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**All AmeriCorps positions are currently filled. Please sign-up for the Pocock Foundations newsletter to stay informed on upcoming opportunities. 2017-2018 CAA AmeriCorps opportunities will be announced in April 2017.

Up2Us Sports – Building Healthy Competition Training Session – REGISTER

Join Up2Us Sports for our new one-day training module that focuses on leveraging competitive environments to help young people learn valuable sport and life skills. This interactive workshop examines the common realities of competition and how youth sport coaches can create environments that maximize skill-building and performance. Attendance for the booster training is free for all CAA coaches, current Host Site Supervisors, and current VISTA’s. If you are a youth rowing coach not directly affiliated with CAA, the Pocock Foundation will cover the cost of registration for this training. Lunch will be provided for all participants.

Date: Saturday, March 25th
Time: 8:00am-4:30pm
Location: Franklin High School
Registration: Normally $35 per person. All youth rowing coaches can attend for free under the Pocock Foundation.

Coach Across America (CAA) AmeriCorps & Pocock Foundation Fellowship Program

The CAA AmeriCorps program is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, an independent Federal agency based in Washington, DC. The primary objective of this program is to have coaches provide youth sport-based experiences that focus on increasing physical activity and nutrition education to combat childhood obesity, as well as address areas of juvenile delinquency and/or educational enhancement. Coaches who serve in AmeriCorps earn the distinction of joining this country’s national service program.

The Pocock Foundation Fellowship program is a CAA benefit provided by the George Pocock Rowing Foundation, through which CAA coaches will receive rowing-specific coach training, peer-to-peer support, and networking opportunities throughout their term of service.

CAA AmeriCorps & Pocock Foundation Fellowship Coaches, 2016-2017

Pocock Rowing Center, Seattle, WA – Zoe Vais
Renton Rowing Center, Renton, WA – Kate Berni and Kam Coon
Commencement Bay Rowing Club, Tacoma, WA – Dina Mustakim
Rose City Rowing Club, Portland, OR – Brandy Herald and Leslie Walker
South Eugene Rowing Club, Eugene, OR – Spencer Kales
Ashland Rowing Club, Ashland, OR – Tommy McNamara
Oakland Strokes Rowing Club, Oakland, CA – Hannah Freeman and Taryn O’Connell
Austin Rowing Club, Austin, TX – Clay Womack
Chicago Training Center, Chicago, IL – Jose Tellez
North Start Community Rowing, Minneapolis, MS – Terri Lindenbaum
Rocket City Rowing Club, Huntsville, AL – Kathy Biddle

CAA AmeriCorps & Pocock Foundation Fellowship Coach Goals

  • Serve in rural and urban communities.
  • Provide direct service to youth as well as perform other program related responsibilities for the host site organization.
  • Direct service must account for 70% of each CAA’s hours. Direct service is defined as time spent working directly with youth. Direct service includes practice time, pre-/post-practice time and any other informal program time spent with youth i.e. time spent traveling to regattas.  Of the remaining 30%, CAAs are allowed up to 20% of their term be in training. Other acceptable duties might be practice planning, establishing plans for the following season, and any other admin duties (including submitting time sheets, completing CAA Learns logs, etc.).
  • Enable organizations to increase their capacity to serve more kids and serve them better.
  • Receive training in youth development and mentoring strategies focused on a trauma-sensitive approach to coaching.

While we encourage coaches of all ages to participate in the program, typically our AmeriCorps coaches are young adults who are attending or have interest in attending college or have recently graduated. Additionally, we have a growing number of veterans serving as coaches.  Coaches receive an AmeriCorps Segal Education Award** ($2,865) upon successfully completing their term of service. The AmeriCorps Segal Education Award is carefully regulated by the government to help pay educational expenses and/or forgive student loans.

Host Site Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a member of Up2Us Sports – membership is FREE. As member, you will also receive electronic newsletters and periodic email alerts to keep you informed of Up2Us announcements, new resources, training, and funding opportunities. Become A Member of Up2Us.
  • Serve youth in low-income or under-served communities.
  • Provide experiences for coaches where they learn valuable work skills and develop an appreciation for civic engagement.
  • Use coach(es) to increase the # of youth served and/or quality of services provided.
  • Implement programming that encompasses elements of sports-based youth development.
  • Place coaches in at least one program that gives them the opportunity to work with the same group of youth consistently over a period of time.  The CAA model relies on coaches building relationships with youth over a period of time, thus each coach must work with at least one group of the same youth for 25 or more total hours of (the more time, the better).  This can be in addition to other programs that are more of a “drop-in” or “indirect service” model.
  • Designate a Host Site Supervisor dedicated to the supervision of CAA for approximately five hours per week.  Duties include: liaising with CAA staff, approving coach hours, and offering on-site support, supervision and guidance to each CAA coach.
  • Recruit CAA coaches.
  • Participate in a Memorandum of Understanding Orientation prior to signing 2016-2017 MOU.
  • Complete CAA data collection, to include: Data collection training (webinar &/or online tutorials); PACER fitness tests (15 minutes, four times per year); youth surveys (15 minutes, four times per year); roster and attendance info; coach surveys and reflection logs (15 minutes per week); and Host Site Supervisor surveys (2 hours per year).
  • Pay Host Site Participation Fee of $5,400* for CAA coaches in target service area or $6,000 for CAA coaches outside of primary and secondary cities. 20% of the total fee is due to the Pocock Foundation in accordance with the following timeline: July 1, 2016; September 1, 2016; November 1, 2016; February 1, 2017; and April 1, 2017
  • Provide proof of General Liability Insurance with Up2Us listed as the certificate holder.
  • Allow coaches to attend all required Up2Us Sports and Pocock Foundation in-person trainings and opportunities, including Up2Us National Training Institute. CAA coaches and their direct supervisors must attend The Institute, September 16-20 in L.A., California. This all-expenses paid training in sports-based youth development prepares coaches to promote physical activity, healthy living, and good decision making, while cultivating caring, trust-based relationships with the youth they serve.
  • Provide coaches with access to a computer to perform administrative duties.
  • Be a drug-free workplace.

More Details About Why CAA Works

  • Up2Us National Training Institute in Los Angeles, September 2016: CAA coaches and their direct supervisors will attend an all-expenses paid training in sports-based youth development in Los Angeles, California. CAA coaches undergo an additional 40 hours of training in youth development and mentoring strategies focused on a trauma-sensitive approach to coaching. CAA training prepares coaches to promote physical activity, healthy living, and good decision making, while cultivating caring, trust-based relationships with the youth they serve. 
  • Back Office Support: Up2Us Sports provides CAA program administration and support, which includes managing coach pay and supporting data collection for your program.
  • Site Visits: Up2Us Sports conducts bi-annual site visits to ensure quality programming is being implemented.
  • Background Checks: Each coach must pass strict state and national background checks. Up2Us Sports manages the compliance requirements to ensure your coach is cleared to work with youth.
  • Program Impact Reports: The Up2Us Sports Monitoring & Evaluation team provides data analysis and a custom report summarizing program specific results and comparison to other programs nationally.
  • Increased Capacity: On average each CAA coach serves 125 youth. This can help you expand your program and result in increased capacity for your organization.
  • Enhanced Network: Up2Us Sports brings together organizations around the country that are focused on sports based youth development. By joining the Up2Us Sports network you’ll have access to a library of best practices, a free job board, and local events.


Where is the spiritual value of rowing? … The losing of self entirely to the cooperative effort of the crew as a whole.George Pocock


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