Established in 2001, PeacePlayers is a peacebuilding nonprofit organization that uses sport as a vehicle to unite, educate and inspire young people living in divided communities. Based on the premise that “children who play together can learn to live together,” PeacePlayers has become a worldwide leader in the use of sport to build a more peaceful world, reaching more than 75,000 youth in 15 countries.
By offering equitable basketball programming, peace education, leadership development and professional training, PeacePlayers challenges the status quo of hatred and fear that grips societies in conflict – making cross-community cooperation desirable and giving young people practical skills to deal with conflict and grow into advocates for peace in their communities. The organization operates year-round programs in the Middle East, South Africa, Northern Ireland and Cyprus, internationally and Baltimore, MD, Brooklyn, NY, Detroit, MI, Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA in the United States.
SUMMARY OF THE POSITION
PeacePlayers believes that basketball has the power to be a catalyst for change. We achieve this by using the game of basketball to bridge divides, create equitable opportunities, and to develop youth leaders.
In Brooklyn, PeacePlayers works in Brownsville, a community with so much potential yet experiences systemic inequities that affect the life outcomes of youth. Due to gun and gang violence, many Brownsville youth do not feel safe in housing developments where they do not reside. These divides also create barriers for Brownsville youth, limiting their ability to fully access resources to pursue their highest potential.
PeacePlayers Brooklyn aims to bridge the divide in Brownsville by creating safe spaces through the game of basketball for young people to build relationships and become leaders and advocates for their community. Since launching in 2017, PeacePlayers Brooklyn has reached over 350 youth, creating a supportive environment for them to develop as a network of young leaders.
We are looking for passionate Youth Development Basketball Coaches to support our programming needs as we return to play this school year. As a PeacePlayers coach, you will help create fun, on the court experiences for Brownsville youth. You will also join a global community of coaches who are passionate about the power of sport to break down barriers and to unite communities all over the world.
PeacePlayers programs are offered on a year-round basis that includes three seasons -- Fall, Spring, and Summer. Programming takes place during after school hours (between 3pm and 8pm) and on some weekends.
Key responsibilities and specific duties include, but are not limited to:
● Build relationships with youth, school representatives and other community stakeholders
● Represent PeacePlayers in a positive and professional manner at all times
● Assist PeacePlayers Program Manager in the planning and delivery of PeacePlayers Boys & Girls Leadership Development Program
● Support co-coaches on leading basketball sessions, facilitating leadership workshops on PeacePlayers core values curriculum
● Coaches are expected to arrive 15 minutes before sessions begin
● Available to support some evening and weekend sessions as necessary
● Other duties as specified by PeacePlayers Brooklyn leadership
● Passion for the PeacePlayers mission
● Demonstrated passion for using sport as a tool for social change
● Knowledge of and/or experience in sports-based youth development philosophy
● Personal sporting experience at the high school or collegiate level preferred
● You are not afraid to roll up your sleeves and you pride yourself on being a teamplayer
The Youth Development Basketball Coach position is a part-time position for approx. 10-12 hours per week. Compensation for this position is negotiable.
The Youth Development Basketball Coach position will be based in Brooklyn, New York
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
It is the policy of PeacePlayers to provide equal employment opportunities to all individuals regardless of age, gender, gender identity/expression, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, physical ability, or any other legally protected basis. PeacePlayers evaluates all candidates on a merit basis.
Established in 2001, PeacePlayers is a peacebuilding nonprofit organization that uses sport as a vehicle to unite, educate and inspire young people living in divided communities. Based on the premise that…