning new skills
Improve mental, physical, and cognitive health through regular physical activity
Develop a sense of belonging and freedom in an environment of emotional and physical safety
Participate in decision-making and build leadership skills