NHC Position Type
Girls in the Game empowers girls to take ownership of their health and lives by encouraging healthy habits and providing the skills and safe space they need to grow up confident and strong. Decades of research has shown that girls involved in athletics experience higher levels of confidence, develop healthier habits, fare better academically, and have lower drop-out rates than their peers. Girls who participate in an innovative programs like Girls in the Game are 96 percent more likely to graduate high school than those who do not (After School Alliance, 2011). In addition, girls who participate in active programming have healthier self-confidence and body image (Girl Scout Research Institute, 2006). Studies find that adolescents who attend after-school programs earn significantly higher grades compared with nonparticipants (The Campaign for Educational Equality 2009).
Girls in the Game believes in combatting oppression by validating girls’ experiences and providing long-term, community-based service. We intentionally provide support to girls in our programs through the course of their adolescence and focus on long-term integration into schools in underserved target communities, particularly North Lawndale, Englewood, and Humboldt Park. We strive for stable, long-term community involvement and to create curriculum which is trauma-informed and responsive to the girls we serve, we recognize that health-inequality and income-inequality are linked and provide safe spaces where girls can be active.
The NHC Chicago AmeriCorps member in the After School Coordinator position will directly serve these communities and girls by coaching the girls 3-5 times a week at programming as well as outreach to teens about upcoming events they can participate in.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
Coordinating health and wellness activities including classes and groups; Social media content to promote the programs; Collaborating with supervisors and other leadership; Maintaining, assembling, and distributing materials and supplies; Participating in meetings and conferences; Conducting program quality improvement and data analysis.
Characteristics of an Ideal Candidate
Organized; sound organizational skills; Multi-tasker; ability to balance; Detail-oriented; Comfortable speaking with patient populations, individually or in groups; Interested in health and wellness promotion; Team-oriented; Positive attitude; Patient and calm; Good verbal and written communication skills; Proficient computer and data entry skills (e.g., Microsoft suite); Speaks language(s) spoken by patient populations; Instills trust easily; Creative problem solving; Persistence; Resilience; Tenacity; Open-minded; Non-judgmental; Kind and friendly.
Knowledge Required for the Position
Skill with Microsoft Office or other software for a variety of data processing operations involving a range of problem solving, record keeping, correspondence, and service tracking options.
The supervisor assigns service activities, advises on changes in procedures, and is available for assistance when required. The supervisor assigns service activities in terms of project objectives and basic priorities and is available for consultation in resolving controversial issues.
The service activities are reviewed for accuracy through spot checks, through complaints from customers, and through observation of the Member at service. The Member independently plans and carries out the projects and selects the approaches and methods to be used in solving problems.
Written and oral guides provide specific instructions for doing service. Detailed guidelines exist, including regulations and directives, handbooks, precedents, industry standards and files of previous projects.
The service position assignments vary significantly or often involve unusual circumstances and incomplete or conflicting data.
Purpose and Impact of Service Position Assignments
The service position product or service affects the accuracy, reliability, or acceptability of further processes or services. The service position product or services affect the social, physical, and economic well-being of a substantial number of people on an ongoing basis.
Nature of Contacts
Purpose of Contacts
To motivate, influence, or educate people to support change behaviors.
Special dress code Significant travel (more than 25%) Criminal history check requirements beyond those required by National Health Corps.
Language Proficiency Requirements
Spanish / limited working proficiency
Criminal History Check Requirements Beyond NHC Standard Checks
All coaches are required to pass a DCFS and Chicago Public Schools background check.