Youth Coach/Playing for Keeps Volunteer Coordinator
My name is Anna Zhang. I started at MJKO in 2014 as a participant and I am now a youth coach. I have received my Level One Boxing Coaching Certification through the Provincial Sport Body, (PSO) Boxing Ontario during the fall of 2015. I have been trained by the Coaches Association of Ontario in FUNdamental Movements Skills and Making Headway in Sport (concussion training). I have my basic first aid and CPR C training. I have also completed the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Making Ethical Decisions, Nutrition, Planning and Practice courses.
I am a Toronto Foundation Playing for Keeps Community Leader. I completed the 2015 George Brown College training and now work part time (10 hours) per week as the MJKO Playing for Keeps Volunteer Coordinator. I help new volunteers with community engagement and events. Under my leadership MJKO Playing for Keeps Community Leaders will deliver 35 Neighbourhood Games in 2016.
In the summer of 2015, I was trained by Motivate Canada in Physical Literacy. I then went on to host a girl’s only boxing program at Scadding Court Community Centre. In fall of 2016, I was chosen by Motivate Canada to attend their Youth Activate conference where youth leaders meet to find creative ways to motivate other youth across Ontario.
On top of working as a youth coach at MJKO’s afterschool programs, I volunteer every Saturday assisting with many different activities as well as at the Champion Centre on a weekly basis. I help with sending out emails, tracking attendance and supporting the group in any way that I can.
I am very grateful to have been selected as one of the five youth coaches who traveled to Cuba with MJKO’s initiative “Youth Coaches for Cuba” in 2016. I had a chance to work with local youth and train with the Cuban National team in Havana. As a youth coach and athlete, the learning never stops. Traveling with MJKO abroad was a life changing, unforgettable experience.
I love working with MJKO because the program truly makes a difference in people’s lives. It helps people in the community get involved, stay active, exercise and eat healthy. It definitely brings the community a lot closer. I have made friendships that I hope will last a lifetime. MJKO is a great environment to be in and I enjoy coming back week after week to help out.