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The most critical part of a child's day begins after the final bell rings. Soccer for Success is a free after-school program that is proven to help kids establish healthy habits and develop critical life skills through caring coach-mentors and family engagement.
Are you interested in mentoring young kids, and making a difference in your community?

Soccer forSuccessis theU.S. Soccer Foundation s innovative youth development program that uses socceras a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for childrenin under-resourced urban communities. Soccer for Success uses sport for social change and strives toaddress the holistic needs of under-served children.

Thisposition will lead the implementation and oversight of the Soccer for Success program in one of the thirteen elementary schoollocations across mainly South Seattle (Kent, Auburn, Highline), as well as Everett and Yakima. The Assistant Coach servesas a mentor and positive role model for children, and mustfollow the U.S. Soccer Foundation curriculum and abide by all Washington YouthSoccer Foundation and school district policies. Individual program schedules will bedetermined by Washington Youth Soccer Foundation and the school, but format will follow: three90 minutes sessions per week, spread over two 12-week seasons (fall/spring),immediately following the end of the school day. Start times range from 3:00 pm3:45 pm. Coaches will be expected to work for 2 hours on each of the threedays.

The program has five main pillars:

PhysicalActivity: Childrenparticipate in 90 minute sessions at least three days a week to ensure theyreceive the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise perday.

Mentorship: Each site is staffed by coaches who serve as mentors that areinvested in the successful development of each child. Mentors stress theimportance of doing well in school and avoiding negative influences such asdrugs, alcohol, and violence.

Oursports-based group-mentoring program, Soccer for Success, uses soccer as a hookto engage youth in mentoring relationships. The unique aspect of the program ishow it leverages the sport as a tool for trained adult mentors to buildrelationships with youth from low-income communities.

Byusing soccer as the hook, we are able to engage youth who would traditionallynot be interested in entering a formal mentorship.

Nutrition: Soccer forSuccess staff deliver relevant educational activities where participantsare taught the basics of nutrition, the importance of making healthy lifestylechoices, and the importance of maintaining healthy eating habits.

Family Engagement: Soccer forSuccess strives to turn parents and family members into advocates whoreinforce the program's teachings by applying them in their homes. Familymembers are provided with information on nutrition, health, and public servicesthat will aide them in their pursuit of a healthier lifestyle.

Safe Spaces: Providing youth with a physically and emotionally safe environment after school.

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