About Up2Us Sports
Our mission is to engage, train, and support sports coaches to transform youth, programs, and communities. Our vision is that all children regardless of socioeconomic circumstances have access to highly trained coaches who can inspire their success in a game and in life, through the power of sports.
Up2Us Sports leads a national service movement of AmeriCorps coaches who deliver daily physical activity programs to youth in the nation’s most vulnerable communities. Our coaches are trained to use sports to teach life skills connected to positive outcomes related to health, education, and risk prevention.
Up2Us Sports has had a regional office in New Orleans since 2012. Since then, we have placed over 220 coaches that served over 6,000 kids across the city. Our coaches are placed at schools and after-school non-profit programs throughout New Orleans to provide in-school and after-school sports opportunities for all youth to be active, learn skills, and stay out of trouble through sports.
About the Up2Us Sports Coach Program
The Up2Us Sports coach position is an AmeriCorps service position. Our Up2Us Sports AmeriCorps coaches must complete their assigned term of service, not to exceed a 12-month period. Typically our coaches serve a direct service term over the course of nine months to one year. Coaches will receive a living stipend throughout their service term and will receive an education award upon successful completion of their term. Coaches are placed at schools or after-school programs across the city of New Orleans.
The role of an Up2Us Sports Coach may include but is not limited to:
Assisting in PE classes and/or coach after-school sports at a school or community based organization
Encouraging youth participants to gain and develop life skills, knowledge, and techniques through sport, using lessons learned at Up2Us Sports’ training events.
Leading teams and/or classes in organized sports activities
Performing data collection activities directed by their Up2Us Sports Program Manager
Acting as a role model to gain the respect and trust of the community and youth served.
Help with school-based or after school-based activities such as homework help, lunch duty, snack time, freeplay, recess, etc.
About AmeriCorps State and National
AmeriCorps state and national programs provide thousands of Americans each year the opportunity to improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service. Funded by the Corporation of National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency, AmeriCorps works hand in hand with local partners, tapping the ingenuity and can-do spirit of the American people to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing our nation.
CNCS invests in thousands of nonprofit and faith-based groups that are making a difference across the country. Up2Us Sports is a proud member of the AmeriCorps community.
Americorps members are not employees of the Program or of the federal government. The definition of “participant” in the National and Community Service Act of 1990 as amended applies to AmeriCorps members. As such, “a participant (member) shall not be considered to be an employee of the Program in which the participant (member) is enrolled” ((42 U.S.C. 12511(30) (B)). Moreover, members are not allowed to perform an employee’s duties or otherwise displace employees, and therefore generally not eligible to receive unemployment compensation.
Up2Us Half-Time Coach Requirements:
Up2Us Sports Americorps Coaches must complete the following requirements to ensure successful completion of the AmeriCorps program:
Completion of the minimum required hours of service (900 hours) and training by last day of coach contract
Attendance at the Virtual Up2Us Sports Coach Orientation (August 2, 2021)
Attend Virtual Coach Training Institute ( L1- Aug. 23-24, 2021, L2- Aug. 30-31, 2021, L3- Sept. 27-28, 2021 & L4- Oct. 4-5, 2021)
Completion of biweekly timesheets
Attendance at a Day of Service- January 17, 2022
Attend/Participate in Up2Us Sports trainings, meetings, and special initiatives
Successfully complete data collection
Communicate in a professional, timely manner with your Host Site Supervisor, Program Manager, and youth in program
Coach youth in organized sports activities
Meet other expectations deemed necessary by the host site partner
Coaches must wear Up2Us Sports branded t-shirts provided by Up2Us Sports with AmeriCorps logo when coaching and at program sessions and events.
Member Eligibility & Qualifications
AmeriCorps is open to U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent residents
Member must be at least 18 years old
Members must have, or be working towards High School diploma, GED, or its equivalent
Member should have previous experience working with youth
Restrictions on Eligibility for Benefits
If a candidate has participated in:
Two full-time service terms or their equivalent, the candidate will be ineligible for a third Education Award or other in-service and after-service benefits
Four AmeriCorps National Direct of State service terms, regardless of whether those terms were served on a full or part-time basis, the candidate is ineligible for benefits
Additionally, a candidate cannot serve if:
Failed to disclose to Up2Us Sports any history of having been released for compelling personal circumstances or for cause from another AmeriCorps program, this will render him/her ineligible to receive the Education Award and may render the Coach ineligible for service with the Program.
Released for cause from another AmeriCorps program but was released having performed satisfactorily, the candidate may still be eligible for participation in the Program. However, this eligibility does not guarantee selection or placement.
Service Term Dates
Start date: August 2, 2021
End date: July 31st, 2022 (last possible day of service, service term could end earlier)
Total Hours/Weekly Hours
900-hour service term (approximately 25-30 hours per week depending on end date)
AmeriCorps Living Allowance & Segal Service Award
Living Allowance: $7,770
Segal Service Award: $3,097.50 (For Educational Use Only)
Remote interview process
Personal protective equipment provided or required
Social distancing guidelines in place
Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place
Education award upon successful completion of service, Living allowance, Training
Uniforms provided and required
Subject to criminal background check