Pura Vida y Futbol- The simple life and soccer

Pura Vida y Futbol- The simple life and soccer

Community service through soccer in Costa Rica

Originally we were planning to return to Nicaragua, our usual destination for our summer international service trip. But due to the political unrest that began just two months before our departure we had to think fast and change course, slightly south, to Costa Rica. There we spent 5 days in a small town on the coast called Puntarenas. We coordinated logistics with a partner organization called Woza, they conduct soccer service trips in Costa Rica, Peru, Malawi every summer for high school aged groups and teams. Upon arrival we quickly jumped into the rampant soccer culture and played a night pick up game on the outdoor basketball court. The next day we began our service at the Roble elementary school nearby. There we worked with about 40 children, boys and girls ages 7-14. These children we worked with are orphans from local families that were unable to provide for them. They live in an orphanage nearby and attend this school everyday.

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“Personally, I was in an orphanage before I got adopted so I wanted to be able to see these kids and just bring them joy and love. I enjoyed seeing a different culture, meeting new friendly people, and seeing people so passionate about soccer- something I love too.” - Natasha Scott, 14 years old, San Francisco, CA

Our girls- junior coaches ages 12-14, jumped in emphatically to start playing with the kids and learning about their lives. The two groups attached to each other seamlessly. We played soccer for a few hours with them and then swam in the beach, played pick up beach soccer with some locals and then played indoor soccer with some of the older very skilled boys in the community. Using our Spanish to communicate proved challenging but also humorous. Their English was pretty good so we were able to get by.

“This trip was so valuable because a lot of the soccer we played was against boys. It feels like there is always a higher bar for girls and women playing sports and so I find myself constantly having to prove myself when playing soccer, but I think us participating in this trip helped us earn respect for all girls/women from the boys we played against. We had the opportunity to show them we were real competitors on the field." -Lucie Bacho, 14 years old, San Francisco, CA

The next few days were similar with the exception of the second day. We noticed the girls were not playing that much and saw the reason was that the boys were not passing to them and often taking the ball from them even when they were on the same team. So we separated the boys from the girls and found the girls to be very interested, excited, and wanting to play more! Some of the girls had exceptional skills and athleticism.

“When we told the girls we were going to play separately from the boys their faces lit up with smiles. I think most of them hadn’t played much in the past because of fear of judgement and not being worthy of playing with boys.” - Hannah Merickel, 14 years old, San Francisco, CA

The girls were happy and that made us happy in return, to make them smile and let them know we support them.

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“While we were playing buddy soccer (holding hands with a local girl while playing) my partner didn’t speak any English. But when I helped her get the ball on defense she was smiling as wide as she could and gave me a high five!” -Sophie Merickel, 12 years old, San Francisco, CA

On our last day we were able to visit the soccer academy run by a local professional soccer player named Roberto. He had a group of about 45 boys and 2 girls participating in the academy session that was run by another professional player at the local soccer stadium. The session was impressively very collegiate in its drills and style of play.

“This trip was important to me because I wanted to make a difference in an area where girls don’t generally play soccer. It was inspiring to me to see the girls smiling and having so much fun playing soccer with us. It seemed like their confidence was boosted and I hope they saw that girls are not lower than boys in sports.”- Maia Arriola, 14 years old, San Francisco, CA

After four days of coaching and playing endless amounts of soccer we had a day off to swing in the beautiful Costa Rica lush forest for some zip lining. We left Costa Rica wishing we could spend another week there- feeling grateful, accomplished, closer, and our hearts full.

“It is always good to me to learn about other cultures and their everyday lives. It was interesting to see how grateful we should be for everything we have because others in the world may not be as lucky. My favorite part of the trip was going to the school to play with the kids that are orphans because they were always very excited to see us and we all enjoyed playing together.” - Sarah Nasoni, 13 years old, San Francisco, CA

We plan to return and also remain connected with the local community partners, Roberto and Karol, to start a girls summer soccer program just like our Nicaragua program to get more girls playing and to provide the resources they need to do so.

