BUSC Leadership Program
BUSC Leadership Program – The BUSC Leadership Program is currently administered by Erika Carlson. Erika is a certified Mental Trainer and has been contracted by BUSC to assist in putting together this program. Under this program, Birth Year ’03 – ’05 captains were chosen to represent their teams for a total of 30-40 players. Leaders were identified by coaches and invited to participate. When selecting captains and leaders, coaches were given a list of leadership criteria to consider as follows:
- Enthusiasm – Players that love the game of soccer and are excited to be there every day.
- Commitment – Players who show up consistently and demonstrate a strong sense of commitment to the team and the sport.
- Character – How player conducts themselves on and off the field.
- Confidence – Plays and behaves with confidence often.
- Encourager – Encourages and supports other players.
- Enforcer – Helps to keep team in-line and is not afraid to ask for the other players’ attention
These future leaders met once on month on Friday afternoons from August to November. Leaders attended 6 hours of classroom sessions and they completed homework assignments including reading, interviewed leaders in their life, essays and coach evaluations. Lastly, leaders had to complete a community service project of their choice. Those participants who have completed all program requirements are eligible to be a team captain. Attendance for the participants in this program is 100% mandatory. Following are a few of the Community Service Projects that were completed.
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.
Hello, my name is Caleb Hilton and I am on the U-12 Premier Team. For my community service project that I had to do for the BUSC leadership class, I chose to organize a group to pack meals at Kids Against Hunger (KAH) on December 7th.
My family and I went to KAH and got set up with hairnets and aprons, as did everyone else who came. When we got there, they showed us a video about the Haitians that we were going to feed and that what we gave them would most likely be their only meal of the day. That made me want to do it more. They also gave us a sample of what we were giving to them, and it was actually pretty good!
Most of the people who I invited came, and all of them had fun. My goal was to have between 15 and 20 participants, but 34 people actually came. Participants included several players from my Ballistic team, as well as from my younger brother’s team. Several Boy Scouts that I know from school also came, and a family we didn’t know came because they saw our event on the KAH website.
To get the right amount of food in each bag each person needed a job to do. First, you put in the soy, second, you put in the vegetables, third, you put in the vitamins, and last, you put in the rice. I think that people had fun because we made it into a contest where you had to get the bag the right amount of grams on 1 try. I think that my “team” won with 5 in a row.
I did not have a goal of how many people we would feed, but in the end we packaged enough meals to feed 5,184 people who live in Haiti. Some things that people told my parents and I after are:
- Most families either texted or told us face to face that that if we do it again, they wanted to be invited, and told their families all the details.
- My brothers asked when they could do it again.
I am glad that I did this project. Not only was it a lot of fun, but it also felt really good to know that we were making a real difference. I am grateful for everyone who was there, because without them, I wouldn’t have been able to do it. This project helped me learn that, just like on the soccer field, it takes effort from the entire team to be successful.
Hello, my name is Jonas Ricke, I am on the U13 Elite 2 team, and I volunteered at Open Heart Kitchen in Livermore for my community service project. Children whose parents receive a lowincome get lunches throughout the school week. Their other big problem, though, is the weekend, because they can’t afford lunches during it. To stop these children from going hungry over the weekend, Open Heart Kitchen distributes box lunches containing two healthy lunches to elementary and middle school students of lowincome families in Dublin and Livermore every Friday during the academic year. Open heart kitchen amazingly packs and gives out over 2,000 lunches to children in this situation each week.
My dad and I drove there one afternoon and went inside. We were immediately welcomed in and started to help a group already making the lunches. My job was to bring out large boxes full of lunches to the truck waiting outside. I also got to get all of the necessary food items from the kitchens storage if the people making the lunches ran out of that specific item. My dad was also tasked with this job, but he did this the entire time. After about an hour and a half of hard work, we had finished packing the lunches.
Before I started soccer leadership academy, my family was actually already planning to do community service with Open Heart Kitchen, and that was clarified by this class. I was slightlynervous before I went to do community service, because I had never done it before, and I was worried that it would be a bad experience. This turned out to be completely wrong because the people there were really nice, the whole place was like a real restaurant, and all of our hard work went to a good cause. I think that this was a good way to give back, and I look forward to doing it again.
My name is Canyon Kosch and I’m on U14 Elite 2. For my service project, I wanted to do something for animals in need so I decided to collect items for the dogs at the East Bay SPCA Animal Shelter in Dublin.
I emailed the shelter and got a list of recommended items. I made a flyer and gave it to my soccer team. I also made flyers for my friends and relatives. People gave me items from the recommended list – toys, collars, leashes and chew toys – and also money. I used the money to buy canned food and treats. My soccer team was great! We have a lot of dog lovers and always have dogs at our games. I also went to some of the pet food stores to ask for donations. One store gave me 2 cases of holiday stuffed animals. These will be given to people who adopt pets over the holiday season. My goal was to collect $250 worth of items and I ended up collecting over $300 worth.
