Help youth achieve their dreams! At Teens Run DC, you will coach students in our running and life skills mentorship program. Great opportunity to make a big impact and play a key role in a growing nonprofit.

Program/Organizational Description

As service corps coach at Teens Run DC, you will improve the wellbeing of underserved youth by facilitating our physical activity and life skills program at a school or community site in Washington, DC. You will help middle/high school students set and achieve running and life goals. You will lead students in physical activity and teach valuable lessons about goal setting, reflection, self-awareness, and mindfulness.

Teens Run DC offers in-school and afterschool programming four days a week. On Saturdays, TRDC’s community meets for a running practice. During the year, TRDC participates in and organizes races and community events, including the TRDC Mentoring Matters 5K. 

TRDC’s in-school programming includes lunch clubs and elective classes where coaches lead 10-25 students in group exercise and games and teach life skills lessons. Afterschool programming includes run/walk clubs where coaches train groups of 15 students for races and fun runs. TRDC also leads wellness committees and organizes fitness events at each school. Coaches receive the support of a welcoming and energetic team including the Enrichment Program Manager, school staff, and other TRDC coaches and staff.

This is a great opportunity for someone who enjoys taking leadership and initiative in order to accomplish big things. No extensive running experience is required although regular participation in and enjoyment of physical activity will be helpful! The position is ideal for someone who likes leading groups and facilitating lessons, is outgoing and motivational, is committed to social justice and community service, is interested in youth development, is organized, and has excellent interpersonal and communications skills. Experience in youth development, organizing programs and events, and working with diverse populations is desired.

The recipient of the 2016 National Service “Spirit” Award from the Mayor of the District of Columbia, TRDC values community service, commitment, respect, and encouragement. Coaches serve for one full year term.

Member Duties

At Teens Run DC, you will help youth achieve their dreams by facilitating physical activity and life skills programming. Two days per week, you will plan and lead afterschool run clubs and in-school lunch clubs and elective classes. You will help students set running and life goals and will help them achieve those goals. You will teach valuable life skills lessons. On Fridays, coaches meet at the TRDC office for trainings and program activities. Additionally, you will form a school wellness committee and work with the committee and students to organize two fitness events, such as a fun run or team building challenge. You will participate in TRDC races and attend Saturday practices with your students once a month. You will initiate and build relationships with school staff and families. Finally, coaches perform duties related to enrollment forms, attendance, incentives, race registration, and evaluation. Through this service, you will make an important impact on the lives of youth.


  • An understanding of, or strong desire to learn, youth development concepts
  • Ability to actively engage and inspire youth, families and community members
  • Ability to act as a support for youth, families, and colleagues
  • Ability to initiate and sustain collaborative relationships with other organizations
  • Respect for diversity and differences among youth, families, and communities
  • Ability to plan and implement programming and events consistent with the needs of youth
  • Ability to motivate and manage groups of 10 to 25 students
  • Ability to run programming in outdoor weather conditions throughout the year
  • Ability to transport up to 20 pounds of gear and materials to practices, races, and event
  • Citizen or lawful permanent resident of United States
  • High School Degree or GED
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Members must undergo a National Sex Offender Public Registry Check, FBI Criminal History Check, State Criminal Background Check, District of Columbia Public Schools Volunteer Background Check, and other background checks as required by funders

Program Benefits

  • Living allowance of $7,770
  • Members are eligible to receive an Eli Segal Educational Award of $2,865 upon successful completion of all program requirements. It can be used to pay for attendance at a qualified higher education institution and to repay qualified student loans for a period of up to seven years after the completion of service. The award is taxable income in the year it is used. Please see and for additional information.
  • Members are eligible for forbearance and interest accrual payment for most federally-backed student loans. For other student loans, members should ask their loan holder if they qualify for deferment or forbearance.
  • Transportation benefit to help cover daily transportation costs.

Term of Service, Hours Requirement, and Start Date

Over the course of a 12 month period, members will complete 900 hours of service.

How to Apply

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to with the subject line “Coach”.

Teens Run DC is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against a member on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, nor political affiliation.