If you want to help by either donating soccer cleats & clothes or by donating towards the $3,000 summer program cost here we know the girls will be extremely grateful!

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“My favorite part of the trip was meeting the local people, getting to play soccer against the boys my age because they were really skilled, and seeing all the girls at the school play soccer and really enjoy it!” -Ella Plotinsky, 12 years old, San Francisco, CA

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Summer & Day Camps 2018-2019

Register for one or all of our upcoming camps!

Register for two or more camps and receive a 10% discount. Register multiple daughters and get 10% off! *Only one discount can be applied.

October 8th, 2018 Monday 8:30am-3:30pm Day Camp in the Marina SF. Cost is $80 per player. Open to girls ages 6-13.

January 2nd-4th, 2019 Wednesday through Friday from 8:30am-3:30pm Winter Break Camp in the Marina SF. Cost is $200 per play. Open to girls ages 6-13.

February 5th, 2019 Tuesday from 8:30am-3:30pm Chinese New Year Day Camp in the Marina SF. Cost is $80 per player. Open to girls ages 6-13.

February 18th, 2019 Monday from 8:30am-3:30pm President's Day Camp in the Marina SF. Cost is $80 per player. Open to girls ages 6-13.

June 10th-14th, 2019 Monday through Friday from 8:30am-3:30pm Art & Soccer Camp! Girls ages 8 and up, cost is $385 per participant. Location in the Marina of SF. Learn how to draw a self-portrait, write poetry, make sun tea, and SOCCER!

July 22-26, 2019 9:00am-2:30pm Soccer & Leadership Camp at Lake Merritt in Oakland $325 per player. Girls ages 7 and up to improve skills on the ball, off the field and meet new friends. 

July 29th-August 2nd, 2019 Monday through Friday from 8:30am-3:30pm Leadership & Beach Soccer Camp! Girls ages 8 and up, cost is $395 per participant. Location is at Ocean Beach, SF. Learn the values of leadership from a personal to community level, gain skills in goal setting, and bicycle kicks in the sand!

August 12th-16th, 2019 Monday through Friday from 8:30am-3:30pm Leadership & Collegiate Soccer Camp at SF State University with the SF State Women's Soccer team and coaches! Girls ages 7 and up, cost is $400 per participant. Girls will be divided by age/level. Join the SF State Gators student-athletes for a week to learn about college life, college soccer, and what college coaches are looking for in players.

"I look for the player that is going to make an impact when she steps on to the field- either with her voice, energy, skills, or effort."- Tracy Hamm, Head Coach of SF State Women's Soccer Team

Early and late pick up options available for all camps as well as half day options.

Questions? Contact us at info@girlsleadinggirls.org

Ready to register? Fill out the Registration Form on our Registration page of this site and we will send you more details about your camp. Space is limited to sign up quickly!

Meet Coach Karli!

Meet Coach Karli Jonasen

Karli is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She joined Girls Leading Girls in 2017 as a head coach and SF Sol program manager. Karli recently joined our 03/04 SF Sol Travel team to Gothenburg, Sweden for the Gothia Cup over the summer. Karli attended Loras College in Dubuque, IA where she majored in International Studies and Politics. In 2010-2011, Karli played soccer for Loras College, where they were conference Champions and made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament.  She ended her soccer career after the season due to multiple ACL/meniscus surgeries. However, she then played lacrosse for Loras in 2013 and 2014. She was captain and was awarded Most Inspirational Player after the 2013 season.

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What do you love most about coaching?

The best part of coaching is connecting with the girls. Helping them on the field is awesome and watching them improve and succeed on the field is great. But the even more rewarding part is helping them become better versions of themselves. Helping them see that they are stronger than they think, that they can push themselves farther than they think they can go, and learning that they are leaders in their own way is the most rewarding.

