<![CDATA[Alyssa Villarde - Community Projects]]>Mon, 13 May 2024 16:41:59 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Social Media Manager/Intern for Girls Soccer Worldwide]]>Thu, 01 Jun 2023 07:00:00 GMThttp://alyssavillarde.com/community-projects/social-media-manager-for-girls-soccer-worldwideSince 2021, I have been deeply involved in an internship with the non-profit Girls Soccer Worldwide. The non-profit teaches in schools, empowers girls to have a voice in sports and education, gives them the leadership skills to rise above the stereotypes, and helps them with their living situation (building homes and bathrooms). My main role in the organization is social media outreach. I have worked with other brands to bring more partnerships to Girls Soccer Worldwide, spend around eight hours a week planning and curating content for their social media, involved in weekly conversations, and collaborate with our co-founders, blog/newsletter writers, leaders, ambassadors, and partners to build our page. In November 2022, I traveled to Paraguay to bring sports, education, and leadership opportunities to girls and families living in extreme poverty. This trip allowed me to have conversations and build relationships with the community so that I could use that knowledge to share with the rest of the world why it is so important to get involved. Now, with the trust I have gained from our U.S. program members and our Paraguay program members, I can have conversations and share deep stories that draw more attention. My impact was huge. I have stayed in touch with many of our ambassadors in Paraguay, and I have brought live conversations to social media with a few of them. They have explained how meaningful it has been to have had people come from the U.S. In addition, I had conversations with the teachers in the schools, and they have expressed how important it was for them to have conversations with us and for them to feel represented in an area that previously neglected women. It has been very moving to receive messages from those we are helping, and I have loved furthering my relationship with these inspiring women. Even though we are separated by many miles, I have seen how my actions have had a positive impact on so many lives. 

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<![CDATA[Co-Chair of Community Special Teams at California High School]]>Sun, 31 Oct 2021 07:00:00 GMThttp://alyssavillarde.com/community-projects/updates-coming-soon-current-projectsHomecoming Parade
California High School's annual parade was lead by me and my fellow Co-Chair of Community Special Teams.  My role involved communicating with the Police and Fire Departments, the Mayor, alumni, Homecoming Court and Royalty, all fall sports teams, class floats, band, theater/drama, and feeding school principals and their mascots. It also involved maintaining a permit, obtaining vehicles for community members to ride in, ordering U-Hauls as well as planning and organizing class floats. In addition, I was in charge of overseeing the event and everyone involved to make sure that our community received the best result. Our goal was to provide a parade that would bring everyone from different parts of the community together. Planning for this event began in the summer for a parade date in mid-September. 

Biannual Blood Drives

California High School's biannual blood drives are coordinated by me and my fellow Co-Chair of Community Special Teams. We host one drive in the fall and one in the spring. Our fall blood drive was very successful! We managed to have 26 donors, and 7 red blood donors in one day! Our spring drive was just successful as well. Although we didn't have access to a room at school, we were able to bring a bloodmobile on campus and had more interest than there was time. It was great!

My role involved working with our administration on establishing two dates throughout the school year and managing communication with our representative from Vitalant Blood Donations to publicize the event. On the day of the donations, I set up our facilities with chairs and tables, worked closely with the nurses on checking in patients, and made sure everything was running smoothly.
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<![CDATA[Video Curator for Girls Soccer Worldwide]]>Sat, 30 Oct 2021 23:18:27 GMThttp://alyssavillarde.com/community-projects/video-curator-for-girls-soccer-worldwideWhat is Girls Soccer Worldwide?
"Leadership program empowering girls to rise out of poverty through sports and education...We create opportunities for girls living in poverty to have access to sports, to stay in school, and to gain the leadership skills needed to succeed in life." - Girls Soccer Worldwide
Workshop #1: October 8, 2021
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Workshop #2: October 15, 2021
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Workshop #3: October 22, 2021
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<![CDATA[#AXEALS Oct. 2020 - May 2021]]>Fri, 23 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMThttp://alyssavillarde.com/community-projects/axeals-oct-2020-may-2021The story of our friend, Amanda Stevens, made me reflect on the daily struggles people face. ALS is one of them, and has become a very important topic to me as I have become more exposed to it in greater detail. When I participated in the ice bucket challenge, I remember not knowing about it in depth. However, ALS has always been a terrible disease so put forth many attempts to work with Cal High's Admin Team to raise awareness and fundraise for Team Stevens Nation. Sadly, the pandemic cancelled our plans of an outdoor movie night to fundraise by involving shirts and tie dye in a fun atmosphere, and it also made fundraising through our GoFundMe challenging. On a very positive note, we successfully raised $275 and I was able to encourage 4 different classes to send emails to help ALS patients gain a chance to fight. I hope to reopen the GoFundMe and continue this project so that I can help Team Stevens Nation in any way possible. 

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<![CDATA[Fundraiser for Paradise Family]]>Sat, 15 Dec 2018 08:00:00 GMThttp://alyssavillarde.com/community-projects/fundraiser-for-paradise-family Picture
Written in 2018:
​"I wanted to support a Paradise family that not only lost their home but also everything they had owned. After seeing devastating photos of burnt down homes, it made me realize that families don’t have basic necessities that we take for granted in our everyday life. I also remembered that the holidays were coming up, and most kids that lived in Paradise will be receiving very little, if not nothing, as their families are using their money to buy what they really need, not what they want. My friend’s, friend’s niece, had been affected by the fire. The house where she and her husband, along with their daughter (eight years old) and twin boys (three years old) lived, was burnt down. I texted my friend to see if it was possible to help support her friend’s niece. She talked to her friend, who began putting together lists. To make it easier, I got in touch with her friend directly, so she could give me a list of their necessities and their kids’ Christmas wishlist. 


​To carry out my project, I wanted to collect donations such as gift cards, cash, and toys by Friday, December 14th, so we could deliver on Saturday, the 15th. In an effort to help replace some of their belongings lost in the fire, I was hoping to reach out to as many people as possible. Most of our collections came from posting a detailed paragraph on my mom and my Instagram to see if any of our friends and family were willing to help. In addition, I sent an email to my team as well as the second 05 team to try and gather more. Eventually, I got in touch with the niece to confirm a date and place to meet. Thankfully, they had just received the keys to their rental in Chico. Thanks to all of our friends and family, we gave the family around $2,500 in gift cards and cash. We also gave each kid their own bucket full of toys, a bucket of toys for the boys to share, and a large bucket for the family. Sadly, I wasn’t able to meet their daughter, as she was traveling with her grandma, but the boys’ faces filled my heart with joy. They were not only so cute but also so happy and thankful for the few gifts they were allowed to open because they saved the rest for Christmas. They were so excited, and I am so grateful for this experience." 

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