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Carondelet soccer player gives back to community

Jordan Young has collected over 300 clothing items for Juvenile Hall youth. Photo courtesy of Carondelet High School
Jordan Young has collected over 300 clothing items for Juvenile Hall youth. Photo courtesy of Carondelet High School

Giving back is in Carondelet senior soccer star Jordyn Young’s DNA.

Back when she was a freshman three years ago, she saw one of her upperclassmen teammates doing a clothing drive, creating the idea of what can she do to help others in a similar fashion?

“I was like, ‘Oh, that’s kind of like a good idea. Maybe I should start doing that,’ and as I kind of became an upperclassmen then that’s kind of when I got more into it and stuff like that,” Young said.

So, Young’s ability to serve the community kicked in, and the efforts in the community have produced incredible dividends every step of the way.

Working with JuveniHall Closet, where her father is on the board, Young would volunteer there and help sell the clothes – a process she thoroughly enjoyed, highlighting her passion for bettering the lives of those in the community.

“It was really good to see how it was benefitting the Juvenile Hall youth,” Young said. “I just decided, ‘Hey, why don’t I do it with my soccer team and whatever?” So I just started pretty much collecting all the clothes and I just asked my teammates, ‘Hey, would you guys want to help me?’”

Today, the numbers for those Young has helped have reached hundreds.

After beginning her coat drive during the winter soccer season and extending it into the spring and summer months during the COVID-19 pandemic, Young has collected more than 300 items for youth in Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall. Those items include clothes – along with coats and shoes – and baby products, bedding, blankets and more.

The clothes are sold at the Juvenile Hall “Hall Closet,” with the proceeds going to support scholarships or financial assistance for those looking to attend a trade school.

“I think there’s just little things we can do to help because I think clothes are just something that’s really simple, but if you don’t have clothes, I feel like it’s good to be able to do something for someone else and kind of help them,” Young said.

Young gave a nod to her mother for helping organize this.

“My mom has been a really big help because she’s kind of one of the team parents, so she kind of helped me organize everything like that,” Young said. “And with the emails and stuff, you have to get it out to the players and the parents, so she’s kind of helped me facilitate it, so that’s made it way easier than just doing it all by myself.”

And Young, who is committed to play collegiately at UC Berkeley, is also volunteering in other ventures.

Young volunteers at her church in Oakland, Beebe Memorial Church, and gives meals to essential workers and food to others and their families. On Aug. 6, a total of 400 meals were dispersed.

It’s all a testament to who Young is at her core.

“I just think it’s kind of my personality,” Young said. “I’m a really positive person. I realize how blessed I am to have the things that I do have and the clothes that I have when I want them and stuff like that, so I just feel like if there’s a time where I can help, then I’m all for it. 

“And it’s not something that’s like a burden, ‘Oh, I have to do this and I have to collect these clothes.’ Personally, I think it’s fun and it’s enjoyable seeing how people can benefit from just you giving away something that doesn’t fit you or something like that. I think it’s honestly just my personality.”

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