Our Playworks staff sat down with Junior Coach Kaylei on the Fratney School playground to learn more about how the skills that she's developed through Playworks Junior Coach Leadership Program have transformed both her and the playground.
School: La Escuela Fratney
Favorite Subject: Art
Favorite Recess game: Kickball and four-square
Hobbies: Reading novels
Future Goals: “When I grow up I want to be a veterinarian and an artist.”
What motivated you to become a Junior Coach?
I became a Junior Coach because I wanted to help the little kids have more fun at school.
What is your favorite thing about being a Junior Coach?
I get to help people and go outside during the school day. Our weekly meetings are a lot of fun because I get to spend time with people I don’t usually talk to very much.
What have you learned about yourself since becoming a Junior Coach?
I have learned that I can be a lot louder than I think I am! I used to be shy and now I talk to people more. I gained confidence by learning how to use my “coach voice” when teaching games. I have also started teaching Playworks games to my family at home.
From your perspective, how have you seen Junior Coaches change the playground?
When kids are just walking and talking at recess, Junior Coaches go get those kids and invite them to play games. We play with them and they have more fun at recess because there is something for everyone to play.
What advice would you give to a younger student who wants to become a Junior Coach?
You have to help others, speak loudly, and know how to play the games before you try to teach them. That is important because you do not want to be confusing!
Why do you think Playworks is important?
Playworks makes school more fun. We learn lots of new games and teach the games to younger students.
What do you like most about your Coach?
Coach Eric is awesome at everything.