This year more than 200 fourth and fifth graders across Philadelphia participated in Playworks' Junior Coach program.
Our Junior Coaches train four days a week after school on topics such as conflict resolution, leading recess games, and public speaking. They receive homework help and participate in literacy projects and social/cognitive skills building. Junior Coaches play a leadership role in creating a safe and inclusive recess and learning environment in their schools. They practice their leadership skills first hand on the playground with their peers in K-3rd grade every week.
Our program ends with a celebratory and educational Junior Coach Leadership Conference at the end of the school year. This year's conference was held at Temple University in Philadelphia, with a keynote by Temple University's Head Football Coach Matt Rhule.
Through participating in the Junior Coach program, students develop the academic, social, and leadership skills needed to stay on a pathway to life-long success.