An Up2Us Coach will serve with a sports-based youth development (SBYD) organization focused on bringing sports to children who need it most. Up2Us Coaches will leverage the power of play and teamwork to reduce youth violence, promote health, increase academic success, and improve futures. An Up2Us Coach will receive over 40 hours of professional development, including SBYD training, and will have access to a network of over 1,200 youth development organizations for future career development and networking.
LOOP NOLA provides positive, life-changing outdoor experiences for children and youth in Greater New Orleans. LOOP NOLA exists to make the outdoors more equitable for underserved, urban children and youth so everyone can experience the physical and mental health benefits of outdoor recreation along with the joy and awe that are created in natural spaces. For generations, access to public lands and outdoor recreation has systemically excluded people of color. It is our belief that to dismantle these systems of exclusion and create equity it is critical that everyone has access to and feels ownership of outdoor spaces. We accomplish this by creating outdoor programs that allow youth to explore, learn, and develop a sense of ownership in the outdoors. During the 2017-18 school year, we provided 13,000 hours of outdoor programs to 2,500 participants. Over sixty-five percent of participants were from open admission public schools with a majority of their students receiving free or reduced meals.
The Outdoor Adventure AmeriCorps Coach will assist LOOP NOLA staff members with outdoor adventure programming during the school day for New Orleans elementary, middle, and high school students. Outdoor programs will be held in public parks in and around the city and will focus on developing set social, emotional, and academic skills through outdoor recreation activities. Activities include hiking, challenge course participation, canoeing, overnight camping, fishing, and other outdoor adventures. The Outdoor Adventure Coach will be responsible for facilitating the programs through guided discussions and diverse debrief strategies while focusing on safety and inclusivity throughout. He/She will also assist in developing activities that meet set objectives and that are innovative, creative, and engaging. He/She will help with the preparation and break down of equipment and supplies needed before and after programming. The Outdoor Adventure Coach will also learn and teach several outdoor technical skills and learn about and manage the outdoor gear and equipment we utilize during programs.
Additionally, the AmeriCorps Up2Us Coach will:
• Encourage participants to gain and develop life skills, knowledge, and techniques through sport, using lessons learned at Up2Us Sports’ best in class training events
• Perform data collection activities, as directed by your Up2Us Sports Program Manager
• Act as a role model, gaining the respect and trust of the community and youth served
Up2Us AmeriCorps Coaches must complete the following requirements to ensure successful completion of the AmeriCorps program:
• Completion of the minimum required hours of service and training by last day of coach contract
• Attendance at the Up2Us Coach orientation
• Completion of bi-weekly timesheets
• Attendance at a day of service
• Attend/participate in Up2Us Sports trainings, meetings, and special initiatives
• Attend Coach Training Institute (date to be announced by Program Manager)
Coaches must wear Up2Us Sports branded t-shirts provided by Up2Us Sports with AmeriCorps logo when coaching and at program sessions and events
Education award upon successful completion of service, Living allowance, Stipend, Training
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 EducationAward or other in-service and after-service benefits.
Additionally, a candidate cannot serve if:
•Failed to disclose to Up2Us Sports any history of having been released for compelling personalcircumstances or for cause from another AmeriCorps program, this will render him/her ineligible toreceive 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 performedsatisfactorily, the candidate may still be eligible for participation in the Program. However, thiseligibility does not guarantee selection or placement.
•Served four AmeriCorps National Direct or State service terms previously, regardless of whetherthose terms were served on a full or part-time basis. The candidate is ineligible to serve after fourterms.
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
•AmeriCorps is open to U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent residents.
•Members must be 18 years old, or 17 with written parental/guardian consent.
•Members must have, or be working toward a High School diploma, GED, or its equivalent.
Uniforms provided and required
Subject to criminal background check