Los Angeles Futbol Club Youth Leadership Academy (LAFC)

MISSION

We empower Los Angeles at-risk students to organize and coach year-round soccer classes and programs for youth in the community – providing job skills and developing their leadership as coaches, mentors, and role models for the next generation of neighborhood youth.

VISION

LAFC Youth Leadership Academy will transform Los Angeles by strengthening ties with the community, local organizations, and law enforcement.

What we are:

  • We produce high impact, intentional, and fun after school soccer leadership classes and programs for Los Angeles schools. All programs are designed and lead by high school students (LAFC Youth Leaders). **School sites determined by LAFC Administration and Advisory Council.
  • We host large scale Friday Night soccer clinic’s in South and Central Los Angeles. Included are major Los Angeles soccer organizations such as USC Women’s Soccer, UCLA Women’s Soccer, LMU Men’s Soccer, the Los Angeles Galaxy, MLS LAFC, and various Professional Soccer Players.
  • We train, mentor, and empower 30 high school youth (boys and girls) to create, lead, and implement fun and engaging soccer leadership programs. All 30 high school leaders are paid a $100 stipend each month. Also included in their training and program:
    • College Readiness (university field trips, SAT/ACT Prep, and financial aid workshops)
    • Speaker Series: All LAFC Youth Leaders participate in a series of professional and real world speaking engagements (non-profit executive directors, IRS agents, doctor’s, lawyers, and Major league soccer administrators, players, and coaches)
    • Professional Resume Design
    • Professional Sports Mental Training
    • Professional Coaches and Referee Training

What we are not:

  • We are not a traditional soccer academy (no try-out’s, travel teams, etc)
  • We do not have a club teams
  • We do not establish and organize traditional soccer leagues around Los Angeles (only league site is at Bresee Youth Center)

South Los Angeles

Hub:  Augustus Hawkins High School
Site Coordinator – Danny Oliver
doliver@bresee.org
15 LAFC Youth Leaders

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  • Mondays
    LAFC Youth Leader Team Meetings
    3:30pm – 4:30pm
    AH High School, Room 321
  • Tuesdays
    LAFC Leadership Soccer Class
    4:00pm – 5:00pm
    To Be Determined…in current talks with multiple school sites.
  • Wednesdays
    LAFC Leadership Soccer Class
    4:00pm – 5:00pm
    LAPD 77th Division – Jr. Cadet’s
    Population:  3rd grade to 6th grade
  • Thursdays
    LAFC Leadership Soccer Class
    4:00pm – 5:00pm
    St. Cecilia’s Catholic School
    Population:  5th and 6th grade
  • Fridays
    LAFC Skills and Drills Soccer Clinics
    5:30pm – 8:30pm
    Augustus Hawkins High School Soccer Field
    **Open to all ages 7 – 18.
    These dates are primarily twice (2) a month.  However, in the fall semester Hawkins football home games affect the schedule.

Central Los Angeles

Hub:  Bresee Youth Center
Site Coordinator – Gerardo Cisneros
gcisneros@bresee.org
15 LAFC Youth Leaders

View program schedule

    • Mondays
      LAFC Leadership Soccer Class
      4:00pm – 5:00pm
      Camino Nuevo Charter Academy
      Sandra Cisneros Campus
      Population:  4th and 5th grade
    • Tuesdays
      LAFC Leadership Soccer Class
      4:00pm – 5:00pm
      Camino Nuevo Charter Academy
      Kayne Siart Campus
      Population:  4th and 5th grade
    • Wednesdays
      LAFC Leadership Soccer Class
      4:00pm – 6:00pm
      Bresee Youth Center
      Bresee’s Academy for Middle School
      Population:  6th – 8th grade
    • Thursdays
      LAFC Youth Leader Team Meetings
      3:30pm – 4:30pm
      Bresee Youth Center
      Room – TBD.
    • Friday
      LAFC Skills and Drills Soccer Clinics
      5:30pm – 8:30pm
      Augustus Hawkins High School Soccer Field
      **Open to all ages 7 – 18.  These dates are primarily twice (2) a month.  However, in the fall semester Hawkins football home games change the schedule.
    • Saturdays
      LAFC Futsal Leagues
      8:00am – 11:00amBresee Youth Center/
      L.A. 1st Church of the Nazarene Futsal Courts
      **League dates, times, and ages are determined by the LAFC League Administrator.

 

If you plan on dropping by a site to observe please contact the site coordinator ahead of time so they can make arrangements (each site also has different dates they start and end on).


NOTE:
All site locations and partners have been established in advance to the academic year. Locations are determined by a multitude of factors (proximity to the home base, distance the LAFC high school youth leaders have to travel, funding, school site need, etc).

If you’d like to request a soccer leadership class at your school site please contact
Managing Director
Anthony Cummings
acummings@bresee.org.

LAFC Youth Leadership Academy Curriculum Components and Model

Social

  • Professional & Social Etiquette (handshaking, greeting, etc)
  • Public Speaking
  • Email Etiquette
  • Social Media Etiquette

Experiential

  • Professional Soccer Coaching
  • Professional Referee Training
  • Resume Design
  • Mock Interviews

Mental

  • Relaxation Techniques and Practices
  • Time Management
  • Mindfullness/Yoga/Meditation
  • Goal Setting

**All components have classroom and field training followed by practical application.

Educational Model:

The Social Change Model of Leadership Development holds the assumptions that leadership is a collaborative, values-based process open to all students, and identifies service as a key practice in helping students actualize their leadership potential.

2 Primary Goals:

  1. Enhance student learning through self knowledge and leadership competence
  2. To facilitate positive social change at the institution or in the community

Since our approach to leadership development is embedded in collaboration and concerned with fostering positive social change, the model examines leadership development from three different perspectives or levels:

Individual – Group – Community.

Individual:

  1. Consciousness of Self
  2. Congruence
  3. Commitment

Group:

  1. Collaboration
  2. Common Purpose
  3. Controversy with Civility

Community:

  1. Citizenship
  2. Change

LAFC Advisory Board

Fundraising/Partnerships

  • Rich Orosco
  • Tim Martin
  • Peter Wasek
  • Nick Croxton

Bresee Foundation

  • Seth Eklund
    Executive Director, Bresee Foundation

Los Angeles Police Department

  • Robert Arcos
    Deputy Chief, Central Bureau
  • Brodie Seagrave
    LAPD Sergeant, Wilshire Division
  • Cynthia Cuadra
    LAPD Sergeant, Newton Division

Professional Soccer Outreach

  • Mike Lahoud
    Midfielder,
    NASL Miami FC,
    Sierra Leone National Team
  • James Riley
    Major League Soccer,
    Director of Player Relations
  • Travis Bowen
    Professional Soccer Player, Germany

Community Outreach

  • Father David O’Connell
    Interim Bishop, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
    San Fernando Valley
  • Tony Terry
    Principal, Augustus Hawkins High School
  • Juan Quintanilla
    Newmark High School
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Contact info:

Anthony Cummings
LAFC Managing Director
acummings@bresee.org

Danny Oliver
LAFC Site Coordinator – South Los Angeles
doliver@bresee.org

Gerardo Cisneros
LAFC Site Coordinator – Central Los Angeles
gcisneros@bresee.org

Rich Orosco
LAFC Co-Founder
rich.orosco@lafc.com