Los Angeles Football Club Youth Leadership Program

A Bresee Youth Center partnership with the Los Angeles Football Club.


Empower and train Los Angeles at-risk students to organize and coach year-round soccer programs for youth in the community – providing job skills, life skills, and developing their leadership as coaches, mentors, and role models.


LAFC Youth Leadership Program will transform Los Angeles by using soccer to strengthen community relationships.

What we do:

  • We create high impact 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 YLP Administration and Advisory Council.
  • We host large-scale Friday/Saturday soccer clinics in South and Central Los Angeles. Partners include major Los Angeles soccer organizations such as USC Women’s Soccer, UCLA Women’s Soccer, LMU Men’s Soccer, and 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. Our program is often the first professional work experience for our Youth Leaders.
  • Also included in the LAFC YLP 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, doctors, lawyers, and Major league soccer administrators, players, and coaches)
    • Professional Resume Design
    • Professional Sports Mental Training
    • Professional Coaches and Referee Training

Please note:

We are not a soccer academy (no try-outs, travel teams, etc)
We are not a soccer league
We do not have a club team

LAFC Youth Leadership Program Curriculum Components and Model


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


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


  • 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.

Two 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.


  1. Consciousness of Self
  2. Congruence
  3. Commitment


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


  1. Citizenship
  2. Change

LAFC Advisory Council


  • Rich Orosco
    Los Angeles Football Club
    EVP, Brand & Community
  • Tim Martin
    Justwrks, Inc.
  • Peter Wasek
  • Nick Croxton
    Commercial Real Estate

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
    NASL Miami FC,
    Sierra Leone National Team
  • James Riley
    Major League Soccer,
    Director of Player Relations
  • Travis Bowen
    Professional Soccer Player, Germany
  • Gerardo Cisneros
    Los Angeles Football Club, Academy Coordinator

Community Outreach

  • Father David O'Connell
    Bishop, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
    San Gabriel Pastoral Region
  • Tony Terry
    Principal, Augustus Hawkins High School
  • Juan Quintanilla
    Newmark High School

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Contact info:

Anthony Cummings
Managing Director

Danny Oliver
Site Coordinator - South Los Angeles

Ben Goldman
Los Angeles Football Club - Coordinator, Brand & Community