COACH ACROSS AMERICA (Full-Time)
Now Hiring (August Start Date)
Coach Across America (CAA), a proud member of AmeriCorps, is the first nationwide effort to mobilize highly trained Corps Members (CMs) as Sports Based Youth Development (SBYD) experts and coaches. CMs will serve, teach and support under-resourced youth and the youth development organizations that provide valuable programming in their vulnerable communities and come together from diverse backgrounds for a demanding youth coaching experience. Through the proven methods of intentional sports and service learning programming, CMs invest their talents and energy to address the most pressing needs of our nation’s young people: childhood obesity, academic failure and anti-social behavior.
WHAT YOU WILL DO
This is your year. The year you’ve been waiting for. Sport has always been there for you. It has propelled you through the tough times; it has been the catalyst for some of your best; it has taught you hard lessons and diligence; it has refined your character and made you realize the value of a good sweat. It revealed that sometimes the best practices have nothing to do with the ball or field or the plays you worked so hard to master. Like your teammates and your coach, sport has changed your life. And now, it’s your turn to lead the team. Your time to coach.
During your year of service, you will be assigned MetroLacrosse, a community based SBYD organization which addresses the social and economic disparities that exist in urban settings by inspiring increased physical and emotional health among urban youth and teens. While working with MetroLacrosse your primary role will be as Head or Assistant Coach of a youth lacrosse team. However, no day will ever be the same and you can expect to wear many different hats and will acquire various, exciting skill-sets during your service year. Some of the roles might include:
- Program Assistant – planning new or improving upon existing programming through design, outreach, structure and management.
- Health and Nutrition Leader – training youth and parents on the benefits of proper eating, exercise, hydration and other issues that affect youth on the playing field and in the classroom.
- Camp Coordinator – leading off-season and non-traditional sport and service learning camps on weekends, summer, winter, and spring breaks; a time when student-athletes are often unengaged.
- Assistant Event Planner – making the tournament of your dreams a reality; you will see, hands-on, what it takes to pull off one of these special events.
- Volunteer Recruiter – inviting participation from your community and learning the skills needed to entice, empower, train, entertain and engage long-term volunteers who can make an impact far deeper than your service-year a lone.
- Service Learning Facilitator – discovering that you can make a difference in your world through action is a powerful lesson and you will be the teacher.
- Referee – strap on your whistle and review your rulebook, you might just be the one making the calls and using each mistake as a moment of learning.
During your year of service you will receive comprehensive and on-going training from experts in the field of SBYD programming and will become certified as a Sports Based Youth Development Coach. This certification will not only enable you greater efficacy in your role as a CAA coach, but it will also make you more marketable for the job of your dreams upon completion of your service year.
WHAT YOU WILL GAIN
- $5,815.00 education award
- Uniform/Athletic Apparel
- Modest weekly stipend to total $15,105
- Student loan forbearance (on qualifying student loans)
- Access to a large network of SBYD organizations for future career development and networking
- Leadership skills
- Vacation and sick time
- United States citizen or permanent resident alien
- Ability to commit to 900 hours of service (to be completed within 12-months)
- A high school degree and/or college degree (preferred)
- At least three years of experience in at least one sport (leadership/coaching experience preferred)
- A strong interest in service-learning
- A commitment to sports as a tool for youth development
- A strong sense of civic engagement
- Previous experience volunteering in a youth development framework
- A desire to consider a career in coaching youth and/or working in a SBYD program
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills among diverse constituents
- A commitment to community building and volunteer engagement
- Bravery and integrity
- A sense of humor and patience
- A commitment to improving conditions and providing opportunities for all youth
- Your participation may be limited if you previously served with AmeriCorps**
The ideal Corps Member has a strong desire to serve the community and a commitment to diversity, self-development and teamwork. You must be able to complete a minimum of 900 hours of service in 12 months to participate.
Make this your year.
To apply email you resume and a thoughtful cover letter to Pat Cronin at email@example.com
Coach Across America is available to all, without regard to race, color, origin, gender, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, or religion.
** Served no more than one previous AmeriCorps*State/National term; no more than two previous AmeriCorps terms