Coach Kaitlynn Makes Excellent Happen

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Coach Kaitlynn is a first-year Jesuit Volunteer Corps Program Coordinator at Manning Elementary School in Jamaica Plain. This year, Coach Kaitlynn has helped build a positive, fun, and supportive school environment at Manning. Self-driven and patient, Coach Kaitlynn has established great relationships with all students and school administrators. Coach Kaitlynn is an important part of the school, ensuring that all students feel safe, healthy, and included.

During the month of November, Coach Kaitlynn created a Junior Coach Assistant Program involving the younger students at her school. She realized that the younger students were interested in taking on leadership roles and responsibilities. Therefore, Coach Kaitlynn created the Junior Coach Assistant Program. The younger students help out during recess by distributing equipment, resolving conflicts, and helping classmates transition back into the classroom. The students involved in the Junior Coach Assistant Program have flourished into leaders — both in and outside of the classroom.

Coach Kaitlynn continues to make excellent happen through her creative and innovative class game time lesson plans. Additionally, Kaitlynn is an incredible Jesuit Volunteer Corps member who achieves all of her commitments with a smile on her face. With her incredible personality and positive attitude, we are confident that Coach Kaitlynn will continue to make excellent happen throughout Massachusetts.

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November 29, 2022

Welcome back to the Joy Series ›

As we enter the last month of the year, we are thrilled to bring back the Joy Series. After a year full of transitions, growth, and exciting new changes for us, we’re looking forward to spending the next five weeks focused on joy. Here’s how you can follow along with the Joy Series:    …

November 16, 2022

Meet Renee, our new Executive Director! ›

Born and raised in Watertown, Massachusetts, Renee Gaudette has worked for youth development organizations in New England since graduating college and now joins us as New England’s new Executive Director. Her favorite recess game is 4-square (“I get really competitive… I can’t help it,” she admits), and she has a dog named California Sunshine Epps…

November 15, 2022

Building skills through play: developing youth leaders on the playground ›

What does youth empowerment look like at recess and why is it important? Every kid deserves the opportunity to shine. The playground is the perfect place to empower students and build their confidence by giving them opportunities to lead, whether it be with their own classmates or students in younger grades. Play is such a…