Youth Leadership Council Application - USTA Southern California

YOUTH LEADERSHIP COUNCIL APPLICATION

USTA SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

JOIN THE YOUTH LEADERSHIP COUNCIL FOR 2024/2025.

Please read the information below and fill out the form at the bottom of the page to submit your interest in becoming a member of the USTA Southern California Youth Leadership Council for the 2024/2025 term. The application period opens July 5th.

If you have any questions during or after the application process, please reach out to Sammie Xiao at sxiao@scta.usta.com.

Youth Leadership Council

MISSION STATEMENT

The Youth Leadership Council empowers junior tennis players to take on leadership roles and amplify their impact on issues about which they are passionate across Southern California. The Youth Leadership Council is dedicated to service beyond the court. The Council is committed to upholding a standard of excellence in representing USTA Southern California and providing positive experiences for all players and community members who interact with the organization.

YLC members have the opportunity to work with USTA Southern California staff and gain experience in different facets of the tennis industry. Members have the opportunity to earn volunteer hours for the time spent at in-person events.

COMMITMENT

September 2024-April 2025
– Fall Term: September-November 2024
– Spring Term: February-April 2025

– Virtual weekly meetings on Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:15 PM
– Two mandatory in-person meetings per term.
– All committee members must complete USTA SafePlay training.

In-Person Meetings:

– September 7 @ CSUN
– November 23 @ TBD (DEI Tournament + meeting)
– February TBD, will announce by Nov (Doubles partner play + meeting)
– April TBA, will announce by Nov (end of year party)

DEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEES

MARKETING & ENGAGEMENT

Help us grow the game to inspire healthier individuals and communities across Southern California.

Brief summary of responsibilities: use Youth Leadership Council digital and social channels to reach a new audience and educate and inspire Gen Z players and future players with their unique perspective (utilize memes, trends), represent the USTA SoCal brand at tournaments and events, providing fresh ideas to help the section continue to innovate.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Inclusivity, diversity, and accessibility are three core values of the Community Department. The Community team works with schools, afterschool programs, nonprofits, parks & recreation departments, and other providers/organizations to increase accessibility to tennis for all, particularly in underserved communities. The focus is on fun, social and recreational play to bring families together through various community/cultural events throughout the year.

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

– Community/cultural events support (event set-up, check-in/registration table, giveaways/prizes, event take-down, on-court help)
– Connecting with schools/afterschool/parks/nonprofit programs (research, outreach)
– Community Fundraisers
– Community Newsletter (compile info for the public on upcoming virtual or in-person community/recreational/free events, opportunities, fun updates, photos, tennis trivia)
– Collaboration with other tennis or nonprofit organizations to serve the community.

COMPETITION

Free L7 Initiative: To provide play and tournament opportunities to players new to tournaments focusing on the underserved areas and to also increase the section’s unique participation numbers to attain more quota spots for the L1 National tournaments. We will be targeting new tournament players who have not played a tennis tournament before in Boys and Girls 16’s and 18’s.

Dates (NOTE: YLC will only be involved with tournaments run in conjunction with DEI Committee – dates to be determined)

– July 6-7:
West High School in Torrance
– August 18
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September 21
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October 26-27
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November 17

Summary of Responsibilities

– Desk help: Scores, Match Intros, Court Assignments

Event Support

Girls Pete Brown First Serve HS Tournament
– Desk help: Scores, Match Intros, Court Assignment
– August 31 at West Torrance HS
– September 7 at West Torrance HS
– September 14 at Marina HS (Huntington Beach)
– October 5 at Marina HS (Huntington Beach)
– October 12 at Marina HS (Huntington Beach)

Kats Kup
– Desk help: Scores, Match Intros, Court Assignments, lunches/pizza party
– Dates: September 6-8 at Marina High School

Doubles Sectionals 
– Setup, desk help (Scores, Court Assignments)
– Dates: October 26-27; November 2-3 in North OC/ Lakewood area

Boys Pete Brown First Serve HS Tournament
– Desk help: Scores, Match Intros, Court Assignments
– Locations: West Torrance HS and Marina HS
– Dates: Spring 2025 (usually a few Saturdays in late Feb,  March, or early April)

Junior Circuits

Youth Leadership Council
Youth Leadership Council

REQUIREMENTS BY COMMITTEE

MARKETING & ENGAGEMENT

– The committee is open to rising Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors in Fall 2024.

– Every committee member contributes a minimum three pieces of content per term that educates, entertains or inspires, to the YLC platforms each term (written article/interview, social media graphic, Instagram or TikTok video, event photography, stories). Total six minimum over the year.

– The committee submits one Instagram reel each month to USTA Southern California Instagram account. Subject must connect to our section’s goals (sportsmanship, wellness, community).

– Each committee member is expected to attend all in person meetings and all virtual meetings. There will be two in-person meetings each term.  You will be expected to attend both meetings, one at the beginning of the term and an “end-of-year” meeting/party. There will be one weekly 30-minute virtual meeting. You are allotted three virtual absences, anything further must be approved in advance and may be a discussion for continuing on the council. Failure to get approval for additional absences will result in removal from the council. 

The Marketing Committee will provide any additional support to other committees as needed.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

– The committee is open to rising Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors in Fall 2024.

– There will be two in-person meetings each term.  You will be expected to attend both meetings, one at the beginning of the term and an “end-of-year” meeting/party.

– There will be one weekly virtual meeting. You will be expected to attend and participate in 9 out of 12 virtual meetings. Attendance will be taken.

– You will be expected to commit to 15 total hours at WEEKEND events per term (about 4-5 hours/event = 3-5 events, typically held on Saturdays)

– In-person events: October 21 @ CSULA (Hispanic Heritage Event); November 23 @ TBD (DEI Tournament); More events TBA.

COMPETITION

– The committee is open to rising Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors in Fall 2024.

– The Competition committee is responsible for upholding the standard of excellence that players recognize and expect from USTA Southern California.

– As part of their commitment, Competition committee members will be required to attend an in-person training session with USTA staff prior to working with staff at the above listed events.

– Committee members are expected to be available to attend a minimum of two events per term, for a total of four events for the year. Events are generally on the weekend, currently confirmed dates are listed above.

YOUTH LEADERSHIP COUNCIL APPLICATION

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BACKGROUND QUESTIONS

VIDEO SUBMISSION

IMPORTANT! In lieu of an interview, please submit a video answering the following prompt:

If you could grab lunch with any person past or present, who would you choose and why? (Video max: two minutes).

When completed, please send your video to Sammie Xiao at sxiao@scta.usta.com.
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