Who We Are

Jerome Simon, Founder

Jerome is a life-long soccer enthusiast, who believes in sport for youth development and conceived YSF as a force for positive change in the outcomes of young people. Jerome has been an investment professional since graduating from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1990.

Kerri McClellan, Executive Director

Kerri grew up playing soccer and enjoyed Division 1 collegiate play at University of California, Berkeley. Since graduating from Cal in 1992, Kerri has been involved with non-profit work focusing on the importance of youth involvement in sports and empowering athletes with opportunities and resources to pursue their personal ambitions.

Beto Vega, Program Director

Alberto "Beto" Vega, grew up playing competitive club soccer in his hometown of San Diego, CA. While Beto is truly passionate about soccer, he is equally committed to educational advancement in underrepresented communities, leading him to complete a Masters in Social Welfare at UCLA. Beto has extensive experience providing social services to diverse populations in places like Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego, and in Latin America. This background allows Beto to develop a holistic understanding of student athlete needs to offer culturally relevant support in order to help students develop skills for collegiate success.

From left to right: Jerome Simon, Kerri McClellan and Beto Vega