I delivered the items to the SPCA Shelter in Dublin and met some of the staff and volunteers. I also toured the shelter and visited the dogs waiting for adoption. Rose looked really sad in her room and I wanted to take her home. The dogs in the kennel area were very happy to see me. I got lots of licks and barks and would have taken home all of them if I could.
Connor Dantzig, Jacob Rocha
Elite 1 U-12
Hello our names are Connor Dantzig and Jacob Rocha and we play on the Ballistic United U12 Elite 1 Team. We organized a clothes drive to give clothes to mothers and their children in need. We decided to do this project because we felt so inspired by the work that Shepherds Gate was doing for these mothers and their children. Once we found out about this cause we had to help.
Right after we heard about this cause and got our ideas we jumped in right away. We made informational letters stating facts about the cause and the clothes drive, and why to help and how much these mothers and children needed their help. We handed out the letters to friends. After a few days we got lots of feedback from these families stating that they proud to help the cause. Without these families our clothes drive would be nothing. With the feedback we got we mapped out the area and which houses to go to. We went to each and every house and picked up the donated clothes. We left a thank you card on the front porch on each house to say thank you for the donations and how much we appreciated their help towards the cause. After we went to each house we had about 25 garbage bags full of clothes in the back of the car.
We drove these bags to the Shepherds Gate Livermore campus. This campus gives clothes, education, case management, medical care, parenting classes, job training and childcare to mothers and their children who are experiencing homelessness due to poverty, addiction, domestic violence and other threats. Right when we got their we were greeted by what we think was a women who went through some tough times herself and is now working at Shepherds Gate due to her inability to be online and the caution she put forth. We quickly got out of the car due to pressed time from our soccer game. We unpacked the 25 garbage bags full of clothes that mothers and children in the future would wear. The employees working there were happy to see all these clothes that would soon be given to mothers and their children.
These mothers and their children went through a lot of hard times, and shepherds gate helps these women. We found this great cause and after donating hundreds of clothes we feel good about ourselves and felt like we have accomplished a huge goal. Without friends and family none of this would be possible. Overall we leaned a lot while doing this project. When you feel like things are tough think about these mothers and children, having to deal with the things that they have dealt with. You can also think that you can always help a problem, you can always solve a problem big or small. And that’s what we’ve done, and were proud of that, and hopefully problems such as this one will be extinct and solved.
On Sunday, November 8, 2015, several members of the U12 BUSC Academy hosted a garage sale fundraiser. For us, Kevin Aguilar, Jayden Albarran, and Mario Valdez, it was a leadership project to raise $250 for St. Jude’s Hospital. We felt it was successful because we beat our goal and raised $320!
Our idea for this project came during our first leadership meeting where we decided that we would host a garage sale at Jayden’s house. Then we told our teammates about our project. And some of them were so generous, that they also joined in with donated goods. When we first opened, we all were working hard by telling each interested person the costs. We were doing well until 11:30 when it started to rain. So, we quickly set up canopies over the clothes, the living room/kitchen items, and the books to keep them dry. Then, it started to pour more rain, and we were worried it would impact our sales. Afterwards, we stayed out there, but little by little, people were coming to buy things. When we finished packing everything up, we counted our money, and it was a total of $320 dollars.
From this experience, we learned that if you believe you can do it, then you can. That’s because nothing is impossible. We also learned to believe in yourself because if you don’t think you can do it, it brings your whole body and mind down. Lastly, this helped us become better leaders because it built our confidence by having us talk to people we didn’t know.
Jayden Albarran, Mario Valez, & Kevin Acquilar
U12 BUSC Academy
We bought fabric, cut it into smaller pieces and made blankets for the kitties and puppies at the Valley Humane Society. We delivered them in person and they were very thankful for our donation. We also visited and played with the kitties and puppies and we were able to see them enjoy the blankets. We really liked doing this project because we feel like we are doing good in the community, and we really like animals.
Thanks, Luke and Kyle
Hello, my name is Gavin Watson, on the U-13 Elite 1 team, and for my community service project, my family and I, did a fun run for A-T disease. A-T stands for ataxia-telangiectasia, which affects a large variety of systems in the body, causing symptoms that affect health and daily living.
My family and I went to the Pleasanton sports park in the morning, and hosted a fun run. The fun run was going to raise money to find a cure for the A-T disease. My goal was $500. My family and my grandpa went over to the sports park to set up the place where you donate the money. It was raining in the morning, but luckily, it stopped raining just in time for the run. I was a little worried that some people wouldn’t show up because of the rain. But, surprisingly, almost everyone I invited showed up. The run was really fun running with my friends around the sports park. At the end of the day, I was shocked. I counted all of the money we had got, and we got over $1,000!
This project was really fun and I hope that money does something good to the cause. I really hope that scientists find a cure for the disease soon, so that a lot of kids will be really happy.