Hi, my name is Jayden Shah. I am on the U12 E1 team. For my leadership project, I created a drive for donating books to Floyd I. Marchus School of Concord. This school is for kids who struggle with emotional and behavioral issues.The school library only receives books through donation, so it has only a small amount of books. My teammates and I donated over 100 books to the school. There is no librarian at the school, so I asked a student to volunteer his time to help shelve the books we were donating. It was a great experience for the student and me. I chose to donate books because reading a book can lead to an open mind and a creative imagination. It means a lot to me because I felt like a contributed a lot to adding more books to their small library.
I am Gus Shiblaq and for my service project my mom, dad, and brother went to the Alameda County food bank. We went on November 11, 2017.
My service project was to go to the Alameda County Food Bank and we packed lots of meals for families and people who are struggling to have food. The Alameda County Food Bank have lots of partners that help them get food, then they have volunteers come in and help pack the food. The the food bank gives the food packages to people who are struggling to get food. We packed lots of boxes full of different kinds of foods. The Alameda County Food Bank is a great organization and I would suggest to volunteer there.
I learned from this experience that many people don’t have as much as many others. I will try and do this again because it feels great to give back to our community.
Gus Shiblaq – U13 Premier
For my leadership project, I volunteered with the Food Bank of Contra Costa County and Solano to distribute food to people who need it most. We worked with the Food Bank to deliver produce to those who needed it in Bethel Island, CA. The first thing we did was help unload a large truck that delivered the produce to Bethel Island. We unloaded the tables and loaded it up with all of the food. Some of the food on the table included apples, potatoes, squash, and lots more. There were about 10 people handing out food and over 120 people came to take food! After the twp hours of handing out food I felt like I should do this more often and shouldn’t take things for granted. I am glad I did this community service project because it made me think of others and how their life would feel without food. I felt like I made someone’s day and feeling like I made someone’s day makes my own day too.
– Shota Lam BUSC USSDA U12
Charley and Edgar – U14 Premier – Fundraiser for BUSC Scholarship Fund
Hello, our names are Charley Jetter and Edgar Campos from the U14 Premier team. For our leadership project, we raised money for the Ballistic Scholarship Fund. Our goal was $250.
To raise this money, we decided to sell things that you might find at a snack shack, such as gatorade, water, chips, bars, and donuts. We went to Costco to get these supplies.
Soon after, we got some teammates to help and met at the sports park to set up and sell. We had both a table and a wagon to sell items. After three hours of selling on the first day, we reached $170 profit. So we decided to go another day to reach our goal.
The next day, we went to Patelco and sold just from a table. After a couple of hours, we passed our goal and made $258.50 profit to donate.
From this experience, we learned that a lot of good can be done from just a few of hours of work. We really appreciated help from our teammates, had fun, and felt good about donating to a good cause. We hope that this story will inspire you to help others also.
For my service project I decided to help clean up the sports park. First my mom and I searched for a date that was a good time to do this project. Then I compiled a list of all the items I would need to put this into action. Then my mom and I wrote and sent the invite to friends and teammates. Unfortunately only 1 teammate showed up, but we still got lots of work done. we wanted to clean up the sports park but it was closed last minute, so we cleaned up val vista instead. In conclusion we cleaned up the park very well, and I am glad that I choose to clean up the park. – Jeffery, Derek, Brenden,Jonah
Matthew Salas – U13 US Developmental Academy
For my community service project I collected coats, sweaters and scarfs, and donated them to the Davis Street Family Resource Center, in San leandro. I thought that this was a good deed to do, because I wanted to give people things that they do not have. The weather had been very cold, close to 35 degrees and some people needed winter clothes. At first, I was hesitant to do presentations to my relatives, but then I pictured all the people that would be happy and thankful for the coats and sweaters that they would receive. I got the courage to do a presentation to all of my relatives either in person or over the phone. I asked if they had any spare winter clothes that they would like to donate for a special cause. I scheduled times to go to their houses and collect coats, gloves, scarfs and sweaters from my relatives that would help other people. I collected over 30 items of winter clothes from my uncles, aunts, cousins, and parents.