I have had my fair share of bad coaches, and I know that I do not want other girls to have to have coaches who will make them hate the game. I still love the game because of the couple great coaches I did have. I learned what kind of coach I wanted to be which is a positive and encouraging coach. And at the same time I am serious about helping them become better players.

What does coaching mean to you?

Coaching is so much more than just the game. It is about their future. Teaching these girls healthy habits, how to play the game safely, how to do technical skills properly, teaching them good sportsmanship, teaching them how to be a good teammate is so important to me. Helping them grow is the best part about coaching.

What motivated you to play collegiate soccer?

I wanted to be the best athlete I possibly could be. I pushed myself harder than anyone else. I was my toughest critic. Since I was 13 years old, I have had 6 different knee tears and 4 surgeries. I learned how hard it was to be on the sidelines. Whenever I was healthy I never took anytime I had on the field for granted because I knew what it was like to not be able to play the game that I loved. I lost a total of about four years due to the injuries, surgeries, and recovery times. So when I made it to college, I did not take anything for granted. I not only had regular two hour practices a day, but I also did weightlifting, conditioning sessions with my athletic trainer, and then pre- and post- sessions with the athletic training in order to keep myself and my injuries healthy.  I did not want to let myself down and I definitely did not want to let my teammates down.

What helped you stay disciplined as a student athlete?

Part of being a student athlete is the academics. Academics should be just as important as the sport you are playing. So as much time I spent working on my game, I also spent the same amount, if not more on my studies. I worked extremely hard in college. I made the Dean’s list every year. I also participated in missions trips and social justice trips domestically and internationally. I was just as hard on myself when it came to academics.

What is your biggest fear?

One of my biggest fears is not fulfilling my potential. I never wanted to squander my academics or athletics because I did not waste any of my potential. I continue to push myself every day so I can reach my full potential!

What do you hope to change about the world?

I hope to change people’s attitudes with one smile at a time. I am a positive person who wants to believe the best in people and in the world. I know I cannot clean all the oceans of the world alone. I know I cannot solve world hunger alone. I know I cannot stop all the wars and fighting alone. But maybe by sharing my positivity with the people around me, I can change people’s thinking. Help us care for one another no matter what religion, ethnicity, economic background, gender, or sexuality. Because when we all feel important, then we all feel like we can make a difference. And together, we are stronger. With one smile, you can turn someone’s day around. Simple acts of kindness, is how I choose to try to change the world every single day. Those little acts can help make a great difference when enough people have been touched by kindness.

More About Karli

Karli has coached at the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy (JFSLA) in New Jersey, Illinois, Georgia, and California every summer since 2011. She has worked with girls ages 9-18. At JFSLA, the coaches focus on teaching the girls soccer skills, but also teaching them about leadership on and off the soccer field. Throughout the years, Karli has had the opportunity and privilege to learn under former national players, current professional players, college coaches, and club coaches.

In 2016, Karli was chosen along with nine other JFSLA alumni to represent the United States and the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy in India. This opportunity was funded by the State Department. They were teamed up with Magic Bus, an organization that works with boys and girls in the slums across India. Abroad the JFSLA alumni had the chance to learn more about Magic Bus, visit the slums, and work with boys and girls on and off the soccer field.

“Our coach, Karli, was outstanding. The proof is in the incredible turnaround of our team, which prior to this season had not won a single game!” - SF Sol parent

Happy Holidays!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS
from Girls Leading Girls & SF Sol FC!

SHOP ONLINE HERE and a 5% of your total amount will automatically be donated to Girls Leading Girls! Stores like Amazon, Macy's, and Target!

Looking for good gifts for the holidays? Shop on our online SF Sol Spirit Wear Store here! We have hats for dad, shirts for mom, and soccer gear for your daughters!
 

Consider donating to our campaign here as a gift to someone! Our Free After School Program serves 100 girls less fortunate in the Tenderloin, Mission, and Excelsior of San Francisco.

