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STREET SOCCER USA INC
May 11, 2012

As a coach and mentor for Street Soccer USA I have the privilege of working with homeless and at-risk individuals in San Francisco (as part of Street Soccer USA - Bay Area). Through soccer we teach life skills and build a community. We practice two times a week as a team, and each practice has a theme that applies to soccer and life. The last theme I coached was on "Control". We practiced soccer skills that help players control the game and the ball (dribbling, passing, trapping). We also talked about how we can better control our attitudes and emotions in life which will ultimately help us all make better, healthier decisions. I enjoy working with our team members, and love when one of the team members takes a positive step in their lives (getting a job, going back to school, finding permanent housing, etc). Street Soccer USA continues to be successful in "tackling" homelessness in America, and I'm proud to be a part of this organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing players make improvements in their lives.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

create more opportunities for volunteers and players to interact outside of practice.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Coach/Mentor players at practice.

Youthlinc
August 15, 2009

YouthLINC gave me a great opportunity to utilize the business concepts I had been learning in the classroom in order to help create micro-enterprise loan lessons for women throughout the world. YouthLINC offers an incredible outlet for young people to get involved with service in their community, but don't quite know how to direct their desires to serve in an effective way. The organization really focuses on people, and looks to not only better those in our communities and the international community, but also to better the students involved in service. My international trip with YouthLINC to Thailand opened my eyes more fully to the realities of life. I was so grateful to have been able to help individuals in many aspects of their lives; we helped them economically, we helped them how they could be more healthy and take care of themselves, we helped them to rebuild their infrastructure, and we helped them to remember the good that comes from laughter and a helping hand. I would definitely recommend YouthLINC to anyone wanting to make an impact beyond their direct scope of life.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

once your project is complete for the year, they continue to find ways to keep you involved in service throughout the community. They also have yearly international alumni trips that allow us to go to an international community and serve again.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I worked with the Boys and Girls club in our community coaching a basketball team of youth without any other means to play. I also worked on building micro-financing plans that were then distributed to women's groups in Kenya, Peru, and Mexico. In Thaila.