2017-2018 AmeriCorps Coach with Up2Us Sports

Location: FirstLine K-8th Grade Schools



Up2Us AmeriCorps Coach at Firstline Schools

About the Up2Us Coach Program

Up2Us Sports is a coalition of more than 1,200 nonprofit organizations that believe in the power of sports to fight childhood obesity, and academic failure, and reduce gang participation. Up2Us Sports’ flagship program is Up2Us Coach, a national coach/mentor program that places, trains, and supports coaches to provide meaningful experiences to youth in a variety of sports programs nationwide. More than 1,800 coaches have provided opportunities for more than 284,000 youth to be active, learn skills, and stay out of trouble through sports.

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.

About Firstline Schools

Firstline Schools is a K-12 charter school network of five different schools throughout the New Orleans area.  Our schools will prepare students for college and fulfilling careers by achieving the following primary objectives:

  • Ensuring  college readiness  so all of our students are on track to be academically prepared for success in college and in a college preparatory high school as demonstrated by achievement, aspiration, love of learning, and confidence

  • Providing a  rich variety of experiences  for our students to nurture character, health, and active citizenship

  • Developing the  skillfulness of our staff

  • Building  sustainable organizations  that facilitate our long-term success

Member Title

Service Term

AmeriCorps Coach with Up2Us Sports

Start Date: August 1, 2017

End Date: May 31, 2017

Host Site Location

Total Hours/Weekly Hours


900 hours total

Approx. 25 hours /week

Up2Us Sports Program Manager

Host Site Supervisor

             Karl Tear    Program Manager

Up2Us Sports

Dean Gancarz-Davies

AmeriCorps Living Allowance & Segal Service Award

Program Type

Program Association

Living Allowance: $7,770

Segal Service Award: $2865

X   In-School Programming

X  Afterschool Programming

X  Out-Of-School Time Programming

  • AmeriCorps National

  • Serve Illinois

  • Volunteer Louisiana

  • PennServe

  • California Volunteers

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Up2Us Coaches serving through AmeriCorps must complete their assigned term of service listed above not to exceed a 12 month period. During the term of service, the coach will serve in a direct service role.

Coaches are expected to but are not limited to:

  1. Arrive on time to assist coach with set up for class.

  2. Assist coach with classes and in some cases because of class size coach can have a small group.

  3. Coach should attend some meetings to understand school policy. On non PE days coach should help with hall monitoring.

  4. Coach should help break down equipment after class.

  5. Coach will assist with afternoon duty for dismissal.

  6. Coaches will assist with after-school middle school sports.


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 such 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 twice monthly America Learns reflection logs at an 80% level or higher

  • Completion of 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)


Uniform Policy:

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.

  • Members must be 18 years old.

  • Members must have, or be working toward a High School diploma, GED or its equivalent.

  • Coaches should be required to have a high school diploma.

  • Some college experience is preferred.

  • Previous work in coaching or working with children preferred.


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 or 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.

Application Submissions/Inquiries

Inquiries should be directed to:

Dean Gancarz-Davies, Firstline Schools



To apply:

Please email your resume and cover letter to Dean Gancarz-Davies, dgancarz@firstlineschools.org


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