Cheers to a great holiday season to you and your family!

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Winter Programs with Girls Leading Girls

Winter Program with Girls Leading Girls and SF Sol January-March 2018

This Winter we are offering a NEW option! Instead of the city futsal league we are happy to offer a less hassle, more consistent and well maintained gym that is close by, with a more Girls Leading Girls approach.

Please fill out this form below to participate in our options and submit your participation fee to us via PAYPAL please include your daughters NAME and GRADE at https://paypal.me/girlsleadinggirls

*INDOOR FUTSAL INTER-LEAGUE with Girls Leading Girls/SF Sol teams at Hi-Five Sports Zone (19th ave and Geary Blvd) for girls in grades 3rd-7th ONLY. This inter-league will run for 8 weeks from January 3- February 28th, 2018. ALL games will be at HiFive Sports Zone gym on Saturday or Sunday at either 8am or 6:30pm. One practice a week per team for one hour on either Wednesday or Thursday sometime between 4:00pm-7:30pm. Cost for this all inclusive option is $295 per player. Players will be placed on their current Sol teams. Teams need a minimum of 8 players and maximum of 12. Teams will be divided in groups playing against other Sol and a few non-Sol invite only teams within one grade difference- i.e. a 4th grade team will get to play against a 5th grade team and a 3rd grade team in their group. Winners of each group will get prizes! A limited number of teams will be accepted due to space limitations so sign up asap!

*Winter leadership and skills clinics once a week, players will be divided up by age/grade. Open to players in grades 2nd-9th. No games. Cost is $175 per player. Days will be either Wednesday or Thursday for an hour sometime between 4:00pm-6:00pm.

We hope you'll join us for a fun winter season so the girls can keep getting touches on the ball, game experience, girls leadership coaching, and continued team chemistry to build for the Spring season! All players that sign up for any of the above options will get to participate in our winter RUNNING CLUB once a week for an hour at Polo track field on Tuesdays from 4:45pm-5:45pm.

Fill out the form below and submit your payment via paypal to secure your spot! Registration will close once we reach maximum capacity.

Please NOTE practice and Game schedules will be posted by November 30th, 2017! 

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See WHY Girls Leading Girls and SF Sol FC started with our NEW VIDEO Story!

Check out our new video story of why Girls Leading Girls and SF Sol FC was started over three years ago and consider making a donation today to support our mission! #givingtuesday #miahamm #girlsleadinggirls

Join us in EARLY GIVING TUESDAY to reach more girls!

MVP- Provide our program for free to 50 girls in poverty in SF: $1,000.00
Goal Scorer- 3 months of soccer for 3 girls in the Tenderloin: $600.00
Game Changer- provide equipment for a school team in the Mission: $100.00 

DONATE NOW HERE via PAYPAL!

Girls Leading Girls Positions

We are hiring! 

Part-time Program Assistant and part-time coaches!

Program Assistant

Position: Girls Leading Girls Program Assistant

Location: San Francisco

Hours: 20 hours a week, with required hours of 3:30-6:30pm 4 days during the week and one weekend day

 Start Date: August 2017 for one year minimum commitment

About Us

Girls Leading Girls is a 501c3 nonprofit that trains young women in leadership and life skills through soccer. We work with over 250 girls every year on and off the field providing team play, camps, clinics, conferences, workshops. This year we are expanding to Oakland, CA and Nicaragua! We are looking for a passionate self-started to join our San Francisco team.

Position Statement

Every staff supports the mission of the non-profit Girls Leading Girls: to train young women in leadership and life skills through soccer. Our programs focus on three main areas:  skill development through soccer training and competitive play,  leadership training through our junior coaches and career mentoring programs, andcharacter building through our community service initiatives both at home and abroad. To date, we have over 200 girls in our programs from various socio-economic backgrounds and ages.

