Commonwealth Corps Fitness and Health Coordinator – Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell Commonwealth Corps Fitness and Health Coordinator
The mission of the Commonwealth Corps is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in service to strengthen communities, address unmet community needs, and increase volunteerism.
Commonwealth Corps members with Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell will serve 10.5 months in a fulltime capacity. What they have in common is a desire to put their talents and ideas to use in the service of their communities and the Commonwealth.
Two Commonwealth Corps members will partner with Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell staff to expand and improve health and nutrition programs at our Boys & Girls Club. The Commonwealth Corps Fitness and Health Coordinator will serve as a team with the Commonwealth Corps Nutrition Coordinator to increase the physical and mental health of youth in Lowell. Through their service, the Commonwealth Corps members will also leverage 30 volunteers that will engage youth throughout the Club in healthy lifestyles programs.
Complete a minimum of 1,500 hours of service, serving through June 30, 2018.
Attend all required Commonwealth Corps trainings and service events held by MSA (minimum of 6 total, post orientation) and Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell, including a new member orientation on August 15 & 16, 2017.
Participate in a minimum of 1 hour of MSA-related activities each week (in person or virtually).
Launch new girls-only sports activities, including volleyball, basketball, jump rope, yoga and Zumba, for a total of 50 girls.
Initiate new active lifestyle activities – such as Zumba, handball, a running Club, and dodge ball – for youths not interested in traditional sports such as basketball and soccer.
Coordinate a daily, individual fitness challenge open to all youths.
Coordinate a new partnership with Planet Fitness to run quarterly “non-judgment zone” fitness activities at our Boys & Girls Club for a total of 60 youths.
Track hours of athletic participation among Boys & Girls Club youths.
Serve as a mentor to an individual Boys & Girls Club youth member.
Attend a weekly Youth Service Meeting.
Together with the Commonwealth Corps Nutrition Education Coordinator, deliver components of All Stars, a substance abuse prevention program, to teens.
Together with the Commonwealth Corps Nutrition Education Coordinator, deliver Date Smart, a Boys & Girls Clubs of America curriculum on healthy relationships.
Together with the Commonwealth Corps Nutrition Education Coordinator, recruit 48 Club teens for quarterly workshops by Lowell General Hospital on health related topics and by Lowell House on separating fact from fiction about drug use and how to recognize signs of addiction in themselves and others.
Conduct follow-up with teens after the workshops to refer those who may need additional support to our licensed clinical social worker or other community partners.
Develop a tip sheet as to how youths can become better, stronger, and safer athletes, based upon trainings that an outside sports psychologist will conduct at our Boys & Girls Club.
As relevant to this service role, occasionally participate in projects and programs in other areas in order to build relationships and recruit new at-risk teen members, ages 13-18, into programs.
As relevant to this service role, accompany youth on periodic field trips
Massachusetts residency and legal authorization to work in the United States
18 years of age or older
Experience with or interest in volunteerism and community engagement
Ability to balance service commitment with other family/work/school/community commitments in a sustainable way
One to three years of experience working or volunteering with youth
Some college education or equivalent experience
Strong written and verbal communication skills in order to transfer knowledge to staff and volunteers as well as create written processes to continue the programs once complete their service
Strong organizational skills
Physical ability to lead fitness programs
Multilingual in Spanish and/or Khmer
Valid Driver’s License
Stipend of $541.66 every other week while in service, up to $13,000, minus taxes and withholdings;
Health insurance (individual coverage only);
Completion award of up to $2,500 upon successful completion of service, minus taxes and withholdings;
Training and other professional development opportunities;
Limited reimbursement for travel to Corps-wide MSA-sponsored activities
Limited travel reimbursement from their host site for certain service-related travel away from their usual service location, according to that agency’s policies;
Access to free afternoon/evening meals/snacks prepared at the Club when on-site;
The opportunity for at least 10 days of planned absences (may include holidays); and
The opportunity to join with others with a common sense of purpose as part of the Commonwealth Corps.
Please note that receipt of these stipends/benefits may impact an individual’s eligibility for certain public benefits.
Term of Service:
Position Start Date: August 15, 2017
Position End Date: June 30, 2018
Service commitment will average 38-40 hours per week during the following days/times: Must be available for a schedule that includes hours between 12:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and approximately one weekend day per month with advance notice. Ideally would be available from 9:00 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. on school vacation weeks.
To apply, submit a cover letter and resume as soon as possible or by May 26, 2017 to: Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell Attn: Human Resources 657 Middlesex Street Lowell, MA 01851-1410 firstname.lastname@example.org Fax 978-453-9740
Accepted members will be required to undergo a criminal offender and sexual offender background check. Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, color, political affiliation, creed, national origin, marital status, or any other status as protected by federal, state, and local laws. Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations for interviews and for service upon request.