Just4Kicks - Fair Play - Soccer Program
S O L A N O ™
“a tool for social change”
Soccer has been used as a method for social change since
the beginning of the new millennium. Social Entrepreneurism
grew strong among the elder X - Generation and the the
Newer Generation - Y. Avid soccer players and passionate
fans have used soccer as a platform for change in
impoverished countries and with our disadvantaged youth.
For examples of projects throughout our nation visit the link below.
Edwin Markham Elementary School
Markham’s demographics and socioeconomic
location makes it the only school of it’s kind in the
VUSD. Furthermore, it’s REACH and SPICE
programs further identify Markham as unique and
Fair Play Program - Our Goals
JUST4KICK’S HAS THE RIGHT MESSAGE,
COACHING PHILOSOPHY, TALENT, AND
CULTURAL DIVERSITY TO DELIVER AN
IMPACTING PROGRAM THAT TEACHES LIFE
SKILLS ON AND OFF THE FIELD.
• Use soccer as a platform to engage kids in education. Motivate
them as well as parents to attend school every day.
• Use soccer as the stage to interact - engage - communicate with
the Markham community.
• The Fair Play program will begin the process to increase parent
involvement in education amongst the Hispanic community.
JUST4KICKS Fair Play program already in the community
The Fair Play program has been successful in the Fairﬁeld community as a
summer enrichment program. One of our participants had this to say about
our program during a recognition gala amongst ofﬁcials and city leaders.
The City of Fairﬁeld Youth is the future of our city and we always need role models to help us
during middle school and high school years. During these years we continue learning but
sometimes what we also learn are the bad things that surround us such as gangs, drugs,
violence, and peer pressure. Many of our youths are stuck in between two paths: the good and
the bad and sometimes the wrong path is chosen because of lack of communication and
positive role modeling from the adults in our lives. Some of the youths don’t have good
communication with the parents because they both have to work and don’t have time for
them. This affects them because they don’t have a mentor that can guide them on the right
path. In order for us to get away from these bad things and choose the right path we need to
know we can talk to our parents, teachers, or other adults in our lives. For example, the City
of Fairﬁeld has offered slamming summer sports for the past two years with basketball and
soccer training and games. It is a great program and what really caught my attention was the
number of youths that attended every day... Next Slide for the rest of the speech
We had a great soccer coach who really connected with the youths and knew how to get our
respect and that’s the type of adults we need. He got to know each of us and understood a lot
about the dangers we face today in the streets. All the participants liked him because he gave
us good advice every single day. Before starting a game, he usually gave a speech. At ﬁrst the
kids didn’t really care. All of them gave each other nicknames whether other kids liked it or
not but the coach’s message was always “Give Respect To Gain Respect.” By the end of the
program everybody was calling each other by their ﬁrst names and when we needed
something we knew we could talk to our coach. Many of those youths who participated were
in danger of joining gangs and going down the wrong path but in the end they all got the
message that school was important and also keeping their passion for sports. We all got so
attached to our coach that we didn’t want the program to end. That’s what youths need: a
positive place where we can feel safe and accepted and adults to work with us as positive
mentors and role models. After school programming is important for this reason. It should be
a place where we can spend time having fun, getting homework help, learning something new
and being guided to stay on the right track because we’re the youth! We are the future of
Speech by Fairﬁeld youth and participant of
Fairﬁeld Just4kicks Fair Play Program
Fair Play Program Pillars of Success
“CHARACTER FIRST SKILL SECOND”
• TRUST-EVERYTHING BEGINS WITH TRUST
Through activities with and without a ball we achieve not only their trust but trust within their peers and most
importantly themselves. This is sometimes the most challenging but most important.
• THEY’RE YOUR FEET (SELF CONTROL)
Just like in a soccer game your role on the ﬁeld is crucial to the overall impact your team will have in winning. They’re
your feet and only you can control them. Similarly, off the ﬁeld each child’s attitude and behavior is theirs and no one
else’s. We teach them to own their behavior and how complicated this tends to be when we are not sure of our roles
• SOCCER WITHOUT BARRIERS
Soccer without barriers means soccer without racism, name calling, down talking, and any other behavior that limits our
ability to learn and achieve success.
• SELF ADVOCACY
“Help me, I am on your team” Through structured activities with and without a ball we enhance the understanding and
the acceptance of receiving help. It is essential to ask for help and advocate for yourself, your peers, and your
community. These are the essential steps to self sufﬁciency!
Who is Just4Kicks Fair Play Program?
Al Arevalo - His passion for soccer is
fueled by his upbringing and the the impact
soccer had on him in both the U.S.A and in
his native country, Bolivia. He has worked
for several non-proﬁts including a Napa
task force (GVS) Gang Violence
Suppression program where he helped
create a soccer program as a means to
sway kids away from gang life and focus on
education and athleticism.
An article about GVS (Gang Violence Suppression
Program) & CLARO program.
In the Article...
Napa Police Ofﬁcer, Bet Melton, said the responsibility for addressing Napa’s gang
troubles does not fall only on the shoulders of police ofﬁcers.
“It’s not just a law enforcement problem,” said Melton. “What is happening effects
the entire community. And we have to come together to get it under control. We
need to get Neighborhood Watch involved, nonproﬁt agencies, the churches and
others working together to stop the gang violence.”
The Parents of Markham Elementary School have
come together committed to taking the ﬁrst steps
in prevention as a school community.
With Soccer as the
we can enhance and
improve our community.
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