After School Instructor, Young Quakers Community Athletics

Posted by University of Pennsylvania on August 29, 2016

2016-2017 Young Quakers Community Athletics After School Instructor

Young Quakers Community Athletics (YQCA) is a partnership between the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships and the Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics. Directed through Netter’s University-Assisted Community Schools program (UACS), YQCA creates mutually beneficial partnerships between select Penn intercollegiate athletic teams and West Philadelphia public schools. Founded in 2012 with boys’ lacrosse at Comegys Community School, YQCA has grown quickly to include girls’ lacrosse at Comegys and co-ed track at Huey Community School and Lea Community School with the potential for reaching even more students through additional sports in the future.

Penn’s varsity athletes engage with West Philadelphia K-8 students, mentoring the children on the field and off. In addition to the mentoring, YQCA provides staff, coaches, uniforms, sports equipment, bus transportation, and access to the University’s world-class playing fields at no cost to the schools or their students. Program participants also benefit from the Netter Center’s comprehensive UACS programming, which brings additional academic, human, and material resources from Penn to their schools during the school day, after school, and in the summer.

 Education: High school degree required, College degree preferred
 Experience: 1-2 years working with middle school aged youth (5th-8th grades)
 Knowledge of youth development and youth work best practices
 Experience playing high school or collegiate level Lacrosse/Track+Field or sports preferred
 Completion and passing of all Federal and State background checks/clearances
 Ability to work until at least 6:30 p.m. weekdays and occasional Saturdays
 Experience with urban settings and diverse populations
 Excellent skills with Microsoft office suite and experience with database entry
 Excellent interpersonal, organization and communication skills

 Assist with recruitment and enrollment of students into the program
 Ensure that children are safe at all times
 Plan activities with other after-school staff
 Attendance at all YQCA coach trainings, practices and competitions including travel with YQCA participants to ALL off-site activities and trips
 Facilitation of leadership/teambuilding lessons with elementary and college student-athletes
 Assist YQCA Head Coach and sometimes lead sports specific activities with Young Quakers and Penn “Big Quaker” Athletes
 Contribute to program evaluation including collection and data entry of YQCA attendance data
 Administrative duties include distribution and follow up for permission slips, game schedules to students, parents
 Communicate with students’ parents including follow up phone calls as needed
 Meet with site staff to communicate YQCA program needs
 Be familiar with and strive to be in compliance with the Netter Center and School Dist. Of Phila. Core Standards for Youth Programs
 Collaborate with other programs to ensure best program practices and sharing of resources
 Other duties as assigned

Average of 20 hours/week Monday – Friday from 2:00 – 6:30pm for academic school year Sept. – June, including occasional weekends and evenings

Compensation: $15 per hour

To apply, please send resume to YQCA Director, Jennifer Chu,

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