Community Coach Application

Community Coaches are volunteers who serve as extensions of staff LifeCoaches to help youth develop new strengths and life skills. Relationships with Community Coaches are designed to grow and enhance the youth’s circle of influence, increase their social capital and network, and model healthy relationships.

As a Community Coach, you’re not adding one more “thing” to what may already be a hectic schedule. Rather, you’re adding someone to do life and family with by inviting them into the routine you and your family already have in place.

Join us for our next open training by filling out the form below!

Community Coaches are volunteers who serve as extensions of staff LifeCoaches to help youth develop new strengths and life skills. Relationships with Community Coaches are designed to grow and enhance the youth’s circle of influence, increase their social capital and network, and model healthy relationships.

As a Community Coach, you’re not adding one more “thing” to what may already be a hectic schedule. Rather, you’re adding someone to do life and family with by inviting them into the routine you and your family already have in place.

Join us for our next open training by filling out the form below!

Community Coach Role:
  • Develop trust as you build an ongoing, one-to-one relationship with the youth
  • Strive for mutual respect and maintain healthy boundaries
  • Serve as a positive role model and an extension of family
  • Offer a stable relationship that is consistent and supportive
  • Build self-esteem and motivation
  • Be a safe person and listen with your whole person
  • Grow the relationship by participating in activities and doing life together
  • Be future-focused and offer a positive perspective within current reality
  • Share your strengths, feelings, and time
  • Have conversations that are filled with more questions than advice
Community Coach Responsibilities:
  • Commit to a relationship with the youth for at least one year
  • Fully complete the application and interview process
  • Attend the I Pour Life Community Coach training
  • Meet with the youth face-to-face on a bi-weekly basis
  • Check in with the youth weekly (via text, email, phone call, social media, etc.)
  • Attend all monthly LifeStrengths Family Dinners (two hours, once a month)
  • Complete all Tracking Sheets and submit them bi-weekly to the LifeStrengths Youth Liaison
  • Focus attention on what the youth’s LifeCoach has outlined for them individually
  • Participate in as many I Pour Life activities the youth is interested in as possible
  • Attend all ceremonies (such as graduations) that celebrate the youth
  • Maintain constant and thorough communication with the LifeStrengths Youth Liaison
  • Abide by I Pour Life’s “Anyone Can Thrive” culture and family DNA
Community Coach Eligibility Requirements:
  • Must be at least 22 years old
  • Must reside in the Springfield (or Greater Springfield) area
  • Have an interest in working with the demographic of I Pour Life’s youth
  • Attend a face-to-face interview session
  • Pass background check and Child Abuse and Neglect check*
  • *Community Coach is responsible for all fees associated with any background checks
  • Satisfactory employment and personal reference checks
  • No illicit drug use
  • No consumption of alcohol in front of the youth
  • Cannot currently be in treatment for substance abuse and must have a non-addictive period of at least two years
  • Cannot currently be in treatment for a mental disorder or have been hospitalized for such in the past two years
Application and Screening Process:
  1. A written application with three personal references
  2. Personal interview
  3. Attend all Family Dinners
  4. Attend two hour Community Coach training class
Frequently Asked Questions:

When can I see my youth?
As a Community Coach, you decide with your youth what times and meeting places work best for both your schedules. We require that you see your youth face-to-face on a bi-weekly basis, as well as a weekly check-in via text, phone call or social media. However, if there are no restrictions on the maximum amount of times you can see or interact with your youth.

How much money should I spend on my youth?
We believe the quality of time a Community Coach invests in their youth is much more important that the amount of money they spend. That’s why we generally don’t encourage that you spend much money on outings or meetings with your youth. However, we understand that there will be times when you want to meet for coffee, lunch, or want to do something together that costs a little. Any incidentals under $25 ok to spend without prior approval, but if you would like to spend more than that on your youth, you must first get permission from the LifeStrengths Youth Liaison who will communicate with the youth’s LifeCoach to ensure that what you’re purchasing for the youth reinforces the lessons they’re learning through LifeStrengths. Also, as a Community Coach, you’ll receive emails from us about free community events and discounted tickets you can take advantage of with your youth so you don’t have to feel limited by finances!

Can I bring my spouse, a friend, or a family member when meeting my youth?
In the beginning, it’s most important for you and your youth to get to know each other, and this usually happens best on a one-on-one basis. However, over time it’s also valuable for the youth to get to know the people who are important to you. Just keep in mind that if you’re spending lots of time with others, your youth may begin to feel jealous or neglected. Many of the youth in LifeStrengths have never had a constant person they can go to, especially someone they feel they don’t have to share with others.

What kind of support can I expect from I Pour Life once I get matched?
We are here to fully support the relationship you’re building with your youth! That’s why we have someone on staff who is directly responsible for developing and facilitating relationships with Community Coaches. The LifeStrengths Youth Liaison will be working with you from the very beginning when you submit your application, all the way through to the completion of your one-year term with a youth. The Liaison will also be in regular contact with you to provide assistance, answer any questions, and be the bridge of communication between you and your youth’s LifeCoach. If a problem ever arises between you and your youth, the Youth Liaison is 100% available to you to help troubleshoot issues, provide support and accountability, and pull in the youth’s LifeCoach or other support staff to ensure that both you and your youth feel confident moving forward in your relationship.

Will I become a replacement LifeCoach for my youth?
No, your youth has a dedicated I Pour Life staff LifeCoach that is a part of their life for the entirety of the 12-month LifeStrengths program. The goal of a Community Coach isn’t to be directive, but to spend quality one-on-one time with a youth, developing a partnership of mutual learning and trust that increases their social capital. The youth’s LifeCoach will continue to be a vital asset to their life, but we firmly believe the more people that are loving on the youth of our community, the more they will thrive!

Can I be a Community Coach to multiple youth at one time?
No, Community Coaches are only able to coach one youth at a time. Many of our youth have always had to share the staff or people who care for them in foster care placements or living arrangements. The youth even have to share their LifeCoach with other participants. At times, the youth may become jealous or act out because they are having to share the people who are most important to them with so many others. Because of this, we want to show the youth that they are important and worthy of having a consistent person in their life that they don’t have to compete for attention with. However, once a one-year Community Coach term is complete, we highly encourage Community Coaches to commit to another term with another youth in LifeStrengths.

Can I take my youth to religious or political events with me?
You are welcome to invite your youth to attend religious or political events with you, but it must always be presented as an invitation, not a requirement of the time you spend together. While we encourage our youth to discover what they believe, we allow them to do this on their own terms and time.

 

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