CoachArt Student Spotlight: How Coding Lessons Helped David Thrive
Meet David! A 13-year-old CoachArt Student, David was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder that required on-going care. When David’s condition made it difficult to participate in activities with other kids, his parents enrolled him in CoachArt.
Watch David’s Story
CoachArt gives kids with by chronic illnesses (and their siblings) a safe space to learn new arts and athletics skills with one-on-one instruction from volunteer coaches. At the time of this video, David was waiting to be matched with a volunteer coach to learn a skill he was passionate about – coding! Since then, he has been taking coding lessons with CoachArt, and he is determined to keep learning. According to David, “It might just be my dream job! It might be something I want to pursue later in life!”
How Do In Home Lessons Benefit CoachArt Students and Families?
Children living with chronic illness may feel isolated because of their condition. Frequent hospital visits and deficient immune systems often cause them to miss time in school and recreational activities. Families, overwhelmed by the cost and demands of ongoing medical care, often lack the resources to seek out or afford extracurricular activities. Healthy siblings are affected too when family resources are focused on a chronically ill child. CoachArt supports these families by offering free recreational lessons that bring a sense of normalcy back into their lives. CoachArt helps kids think of themselves as more than patients, but as artists and athletes!
Some of our most popular lessons include but are not limited to: cooking, baking, piano, guitar, singing, arts and crafts, painting, soccer, baseball, basketball, tennis, yoga, and volleyball.
Is My Child Eligible for CoachArt?
Eligible students have chronic, physical conditions that require ongoing treatment and are between the ages of 5 and 18. CoachArt currently serves families in the Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco Bay areas. Common diagnoses of children we serve include but are not limited to: cancer, blood disorders, asthma, craniofacial issues, cerebral palsy, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, cystic fibrosis, heart disease, and diabetes. If you have questions about student eligibility, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Becoming a CoachArt Student: How it Works
Signing a child up for CoachArt is a simple 3-step process.
Step 1: Fill Out a Student Eligibility Form – This process will take about 30 minutes to complete and will require that you send your child’s doctor a Medical Consent form.
Step 2: Complete a Welcome Call with your Regional Program Manager – Your welcome call will answer any questions that you may have about CoachArt and participating in CoachArt In Home Lessons and Group Activities.
Step 3: Ready to Participate – Your child is now ready to be matched to a volunteer coach. When we find your child the perfect coach, you’ll receive a match request via text message. Your child’s CoachArt coach will work with you to figure out a schedule that works for everyone.
If your child has been diagnosed with a chronic condition, and you live in one of our service areas – Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, or San Diego – we invite you to fill out a student eligibility form for your child.
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.
Learn how you can get involved with CoachArt to help kids impacted by chronic illness. Visit coachart.org/get-involved.
By choosing to donate to CoachArt, you are taking an active role in improving the quality of life for children with chronic illness. Your gift today is guaranteed to bring joy to a child’s life.