Anna  Zhang
Administration/Client Relations Manager

National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Level 1

“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”

My name is Anna Zhang. I started at MJKO in 2014 as a participant and then a youth coach. 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 also completed the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Making Ethical Decisions, Nutrition, Planning and Practice courses.

In 2015, I completed the George Brown College training, which I am a Toronto Foundation Playing for Keeps Community Leader. I worked as a MJKO’s Playing for Keeps Volunteer Coordinator and helped new volunteers with community engagement and events. Under my leadership MJKO Playing for Keeps Community Leaders have delivered 35 Neighbourhood Games in 2016.

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. Fall of 2016, I was chosen by Motivate Canada to attend their Youth Activate conference where youth leaders met to find creative ways to motivate other youth across Ontario.

In the past, I have worked as a youth coach during MJKO’s afterschool programs and volunteered on Saturdays assisting with many different activities at the Champion Centre on a weekly basis. I helped 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 got the chance to work with local youth, ran a boxing program for kids without access. I had the opportunity to train with the Cuban National team in Havana, being one of three girls amongst 60 men. As a youth coach and athlete, the learning never stops. Traveling with MJKO abroad was a life changing, unforgettable experience.

In 2017, I left MJKO to focus on my University studies. I have now graduated with my undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Studies and Bachelor of Education. I am currently working behind the scenes in helping MJKO with the booking of youth coaches, mailing of t-shirts, conducting participant interviews, collecting contents, and communicating with the youth and their families.

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