• Girls on the Run Saginaw Bay
  • Signup Deadline is 8/18/2017

Available Volunteer Opportunities:
  • Head Coach
  • Assistant Coach
  • Junior Coach
  • Substitute Coach

About This Event


Each season Girls on the Run has a dynamic group of volunteer coaches who give their time to guide and mentor girls. Our coaches play a pivotal role in helping girls grow into happy, healthy, self-confident adolescents and adults! Coaches need not be runners; they just need to be individuals who want to be a positive influence and who are committed to developing and celebrating our youth.

 

Please review the details and level of commitment below; be honest with yourself and decide if you have the time to take on a GOTR coach position.  If you do, please proceed with the online application. Instructions will be given after we receive your application.   If you are unable to commit to the time requirements, please consider a different volunteer opportunity with our organization.

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All GOTR coaches are required to attend a coach training, undergo a background check, and provide three unrelated references. Cost of background check for first-time coaches is $9.50 and $2.50 for each additional last name. Upon receipt of application we will get in touch with you about our current coaching needs.   To see the locations and times of the group meetings, click here!

 

All volunteer positions may be used as a service learning project or other college credit project upon agreement of the school and Girls on the Run Saginaw Bay.


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Head Coach

Profile:

-Must be female and at least 21 years of age

-Attend a Mandatory Coaches' Training

-Become CPR/First Aid Certified (our council will provide one low-cost training)

-Prepare for and supervise (20) seventy-five to ninety minute lessons in a manner consistent with the Girls on the Run Saginaw Bay philosophy and curricula. This includes attending practice two afternoons per week for the duration of the program.

-Serve as a role model for the girls and encourage the girls at all times

-Wait at the site following all practices until all girls have been picked up

-Plan and coordinate the end of season celebration for the team - to be held after the last practice or after the 5k celebration event

-Distribute the program pre- and post- surveys as directed

-Lead the girls in coordination of a community service project

-Attend and/or participate with the girls at the end of season 5k run/walk celebration event

-Provide direction to assistant coaches to ensure they are offering encouragement, participating in games and workouts, and being cheerleaders for the team

-Communicate with participants' families, including sending weekly email updates (templates provided), alerting them to schedule changes, and assisting with Running Buddy recruitment for the 5k run/walk celebration event 

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Time commitment: 

Approximately 5-6 hours per week for 10 weeks during the September-November season  (2 sessions per week), 4-hour pre-season coach training session, 3-4 hours the day of the 5k (the Saturday before Thanksgiving), 1-2 hours for the end of season celebration

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Qualifications: 

-A strong desire to work in the field of girl development 

-Experience working with youth 

-Excellent communication skills 

-The ability to be flexible and to improvise when needed 

-To inspire and motivate others to believe in the Girls on the Run mission 

-High organizational skills 

-The ability to recognize conflict and have the skills to help resolve it 

-The capacity to work in a partnership with a co-coach and/or assistant coaches    

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Experience

-Has worked directly with girls ages 8-14 in a girl-positive environment

-Strives to lead a healthy lifestyle

-Has volunteered in direct service organizations

-Has awareness of the common and different needs of girls
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Assistant Coach

-Must be 18 years of age or older; may be male or female

-Attend a Mandatory Coaches' Training

-Attend at least one bi-weekly practice, approximately 1.5-3 hours per week for 10 weeks, and serve as a number one encourager, cheerleader, finish-line-greeter and high-fiver

-If attending one practice per week, choose to commit to the same day each week for consistency

-Provide support for the head coach by handing out supplies, shoes, snacks, filling water bottles, etc.

-Provide one-on-one attention to girls in need of extra help

-Run or walk with the girls and encourage them to put their best effort into the workouts

-Assist in the coordination of an end-of-the season party

-Assist in the coordination of a team community service project

-Take photos of the girls during practices

-Participate with the girls in the end of season 5k

-Serve as a role model for the girls and encourage the girls at all times

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Time commitment: 

Approximately 1.5-3 hours per week for 10 weeks (1-2 sessions per week) during the September-November season, 4-hour pre-season coach training session, 3-4 hours the day of the 5k (the Saturday before Thanksgiving), 1-2 hours for the end of season celebration

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Qualifications: 

-A strong desire to work in the field of youth character development 

-Excellent communication skills 

-Experience working with youth 

-Capacity to work in a partnership with a head and assistant coach(es) 

-Flexibility/Ability to accommodate to a changing environment 

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Junior Coach

-Must be 16 or 17 years of age; may be male or female

-Attend a Mandatory Coaches' Training

-Attend at least one bi-weekly practice, approximately 1.5-3 hours per week for 10 weeks, and serve as a number one encourager, cheerleader, finish-line-greeter and high-fiver

-If attending one practice per week, choose to commit to the same day each week for consistency

-Provide support for the Head and Assistant Coaches by handing out supplies, shoes, snacks, filling water bottles, etc.

-Provide one-on-one attention to girls in need of extra help

-Run or walk with the girls and encourage them to put their best effort into the workouts

-Assist in the coordination of an end-of-the season party

-Assist in the coordination of a team community service project

-Participate with the girls in the end of season 5k

-Serve as a role model for the girls and encourage the girls at all times

-If desired, lead an activity with assistance and under the supervision of a Head or Assistant Coach 

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Time commitment: 

Approximately 1.5-3 hours per week for 10 weeks (1-2 sessions per week) during the September-November season, 4-hour pre-season coach training session, 3-4 hours the day of the 5k (the Saturday before Thanksgiving), 1-2 hours for the end of season celebration

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2017 Coach Training

All coaches must complete a 1 hour online training session and attend a 4.75 hour in-person training session. We offer two options for coaches to choose from for in-person training:

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Sunday, 8/6/2017, 12:30-5:15pm @ YMCA of Saginaw, 1915 Fordney Street, Saginaw, 48601

Sunday, 8/20/2017, 11:30-4:15pm @ Dow Bay Area Family Y, Bay City, 48708

 

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You will be able to choose your training session in the application.