CoachArt Los Angeles: Meet Senior Program Manager, Erick Rodriguez
Staff Spotlight: Meet Erick, your CoachArt Los Angeles Senior Program Manager!
Erick creates and manages all of CoachArt’s Los Angeles group program opportunities, such as clubs and one-day group lessons, in collaboration with volunteers, partner organizations, and other staff. Erick also oversees the Junior Volunteer Program, which provides high school students with the opportunity to volunteer with CoachArt. Additionally, he manages CoachArt’s relations with Los Angeles program partners and hospital support groups. Erick is a bilingual native Angeleno, experienced youth mentor, guide, and instructor with a commitment to supporting young people within and beyond the classroom setting. Erick attended California State University Dominguez Hills, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with an emphasis on social inequalities and helping professions.
Being artistically inclined, Erick is always excited to share his passion for art with CoachArt students and has facilitated several arts-related programs. Within the five years that Erick has been with CoachArt, he has created over 2,000 program hours through his direct facilitation and has garnered a loyal participant base for his seasonal paint clubs (check out our most recent Summer Paint Club artwork here). Other popular activities Erick has facilitated include the Geometric Fashion Club and the Dia de Los Muertos Art Club, as well as his famous annual Pokemon Art Clubs.
“One of the many things I love about working at CoachArt is that I can combine my passions with my work and share it with our community,” Erick said.
When he is not planning art projects, scrubbing paint off his hands, or dressing up as Santa for CoachArt’s annual Winter Holiday Parties, Erick can be found in the wilderness hiking and earning his steps. As an avid trekking enthusiast, Erick has hiked several peaks within SoCal and even ventured through the Trans-Catalina Trail. His interest in trekking and camping comes from his experience working as a camp counselor for four consecutive summers in New England with the nonprofit Crossroads. At Crossroads, Erick provided lesson plan implementation in summer camps as a leadership counselor and a trekking guide for students seeking to become socially responsible community leaders. He has led several teams of teenagers on eight-day treks through the Appalachian Trail in Maine, the White Mountains in New Hampshire, and Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming to teach them life skills and help them unlock their leadership potentials.
More recently, Erick has also been heavily involved with CoachArt’s virtual programming, offering guided painting lessons on Facebook Live and facilitating virtual summer camp workshops in new cities across the nation. As the organization expands to new regions, Erick is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue shaping CoachArt programs.
Facebook Live Guided Painting Lesson with Coach Erick
MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR FAMILIES IMPACTED BY CHILDHOOD CHRONIC ILLNESS
Since 2001, CoachArt has matched volunteer coaches with students for one-on-one or group lessons in arts and athletics. Our vision is that one day every family impacted by chronic illness will be connected to a community of support and an opportunity to learn and grow together.
CoachArt offers free art and athletic lessons to chronically ill children and their siblings between the ages of 5-18 in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and San Diego. If your child has been diagnosed with a chronic condition, we invite you to fill out a student eligibility form or get in touch to learn if CoachArt is right for your child.
WAYS TO HELP
Do you have an artistic or athletic skill you would like to share with a child impacted by chronic illness? Become a CoachArt Volunteer.