Free Arts and Athletics for Kids with Chronic Illness (Youth Program)
Over 1 million children in California suffer from a chronic condition. Kids 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.
Since 2001, CoachArt has supported families impacted by childhood chronic illness by offering free and high-quality lessons in arts and athletics.
What is CoachArt? Free Arts and Athletics Lessons for Kids with Chronic Illness (and Their Siblings)
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 is a nonprofit organization that matches volunteer coaches with kids impacted by chronic illness for one-on-one or group lessons in the arts and athletics that kids want to learn. CoachArt knows that childhood chronic illness affects the whole family – for that reason, siblings of children with chronic illness are welcome to participate in CoachArt programs.
Some of our most popular lessons include but are not limited to: cooking, baking, piano, guitar, singing, arts and crafts, painting, media arts, soccer, baseball, basketball, tennis, yoga, and volleyball.
Who are CoachArt volunteers? Coaches are volunteers committed to bringing joy to children & teens impacted by chronic illness. All CoachArt coaches have completed an orientation and a background check.
What to Expect?
In-Home Lessons: In-home lessons are at the core of our service model. A student is matched to a volunteer coach for 8 weeks of personalized, in-home lessons. Lessons are 1 hour per week over the course of 8 weeks and scheduled to fit the needs of the family and the volunteer. At the end of the 8 weeks, students can choose to continue lessons, or sign up to learn a new art or athletic skill.
CoachArt Clubs and Group Lessons: Groups of up to 20 students participate in weekly, adapted sports and arts activities led by a team of coaches. CoachArt clubs give kids a safe space to learn and improve a skill with a community of peers who understand and support them.
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. 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.
SIGNING YOUR CHILD UP FOR COACHART: 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.