When I went to the Davis Street Family Center, I saw a lot of items being donated such as food, clothes and toys. I was truly amazed! I took the winter clothes to the warehouse where all the items were being collected and given to the people who needed it the most. I felt really good that I was able to help people and give back to the community. Especially in this time of the year where it is very cold.
I understand how leadership ties in with community services, because you have to organize everthing. Just like in soccer, you make sure your team is ready for a game and have them organized. You become a leader when you do all of this.
Hello my name is Noah Nguyen and I collected donations from our team and donated it to an organization called Soccer Without Borders. Soccer Without Borders is an organization that gives local refuges opportunities for soccer. I sent out an email to my team saying that I will hold donations of any kind of gear, like cleats, futsal shoes, and clothing, for two weeks. I collected the gear at practices and brought a donation bin and lots of bags to collect them in. Every practice I got tons of gear and it felt amazing because of how much gear we collected over only one team. We received 45 pairs of cleats and futsal shoes, a ball, and clothing such as jackets and jerseys. I was so jubilant to see this many donations and the refuges will benefit too. Soccer Without Borders was very grateful for our donations, Because of the drive we donated tons of gear for the local refugees to use and wear.
Hello our names are Ben Harbourne, and Derek Zhang and our project was to donate money to the East Bay SPCA in Dublin.
We set up a small area in which we sold cookies, cupcakes, and brownies and other things. All of the money earned from the Bake Sale was sent towards the SPCA and was used for helping out the animals that live there. We were surprised about how much people were willing to give and how much of a difference the things like we did can help. The people who ran SPCA were very thankful for our donation and we got to also check out the animals overall this was a wonderful learning experience for us and our team.
Hello our names are Daniel Vasilyev, Petar Bilkic, Jake Clevenger, and Miles Newsham, and we raised money for the East Bay SPCA.
We had a tent during state cup games where we kept all of our items. We sold Gatorade, cookies, and Brownies. We had signs around the tent saying what we had to sell, we were using the money to donate to SPCA an animal shelter.We sold the items in two different ways. One way was people coming up to the tent and buying them from the tent, or we had a delivery system. We would come up to a person and take their order, and we would bring it back to them, so they wouldn’t have to miss their child’s or grandchilds game. We would come up to people and take their orders and bring it to them ourselves.
We donated the money to the East Bay SPCA. They were very grateful for the donation. Because of the sale we were able to raise $239.
My Leadership project was based on cleaning up the Emerald Glen Park in Dublin and helping keep our communities clean and making sure everyone is able to enjoy themselves in a hygienic environment. This was important to me because this is a really popular park in my city and everyone comes here to have fun. But when some kids or adults walk and play, they leave a lot of trash around. It sometimes stinks and is really bad to have around. A problem to this Earth is pollution and we as a community must clean up the Earth if we want to preserve it. Some people believe that one person wont make a difference, so why should we clean up? I think that every thing counts and if we want to live in a place that is clean and a nice area to just generally be in, everyone must take part in helping.
This project changed a lot over time. In the earlier stages, I had a teammate to work with, and our plan was to have a raffle ticket sale to help a certain cause, which was cancer. We had decided to go to a park and sell tickets for prizes that we would give to the winners. Over time, we were never able to find a good date to do the project. Also the organizations that I talked to wouldn’t respond to my follow up calls and kind of disregarded me. So we changed the idea and decided to clean up a park. Unfortunately we couldn’t find a date to agree on, and finally I suggested we split into our own paths.
I ended up in Emerald Glen Park, where I went around the park picking up trash with a grabbing claw. I saw that the skate park was the most trashed place with food, drinks, and other items. The area was really bad in terms of garbage. What I learned from this was that the millennials/teenagers are becoming careless, lazy and running away from their responsibility. But two hours later, I had gone through the entire park, cleaned up whatever I had seen, and gotten a few “good jobs” from passerby’s along the way.
Honestly, I had looked at this project as necessary work, but it made me feel really good inside after the job was done to see how the park had changed after I arrived. It just goes to show, one person can really make a difference! This was really important because I was helping my community, cleaning up other’s trash, and promoting people to do good.