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1100 +
25
250
in Leadership Training
as certified referees
of part-time work
YOUTH HOURS
YOUTH EMPLOYED
HOURS EARNED
When working with these young athletes, I
constantly tell them to remember the joy of
getting something new “right.”
EVERY DAY, EVERY PRACTICE,
EVERY TOUCH ON THE BALL IS A
CHANCE TO IMPROVE AND FEEL
THAT SAME JOY.
LIFEWORKS
Coach Leigh Jakes :: Soccer in the Streets
Students in LifeWorks gain hands-on experience.
LifeWorks was created to prepare youth with the concrete skills and work-readiness training to ultimately succeed.
Soccer in the Streets is creating young leaders who live rich lives and cultivate healthy communities. This is done by
providing a safe and inclusive environment for growth, along with a consistent presence and trusting relationship
with coaches and mentors.
In addition to on-the-field education, LifeWorks students participate in a classroom teaching environment and are
guided through the use of the Eight Pillars: career awareness, work experience, personal preparation, education
plan, mentoring, service, leadership, and enrichment.
W O R K E X P E RI E NCE
A P P R E NT ICE S HIP P R O G R A M
LE A D E R S HIP C A M P
In 2018, Soccer in the Streets led 25 students through a referee apprenticeship program gaining real-life experience and feedback from highly qualified
mentor referees. By working closely with Georgia Soccer, these highly
qualified mentors were identified. Through the apprenticeship program, 22
students earned their R8 and 3 students earned their R9. These certified individuals have contracted work with Soccer in the Streets as well as other local
clubs and tournaments. There are currently 14 students who will be new to the
apprenticeship program in 2019 and are slated to be certified in Spring 2019.
In April 2018, 26 students attended Leadership Camp at Camp Twinlakes.
At camp, students not only had the opportunity to partake in rock climbing,
archery, boating, and campfires but had the opportunity to have a week-long
workshop on how to positively impact their communities. At camp, students
created a game plan and a strategy that was implemented throughout the
summer and fall of 2018 led by the youth leadership council. Students also
had the opportunity to play soccer with other leaders in their communities
and students facilitated football3, a form of soccer that highlights respect and
fair-play in the game.
The Laureus Foundation teamed up with Soccer in the Streets, Atlanta Police
Foundation and local businesses from Mercedes-Benz Stadium to offer, “Going
for the Gold,” an employability workshop for high school students to prepare
for success and leadership in the workplace. At the end of the process, 15
students earned part-time jobs in food service at Atlanta United FC games.
Students in LifeWorks gain hands-on work experience. The MLS Allstar Game
was hosted in Atlanta in September and the organization had the opportunity
to work with MLS employees and Striking Marketing. Students were given
the opportunity to officiate the celebrity soccer games. They also manned
event booths, obtained signed waivers, distributed MLS Allstar SWAG and
worked alongside the mobile marketing team.
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“If I can impart just a little bit of information, provide support or offer encouragement, I know that will be key for the youngster to make that next step
towards their life’s purpose and success,” said Jill Robbins, Referee Apprenticeship Program Manager for the past 2 years.
Rodrigue, a youth player for the Clarkston team, gained new skills and experiences working the MLS event. “I learned discipline and how to work as a team
with the other players,” he said. “We were able to see the behind the scenes
of an event, which was something I had never experienced before.”
A number of graduates return to serve as coaches, referees, event staff and
administrators. In all, the graduates volunteer more 1,100 hours each year.
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2018 IMPACT REPORT





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