Arlington Heights Community

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Youth Leadership Program in Arlington Heights
Leadership Program in Arlington Heights

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Elite Soccer Community Organization

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Together we ensure positive outcomes both on and off the field while building youth leadership.

 

The Elite Soccer Community Organization (ESCO) relies on the generosity of donors to survive. Your donations guarantee that ESCO will be able to continue providing programming which will have a direct and lasting impact upon the youth and families we serve. Whether it be through a financial contribution, a volunteer effort, or an in-kind donation, we value your desire to support our mission of community building and youth development through soccer.

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Youth Leadership Program

ESCO’s Youth Leadership Program is available to youth in grades 6-12 and provides opportunities and experiences that foster leadership development, youth empowerment, and self-reflection. Aimed at promoting personal and social development, it is our goal to discover and enhance leadership skills and attitudes. We want our players/leaders to realize their potential and build the confidence to be leaders on and off the field.

Five levels of leadership and responsibility the Youth Leadership Program focuses on:

  • Self-Discipline
  • Self-Direction
  • Helping-Being a Team player
  • Leader on the Field
  • Leader off the field (applying the first 4 levels to everyday life)

2020-21 Youth Leadership Program

 

Due to COVID-19, this year’s program will look and feel a bit different form years past. Meetings will be shorter, less frequent, and remote unless we are able to meet in person. There will be five virtual leadership meetings and three community service projects. Additional projects that fit social distancing guidelines will be considered.

Meeting Dates:
Sept. 27, Nov. 18, Jan. 10, Feb. 28, Apr. 11
(all from 7:00pm-7:45pm)

ALL Youth Leaders are expected to:

  • Attend leadership meetings
  • Participate in our service projects
  • Volunteer at least 10 hours throughout the year (service projects count)

TENTATIVELY: There will be volunteer coaching opportunities through our free soccer programs for underserved youth with CCSD59 and CCSD21. These sessions are in the fall and spring and are for kids in grades 2-5. 

2020-21 Program Fee: $55.00
(this includes a t-shirt)
Click registration button above to register.

Questions? Contact Jay Casaletto at jcasaletto@elitesoccercommunity.org

Digital Portfolios

As part of your involvement with the Youth Leadership program, all youth leaders will be responsible for creating a DIGITAL PORTFOLIO with a medium/app of your choice. The digital portfolio is a great way for you to connect with your Youth Leadership participation throughout the year and reflect on your Leadership and Responsibility Levels: Self-Discipline, Self-Direction, Being a Team Player, Leader on the field, Leader off the field.

Your digital portfolio will serve as a reflective tool and a visual reminder of what you personally are getting out of your experience as a Youth Leader. More information about the digital portfolio will be given during our first YL meeting and there will be a share out session at the end of the year with other Youth Leaders. The portfolio can be whatever you decide, so be creative and have fun with it!

A few options, but not limited to the following:

  • Two-minute video
  • Brief Power Point Presentation / Prezi / Google Slides
  • Digital picture collage
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Financial Support

ESCO is committed to supporting programs that offer high-quality youth soccer that is accessible to everyone. ESCO was formed, in part, to keep soccer affordable and to keep economic barriers from not being a factor in a youth’s participation in playing soccer. For this reason, as long as funds are available, ESCO will make financial assistance available to qualifying players and their families to help pay the professional coaching fees affiliated with club soccer.

Financial Assistance to Play Soccer

Players must be from one of the following northwest suburbs of Chicago to be eligible: Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Mount Prospect, Palatine, Rolling Meadows or Wheeling.

Questions? Contact Jay Casaletto at jcasaletto@escocommunity.org or (847) 350-9380 for more details.

 

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Community Outreach Soccer

This program uses soccer as a way of outreach to foster diverse relationships through support and partnership in the Chicagoland area, focused on the Northwest suburbs.  ESCO will support partners in their efforts to increase enrollment and engagement of soccer players.

ESCO will also partner with community groups to offer soccer clinics and afterschool programs in an effort to not only promote soccer but build community and develop positive life lessons.

Soccer Programs for Underserved Youth

This program uses soccer as a way of outreach to foster diverse relationships through support and partnership in the Chicagoland area, focused on the Northwest suburbs.  ESCO will support partners in their efforts to increase enrollment and engagement of soccer players.

ESCO will also partner with community groups to offer soccer clinics and after school programs in an effort to not only promote soccer but build community and develop positive life lessons.

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College Scholarships

Open to current or former Elite Soccer Club players and/or ESCO Youth Leaders.

ESCO scholarships will be awarded to current or former Elite S.C. soccer players and/or ESCO Youth Leaders who are also outstanding citizens.

ESCO Scholarship

Awards will be primarily based upon the candidates possessing the following criteria:

(1) citizenship, leadership, good sportsmanship and have participated activities that demonstrate a true role model in the community,

(2) a demonstrated love and passion for the game of soccer throughout the candidate’s participation career.

Also included in the criteria will be an individual’s academic/scholastic and associated honors as well as any outside (non-school related) honors.

Applications need to be submitted by May 31, 2020.

Questions? Contact Jay Casaletto, Executive Director at jcasaletto@escocommunity.org or (847) 350-9380

Testimonials

“Elite Soccer is a model program that goes above and beyond to reach out to the surrounding communities. They provide an opportunity for our students to acquire soccer skills from professional coaches, build confidence and engage in team-building activities. This allows for our school to benefit from the transference of these critical skills which brings a whole new level of energy to Frost.”

Jeffrey Brusso

Principal, Robert Frost Elementary School

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Elite Soccer Community Organization

Email

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Contact

Elite Soccer Community Organization
126 E. Wing Street, #324, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

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ESCO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization centered on developing youth and community through soccer.

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