Up2Us Americorps Coach

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $21,025
Details: $15,105 living allowance, plus $5,920 Service Award



Start Date


Application Deadline



650 W. Lake
Suite 340
United States


Up2Us AmeriCorps Coach at Urban Initiatives

About the Up2Us Coach Program

Founded in 2010, Up2Us Sports is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring youth to achieve their potential by providing them with coaches trained in positive youth development. We do this by identifying, training and supporting coaches in their communities who bring sports-based youth development to the most underserved communities. The Up2Us Coach and Up2Us Training programs empower youth-based organizations across the country to become a united force for meaningful change. Up2Us Coach is the first national service program to identify and train young adults to coach and mentor kids in low income communities. Coaches are trained in youth development and mentoring strategies to promote physical activity, healthy living, and good decision making, while cultivating caring, trust-based relationships with the youth they serve.

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.


Founded in 2003, Urban Initiatives is a nonprofit organization that runs youth development programs in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Urban Initiatives’ mission is to empower Chicago’s youth to become community leaders through academic success, healthy living, and social-emotional learning. We amplify the inherent power of sports and teamwork to unify diverse stakeholders and strengthen communities. Urban Initiatives takes a collaborative, whole child approach to development in order to provide children with ongoing opportunities to reach their full potential. Currently, Urban Initiatives serves 17,000 students throughout the City of Chicago.

Urban Initiatives is dedicated to intentionally fostering a climate of purposeful inclusion in our workplace, and candidates of diverse backgrounds and identities are strongly encouraged to apply. Urban Initiatives is an Equal Opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. This is in accordance with federal and state law.

Member Title AmeriCorps Coach with Up2Us Sports

Service Term

Start Date: Aug. 2nd, 2018

End Date: June 28th, 2019

Host Site Name Urban Initiatives

Hours Total Hours: 1700

Weekly Hours: 40

Up2Us Sports Program Manager Program Manager, Up2Us Sports

Host Site Supervisor Brendan McAlpine

AmeriCorps Living Allowance & Segal Service Award Living Allowance: $15,105 & Segal Service Award: $5,920

Program Type Out-Of-School Time

Program Association AmeriCorps National Direct

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.

Position Summary

Urban Initiatives is hiring an AmeriCorps Program Associate to implement the Work to Play (WTP) and Take the Lead (TTL) Programs at five CPS sites. The Program Associate dedicates their time to the oversight of these programs. Job responsibilities include youth engagement, administrative program support, and project management. This includes, but is not limited to:

·      supporting school-based coaches

·      engaging in direct implementation with youth

·      managing paperwork collection

·      entering program data

·      supporting program evaluation efforts

·      training coaches

·      executing a year-round parent engagement strategy

·      ensuring adherence to the program model and high program quality

·      and taking on special projects to be assigned based on skill set and interest.

This is done through collaboration with Urban Initiatives’ management team, key school staff, and other major stakeholders. For more information about Work to Play and Take the Lead, please see our website: urbaninitiatives.org


Principal Responsibilities

  • Program Implementation
  • Oversee Work to Play and Take the Lead implementation at five school sites
  • Be the liaison between the schools and the UI office, build relationships within school communities, and reach out to potential program partners
  • Know all contents of the Work to Play and Take the Lead Program Curriculum including games, lessons, health and character information, and program implementation data collection requirements
  • Direct Service
  • Implement parent outreach plan at all schools; make regular phone calls home, set parent meetings, actively invite family participation in special events
  • Support Urban Initiatives by attending cross-departmental events and fundraisers
  • Support Work to Play by:
  • Engaging in program promotion and recruitment prior to the season start, and distributing and collecting registration packets
  • Serving as an Assistant Coach at program sessions
  • Manage snack drop off, equipment, and data collection and entry needs at five partner schools
  • Lead travel game days, field trips, and seasonal team parties
  • Ride school buses with youth to and from special events
  • Support Take the Lead by:
  • Facilitating monthly school-based small mentor sessions called Huddles
  • Assisting with bi-monthly leadership retreats on Fridays or Saturdays
  • Mentor 20 - 40 5th through 8th grade students
  • Ride school buses with youth to and from game days weekly and special events
  • Program Evaluation
  • Collect and enter attendance sheets and weekly participant assessment forms from teachers
  • Distribute and collect enrollment packets for each student, and make parent calls home to support collection as needed
  • Manage Take the Lead data collection and entry for your schools, including attendance, report cards/progress reports, and monthly teacher forms
  • Prepare, distribute, and collect surveys and administer PACER test
  • Complete regular reflections on program implementation
  • Enter program and outcome data with great attention to detail and accuracy
  • Measure height and weight during program sessions two times per year
  • Office Responsibilities
  • Assist in ongoing program development by making suggestions for future enhancements
  • Take photos/videos and write blog stories about programming
  • Participate in required staff meetings, professional development sessions, and trainings
  • Work with a team of cross-departmental managers

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)

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, or 17 with written parental/guardian consent.


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

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Passion for working with families/children in underserved neighborhoods through sports
  • Passion for working with diverse communities and team members
  • Youth development/sports coaching experience (preferred)
  • Highly organized and efficient; able to consistently execute administrative tasks
  • Able to work independently and prioritize wide variety of tasks and deadlines
  • Collaborative work style
  • Accountability
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Able to work flexible schedule that occasionally includes evenings/weekends
  • Consistent access to transportation (required) or consistent access to a car (preferred)
  • Negative TB Test (required)
  • Fluency in Spanish highly desired

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.

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.

•      Served four AmeriCorps National Direct or State service terms previously, regardless of whether those terms were served on a full or part-time basis. The candidate is ineligible to serve after four terms.

Application Submissions/Inquiries

Inquiries should be directed to:

Host Site Supervisor Name, Title: Brendan McAlpine, Program Director

Host Site Organization Name: Urban Initiatives

Host Site Supervisor Email, Phone: jobs@urbaninitiatives.org, 312-715-1763


Urban Initiatives will provide a monthly $50 cell phone stipend, $40 per week (during the season) for gas, paid parking spot in the vicinity of the office.

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual in Spanish highly desired!

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

High School

How To Apply


Send resume and cover letter to jobs@urbaninitiatives.org with subject title "Up2Us Americorps Coach" by June 29th.