Second McYates Grant Awardee Goes to Malawi

As a two year participant in the My Yute Soccer Teen Mentor program, we are proud to introduce Miss Jamie Lau. She was awarded the 2017 Kaleb McYates Memorial Grant for her efforts to deliver a MYS mini camp in Malawi in March of 2017. 

Jamie is an accomplished and competitive soccer player and student at International High School in San Francisco. She traveled with a group of 10 students from her high school to a remote village in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Our school, International High School, has had a connection with "Chigoli," the organization in Malawi, for many years, always successfully making an impact in the community. An important part of the project is to provide equipment for the variety of kids there. With the funds provided by the Kaleb McYates Grant, we will purchase soccer equipment that will hopefully make the Malawian kids experiences even more meaningful.

As she mentioned in her application, "MYS is all about embracing our differences through soccer" and we are so proud of Jamie's efforts to be a leader and advocate for teens making a difference.

Inaugural Kaleb McYates Grant Awardees - 2015

The first Kaleb McYates Memorial Grant went to former campers and teen mentors, Caitlin and Jackson Pilisuk.  Caitlin and Jackson ran a My Yute camp in Kibera, Nairobi. They connected with a group called With Love From Kibera -- operating a school and an after-school program for about 65 kids.  

I've been going to the camp for a few years and it never ceases to inspire me. Hearing about it before I went for the first time I was scared because I would be doing it with a group of kids I never met before. That didn't matter at all though. We could communicate through soccer. I really realized this fact after holding my own My Yute clinic in Kenya. We had a group of kids that barely spoke any English but as soon as the ball came out we could clearly understand each other. My mission is to spread communication through soccer and being at My Yute would be a perfect chance for this.

In addition to receiving the $750 grant, Caitlin & Jackson traveled with a bag of cones, MYS t-shirts, Senda Athletics fair trade soccer balls, and ultra- durable, One World Play Project soccer balls, donated by Tim Jahnigen.  

The Ball

Fair trade from Senda and indestructable from One World Play Project

As the first recipient of the Kaleb McYates grant, I'm excited to inspire future recipients to apply. Playing in groups mostly filled with boys at My Yute has given me the confidence to become the player I am today.