Meet Playworks Junior Coach, Joseph Jobe

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Our Playworks staff sat down with Junior Coach Joseph Jobe on Albert Story school’s playground to learn more about his leadership skills and how they’ve transformed him and his playground through participation in the Playworks Junior Coach Leadership Program.

Name: Joseph Jobe

Age: 9

School: Albert Story

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite recess game: Zombie Tag

Hobbies: Helping people and teaching my brother and sisters how to play games

Future goals: “When I grow up, I want to be a police officer because if people are in trouble, they need to learn how to help people instead.”

What motivated you to become a Junior Coach?: I wanted to help people play games.

What is your favorite thing about being a Junior Coach?: I get to show the little kids how to play games right. I love to play basketball, soccer, switch, and zombie tag.

What have you learned about yourself since becoming a Junior Coach?: That I really like to help other people when they need help.

How has Playworks made a difference at your school?: Now we have games set up for kids to play so when we come out to recess we only play the games that are set up. They are good games too because they are fun. Instead of bullying and fighting, we just play.

Why do you think Playworks is important?: Before Playworks, people did bullying but now Coach Maddy has more games and stuff for us to do so school is more fun.

What do you like most about your coach?: Coach Maddy helps people play games and teaches me how to work with people.

What advice would you give to a younger student who wants to become a Junior Coach?: You can help others if you want to. You have to learn how to do cheers and know how to play a lot of games.

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