Playworks is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to get kids physically active and transform children’s social and emotional health. We believe in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid and are changing school climates by leveraging the power of safe, fun, and healthy play at school every day.
Playworks Coaches are AmeriCorps members. As an AmeriCorps member you will join nearly 300,000 other members and over one million alumni nationally who have committed their time and talents to strengthen communities. Partnership organizations, like Playworks, engage with AmeriCorps members to improve the communities they serve.
As an AmeriCorps Member serving at Playworks you will improve the school climate at a local elementary school by ensuring that every kid gets to play every day. You will engage kids and educators every school day, making a positive impact on the playground, in the classroom and in the school community. We will train you and support you on this journey so that you can:
Create opportunities for safe and inclusive play, on the playground and throughout the school, by being an effective facilitator and a caring, consistent adult to ensure that every kid has the opportunity to play every day.
Implement a youth leadership program by providing student leadership opportunities at recess and implementing curriculum for a cohort of students before or after school.
Lead individual classes to build youth leadership skills, promote cooperation, and introduce new games, including the rules and boundaries, that kids can play on the playground.
Enlist and coach students in interscholastic/developmental sports leagues that might include basketball, volleyball, or soccer.
Work with the school to create opportunities to engage families and the wider school community.
Recruit and coordinate volunteers who will assist with your programming to strengthen school climate.
Develop a strong school culture by influencing, motivating, and building rapport with faculty, administrators, parents, and volunteers.
Participate in national days of service and some weekend service projects in the greater community.
For more information about being an AmeriCorps Members with Playworks please visit:
Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Training
Modest living stipend paid out semi-monthly, with amounts varying by region
Medical health insurance at no cost
Access to Dental and Vision insurance at a low cost
Education award that can be used for eligible student loans, tuition, and other education related expenses after successful completion of your service year. More information here: www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/alumni/segal-americorps-education-award
Child care expense reimbursement if you qualify. Learn more: www.americorpschildcare.com
Enrollment as an AmeriCorps service member. For more information, visit www.americorps.gov
Leadership skill development and valuable experience for a career in education and youth development
Professional development opportunities
Making a lasting difference in children’s lives and your community
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
18 years of age or older
US Citizenship or Permanent Resident status
High school diploma or equivalent
Commitment to fulfilling your entire term of service with the ability to serve your scheduled hours consistently
An interest in volunteering, learning, and growing while giving back to the community
Candidates must clear a National Sex Offender Public Registry, State criminal check, and FBI background check
Nice to Have:
Experience working with or teaching groups of children with the ability to engage and inspire youth
Be an organized self-starter exhibiting good judgment with the flexibility to adapt to shifting priorities and demands
Previous commitment to national and community service as demonstrated through volunteerism or other service work
Experience interacting with diverse communities and the ability to integrate into an existing school community
Ongoing access to reliable transportation to and from your assigned school
Demonstrated experience leading and/or teaching groups of children with the ability to engage and inspire youth
Knowledge of computer and internet based programs for use in communication and record keeping requirements
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check
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