 General Responsibilities

1. Program Support: Attend and help plan Girls Leading Girls coach trainings and professional development sessions, usually 2-4 per season. Lead recreational team soccer sessions weekly following the GLG curriculum. Assist with coach recruitment, training, managing.

2. Administrative Support: Send weekly team emails, confirm player and coach attendance each week, help with registration, and general administrative support. Sort, label, and give out coach equipment as well as collect at end of season.

3. Event Support: Help plan and attend GLG events throughout the year with ED. Attend league meetings and networking events to represent GLG.

Qualifications: Comfortable working with children ages 7-16, parents and coaches. Must have strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills; must be organized, patient, reliable, and able to multitask. Taking initiative is required in this role. Skills in social media, excel Google apps are required.

Training: Sign up and complete the F & E coaching courses as well as the league coaching required certifications, on-going curriculum and soccer training provided.

Compensation: Pay range from $20,000-$25,000 annual salary for 20 hours a week part-time hours. GLG will cover the cost of any coaching licenses successfully completed. Possible promotion and/or pay increase at the end of one year term based on performance.

To Apply: Please e-mail Brianna Russell your resume and cover letter: brianna@girlsleadinggirls.org

Professional Level: Entry level

Part-time Coach

3-7 hours a week coaching a team of girls Monday-Friday practice and one game on the weekends in San Francisco.

Email your resume and cover letter to Brianna@girlsleadinggirls.org

Join us on June 17th, 2017 for a Girls Soccer & Leadership Jamboree!

June 17, 2017 Soccer Jamboree!

Parents, daughters, sons, adults, friends, siblings, join us on June 17, 2017 for a fun Soccer Jamboree!

This Jamboree is hosted by Girls Leading Girls and Siena Clark, our Lead High School Junior Coach as a fundraiser to bring community members together for a fun day of soccer games, activities, and prizes!

Where: Beach Chalet Soccer Field #1 in Golden Gate Park, SF

Time: 10:30am-2:00pm

Cost: Suggested donation per participant of $15-$30

Who can participate? Parents, siblings, girls.

Fun game stations with prizes, a mini-tournament for your gender/age group with at least two short games that day, and cool vendors like Jamba Juice & Muscle Milk!

Teams: 7-10 players per team, based on registration we will mix teams together or play small sided games. Register as an individual, you can include your team name if you have a team already. If you don't have a team we will add you to one in your age and gender group!

Please indicate each participants age, name, and preference for team placement. 

If you’re interested in volunteering please email your host- Siena Clark at 17sclark@shcp.edu.

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Shout Outs

Girls Leading Girls & SF Sol FC Soccer Program

By Natasha Scott, 8th grader at Zion Lutheran, on the SF Sol Warriors 03 Gold Travel team

Shout outs are something that Sol does as a team at the end of each practice and game. It is when all the players have a chance to compliment their team mates about their hard work. I think that shout outs are a great way to notice everyone's hard work and effort. Because games and practices can leave the team disappointed and frustrated at times, it can be hard to channel that in a positive way. Shout outs are a way to do that though and be encouraging to your team mates. When you notice and comment on your team mate's effort and hard work they are giving to the team, it can mean a lot. When I joined Sol 2 seasons ago I thought one of the coolest things were shout outs and the type of environment it makes. Everyone is so kind, fun, and positive toward one another. The soccer team I came from before Sol was a great team but honestly not very kind toward each other. So I thought this was so amazing and a super smart idea. For this reason I told my basketball coach at my school what shout outs were and suggested that the basketball team do it at the end of each practice and game too. She loved the idea and now we do it at basketball all the time. I truly do think that it has brought the team together more and made everyone a little more kind. With shout outs no one leaves the field (or court) mad at each other. Instead we remember how hard we all worked and that any mistakes made will help us in the future. Shout outs have changed the way I play soccer, and I think I could easily say it has changed many of my team mates.