Led by Jackie Skinner.
FRIDAY | May 18, 2018 | 7:30-9:30 pm
10 years ago, seeing a need, Jackie Skinner co-founded Goals for Girls, an organization that uses soccer to inspire girls throughout the world to effect positive change in their lives and communities. We will explore how Jackie helped make her vision come to life and how we can implement those lessons into our own desires to be the change we want to see.
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Jackie will share how Goals for Girls was conceived and how it utilizes soccer to build strong female leaders who are empowered to lead change in their communities. And she’ll share how helping make this a reality has changed her life.
We will explore stories of how Goals for Girls has transformed at risk girls around the world as well as strengthened entire communities through Leadership Summits and “Be the Change” initatives. And we will explore the challenges and rewards as Jackie worked to bring her good intentions to life.
Finally we break into small groups and will have several teen Goals for Girls alumni help facilitate a discussion about each of our dreams for making change and how we might realize them. These girls are currently implementing a project designed at the New Delhi Leadership Summit called “Self Love City” and are determined to create change in Salt Lake City among their peers.
Since 2007, Goals for Girls has implemented leadership summits around the world—from Tajikistan to India to South Africa to Uganda and to Peru—developing leadership skills in thousands of young women.
A key takeaway of the Goals for Girls Leadership Summit are “We are the Change” projects. These projects are initiatives girl football teams lead on to address challenges in their community and change their surroundings for the better.
During the Summit, each team brainstorms, identifies, shares and commits to a challenge in their community that they would like to address and change for the better. Each girl and team has the responsibility to apply their leadership skills and learnings from the Summit to make their Change project come to life.
Jackie Skinner is a Virginia native, and BYU graduate who studied secondary education and international development. During her undergrad years, Jackie had the opportunity to study alongside BYU professors with Uganda’s Ministry of Education, focusing her research on why girls are struggling in secondary education at higher rates than boys. She had no idea that this experience would put her on the wild trajectory she is on today working alongside young women across the world.
After graduating, Jackie taught World Geography and World History for three years while serving as the head varsity soccer coach at Timpview High School in Provo, Utah. During her teaching tenure, Jackie served as the Uganda Country Director for HELP International where she led 29 university students in creating self-sustaining development projects in rural villages. While in Uganda, Jackie dreamed of bringing her high school girls soccer team to the country to work with war-affected girls in the North, dreamed up a project, and with a lot of help made it happen, and became a co-founder of Goals for Girls.
Jackie then moved to Washington, DC to work for the United States Agency for International Development in the offices of Food for Peace and Foreign Disaster Assistance, while running Goals for Girls as a passion.
Jackie currently lives in Salt Lake City where she works full time as the Goals for Girls Director of Operations, and currently leads Goals for Girls programming across the world. She is currently designing an exciting project this summer in Utah she can’t wait to tell you about!