YLC Kicks

What is it?

YLC Kicks is a free sports-based youth development program that uses soccer as a tool for positive health, behavioral and social outcomes for players aged 5- 13. The 11-week program operates at eleven NORDC parks throughout New Orleans each spring.

The goal of the program is to improve health, behavioral and social outcomes and long-term impact on all of the children served. In 2015, YLC Kicks coaches spent over 3,000 hours mentoring and coaching more than 1,100 girls and boys across New Orleans.

Important Details for parents!

  • NO REGISTRATION FEE/COST (Really. It’s free)
  • We host one practice session for 75 minutes one night per week, and one game on Friday nights or Saturday mornings
  • YLC Kicks is open to boys and girls ages: 5-13
  • No equipment needed! All participants will be provided with a soccer ball, t-shirt and necessary equipment (Yep- we GIVE YOU stuff)
  • Tennis shoes are fine, no cleats required

How do we do it?

We make it fun and keep it positive! Studies show that FUN is important to learning and child development. The YLC Kicks curriculum promotes free play, engages youth in age-appropriate learning, and teaches critical character building skills that can help them succeed throughout their lives.

Fun. Respect. Responsibility. Conflict Resolution. Fairness. Caring. 
Health. Citizenship. Leadership. Diversity. Trustworthiness

Our program is successful because of our remarkable coaches, most of whom have never played soccer before in their lives! That’s right. We take rookies and pros! We just need a few hours of your time each week to engage kids who are eager to call you “Coach.”


Get Involved

We have time commitment levels for everyone so please fill out the coach/volunteer application below to see how you can get involved.

YLC Kicks Application Form


Head’s Up! We have some rules for volunteers

We’re working with kiddo’s here, so all volunteers must attend volunteer training at the beginning of the season and pass a national and local criminal background check.

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