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Coach Across America RFP

 

Coach Across America (CAA) 2015-2016 Request for Proposals (RFP)

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TYPES OF FUNDING AVAILABLE

CAA is funded through federal grants as well as multiple corporations and foundations interested in promoting youth development through sport.   Therefore, CAA has two streams of funding through which Up2Us members can apply for coaches:

1.  AmeriCorps (Federal agency sponsored program) and

2. Private Corps (corporation and foundation sponsored program). 

All applicants must meet the criteria of the particular CAA program(s) to which the organization applies. Applicants may apply to one or both of CAA’s programs using this single application. 

 

AmeriCorps Program:  The CAA AmeriCorps program is funded by Volunteer Louisiana, State Affiliate of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

·     Coaches who serve in AmeriCorps earn the distinction of joining this country’s national service program.

·        Coaches serve rural and urban communities.

·        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 can serve in the following slot types:

o   Half-Time: 900 hours

 

·         Coaches provide direct service to youth, as well as, perform other program related responsibilities for the host site organization.

·         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 upon successfully completing their term of service. The AmeriCorps Segal Education Award is carefully regulated by the government to help pay educational expenses or forgive student loans.

*Please note: The 2015-2016 AmeriCorps coach awards are contingent upon Up2Us receiving AmeriCorps funding and cannot be guaranteed. 

 

 

Private Corps Program: The CAA Private Corps program is funded by corporations and foundations. 

·         Coaches serve urban communities only.

·         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 can serve in the following slot types:

o   Half-Time: 900 hours

o   Quarter-Time: 450 hours

 

·         Coaches receive an End of Service Term Award upon successfully completing their term of service. The award is not regulated by the government.  Up2Us encourages Private Corps Coaches to spend the completion stipend towards educational purposes. 

·         Coaches provide direct service to youth as well as perform other program related responsibilities for the host site organization.

 

To help further determine your suitability for funding in each of these program areas (AmeriCorps and/or Private Corps), we have attached our CAA Program Chart for your use.  Please refer to the CAA Program Chart throughout the application as the document provides further information about coach eligibility and CAA service term requirements.


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CAA Programs CHART.pdf

 



 

Host Site Eligibility Requirements

   

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

      Be a member of Up2Us and serve youth in low-income or underserved communities

      Provide experiences in which coaches will learn valuable work related skills and develop an appreciation for civic engagement

      Use coach(es) to increase the number 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 the ideal program would include at least 25 total hours of time with the same youth (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 2015-2016 MOU

      Complete CAA monitoring and evaluation (M&E) requirements (M&E trainings, PACER fitness tests, youth surveys, roster and attendance info, coach surveys, reflection logs, and host site supervisor surveys according to timeline outlined by Up2Us Center).

      Provide a Host Site Participation Fee to support program costs

      Provide proof of General Liability Insurance

      Allow coaches to attend all required Up2Us in-person trainings and opportunities

      Provide coaches with access to a computer to perform administrative duties 

      Be a drug-free workplace

 


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