International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Boys Group & Girls Group

 The Boys Group and Girls Group are part of IRC's Youth Programs at Crawford High School in City Heights. 


Program Spotlight: Girls Summer Soccer

The IRC Girls Summer Soccer Clinic is a 6-week program that provides an opportunity for refugee girls to exercise and enjoy the camaraderie of a team sport.  Forty refugee girls, ages 12 – 21, attend twice per week to learn soccer skills and scrimmage, some playing a sport for the first time.

The coaches are young local soccer players: Sarah Noble, now in her fourth summer of leading the soccer clinic, attendsa Middlebury College in Vermont. Devan Osegueda attends Trinity College. Maya Theur is a senior at the Bishops School.

The refugee students in the program are from Somalia, Kenya, Burundi, Uganda, Eritrea, Sudan, Liberia, Nepal, and Burma. The goals of the program are not only to teach soccer skills to the girls, but to empower them to lead active/healthy lifestyles, and instill confidence through the power of sport. And of course, to have fun!

Photo: Soccer players showing their Peace, Love, and Soccer t-shirts.



Girls Group is designed to be a safe space where girls from varying backgrounds can join and form relationships while discussing relevant issues. This group strives to be activity based and introduces girls to ways they can be involved in their community.

Activities range from involved art projects to cooking classes and from certified CPR training to domestic violence awareness classes. And of course, who could forget – soccer!


Boys Group meets weekly and uses sports based activities to promote conflict resolution and team building skills within Crawford High School’s diverse student population.



Photos: Jessica Wawrzyniak/The IRC

 For more information, please contact Crawford Site Coordinator Claire Henry at

Past spotlight:


After the Scavenger Hunt, girls from IRC’s Youth Programs at Crawford High School catch their breath and pose for a picture.

Armed with only a map and teamwork, four teams followed clues on a two hour adventure through Historic Old Town in San Diego.

“Look! I found GOLD!” exclaimed Nang Yum, a refugee from Burma, as she panned for gold at the Mormon Battalion Building.

Weekly activities such as these help recently arrived youth build meaningful friendships with students from diverse backgrounds and learn more about their new community.

Photo: Jessica Wawrzyniak/The IRC









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