What is the role of a Young Ambassador?
Young Ambassadors are inspiring advocates of our mission statement to use soccer as the vehicle for children to rise out of poverty through education, self-empowerment and sport in Cameroon, Africa.They support Kids In Cleats in a range of ways, by bringing people closer to KIC through sharing their inspiring stories and demonstrating the impact of our mission. Volunteering their time to motivate our donors and followers, our ambassadors enable us to provide more support to young people in Cameroon. Young Ambassadors reach out to their social media following, to public decision-makers, and to other young people.
Jonah Mednard is a 15-year old goalkeeper that has been training with Julio Tsasse, Kids In Cleats Co-Founder since he was 7 years old. His parents are immigrants from Haiti who are working hard to give their children a better life. Jonah started at Clarkstown Soccer Club and moved to NYCFC Development Academy. He is now transitioning to a new club and chapter in his career.
We are proud to have Jonah representing Kids In Cleats because he always gives more than expected, says Kids In Cleats Co-Founder and former professional soccer player Julio Tsasse. Jonah is a top goalkeeper that continues to demonstrate that with hard work, dedication and perseverance you can reach any goal you put your mind to.
“It is a great privilege to be a face of an organization that is having such a positive impact on the world. To be given the opportunity to use my number one passion to help children who are underprivileged is an honor.” –Jonah Mednard, KIC Young Ambassador
“I am so excited to be an ambassador for Kids in Cleats. I believe in helping others especially those who are less fortunate than I am. I am passionate about soccer and believe that sports can really help bring positivity and discipline to children. I am 11 years old and I believe that no matter how young you are you can make a difference in the world. I play Center Midfield for EIS (Essex International Select.) Soccer motivates me to do my best on and off the field.” –Grace, KIC Young Ambassador
“I am excited to be working with Kids In Cleats because I think it is important to help those in need and I think teaching kids about soccer is a great way to escape from daily challenges. It is also a great thing to look forward too. I am 11 years old and I play right forward and center forward on EIS. On the field I’m trying to push myself and learn how to get better and better at soccer. Off the field I am trying to be a better person and learn new things. My goal is to think of creative ways to fundraise for kids in cleats to help make a difference to those in the program. I am so grateful to be included in this amazing opportunity.” –Annie, KIC Young Ambassador
“I wanted to be an ambassador for Kids in Cleats because it is a combination of my two passions-helping others and soccer. I am currently 12 years old and I play goalie. I love playing sports, but soccer has always been my favorite. It is so amazing that I have been given this opportunity to be an ambassador for Kids in Cleats. Coach Julio has been my coach for three years now. He taught me how to be a goalie and to never give up on my dreams. In return, I want to help the kids of Cameroon to never give up on their dreams.” – Sophie, KIC Young Ambassador
“Kids in Cleats is such an amazing foundation and being an ambassador for it is such a blessing. I cannot express how grateful I am for this amazing opportunity that has been given to me. Soccer has impacted my life in an outstanding way and I hope other kids can feel the same. I am 12 years old and I play left forward. My hobbies are soccer and spending time with friends and family.” –Emma, KIC Young Ambassador
“I am honored to have been chosen as a Young Ambassador for The Kids In Cleats Organization.
Being a part of this organization will give me the opportunity to make an impact by helping kids in Cameroon. I know that even at 11 years old, I can make an impact by sharing my passion for soccer with them, in addition to helping to provide opportunities to improve their everyday lives.
I currently play for Clarkstown SC, and I have big dreams for myself in soccer and in life. I have learned that hard work, consistency, and dedication is a way to make my dreams come true and hope to share this through the organization.” –Gabby, KIC Young Ambassador
“Ever since I was three years old I have been playing soccer and now I am 13 years old, currently playing as a center defender and holding midfielder on my soccer team in New Jersey. I have family that lives in Cameroon, and having visited them myself, I have seen firsthand the lack of basic necessities available for youth sports. Soccer is by far the most popular sport in Africa. I truly believe that soccer can be a transformative activity, able to motivate many, and I’m passionate for this opportunity to help others so directly. I am so glad that I finally have a chance to help my peers in a less fortunate community like I never have before. This is an incredible organization, and I can’t wait for the next chance that I can get to help the Cameroonian soccer community, one step at a time.” –Sol, KIC Young Ambassador