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Verde Leaders is a positive youth development program that combines soccer with Social-Emotional Learning, Restorative Practices and Mindfulness to help low-income youth find personal and academic success.

Our Challenge
Adolescence is a critical time of growth that sets the stage for adulthood. But in Austin, opportunities for teens to learn and grow can be limited by family resources.

Our Goal
To build a community of students equipped with life skills and the support to become the next generation of leaders on the pitch, in the classroom and in life.

Our Curriculum 

  • Developed at Harvard University
  • Evidence-informed by achievement motivation, adolescent development, and prevention science research
  • TEKS and U.S. Soccer-aligned

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

  • Afterschool Training. Verde Leaders runs free on-site, after-school training sessions twice a week. Students develop soccer skills and critical SEL skills, such as healthy communication and perspective-taking
  • Community Events. On weekends and during school breaks, Verde Leaders brings together students and their families from across Central Texas to participate in camps, mini-pitch tournaments and community service projects.
  • Austin FC Experiences. Verde Leaders students have the opportunity to meet Austin FC players and coaches, play at Q2 Stadium, and attend Austin FC matches – helping students see themselves as part of the Austin FC community.

PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS

  • Burnet Middle School presented by DLA Piper and Solarwinds
  • Dobie Middle School
  • Webb Middle School
  • Paredes Middle School
  • Gus Garcia Young Men's Leadership Academy
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Verde and Black Podcast

Verde and Black Podcast

A deep dive into the culture of Austin FC and life in Austin, TX. Adrian Healey, the club's TV Play by Play voice, leads a bi-weekly journey through the stories and personalities that shape America's newest pro club in America's most interesting city.