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Care Coaches Training Program

As we develop more ultimate opportunities in diverse communities, it is necessary that our coaches are given the tools and training to be successful. This means that they need to develop the skills necessary to not only coach ultimate, but also build intercultural relationships that honor and draw from youth’s backgrounds.

We are providing a two-part series (each session is 2.5 hours) for future coaches to develop these skills.

Because this training is so interactive, we are limiting the group to 20 coaches, so sign up as soon as you can!

Attendees will receive 5 USAU continuing education credits. Continuing ed for certified coaches is a new USAU requirement.

Training facilitator: Dr. Hannah Matthys


In the first session of the training, participants will use the Blind Side to examine common sympathy traps that even well-meaning coaches can fall into. By examining the way that privilege plays out in our interactions with youth, we will explore biases perpetuated in the media and our own lives.

* Pre-work for the first session is to watch “The Blind Side”, which may be streamed on HBO Max or rented for $3.99 on various platforms. It’s also been suggested to read or listen to “The Blind Side” by Michael Lewis.


In the second session , participants will examine their own cultural values and how those impact their coaching. They will use the Culturally Responsive Education framework as a foundation for their own coaching.

This training developed by Dr. Hannah Matthys.

Hannah leads Equity Diversity and Inclusion for the State, in the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. She also trains and consults with local organizations in her business, Be Brave Diversity.


Because working in these communities is a long-term commitment (not just a “voluntourism” opportunity to check off your good deed for the year), we want to make sure that coaches are ready to commit. We also want to pay coaches for their work. To do so, here is the process to become a CARE Certified Coach.

  • For Colorado Coaches or Leaders: You will be refunded your $50 payment once you: – attend both sessions – submit the Final Reflection after coaching or leading a group (note: if the payment or the cost of the movie is an issue, please email AYU’s Operations Manager, Mike Richard)
    • NOTE: The payment is to ensure attendance at both workshops – you must attend both sessions and submit the Final Reflection form to receive the refund.
    • We want to influence Colorado’s Culture! Because of this, we will refund Colorado Coaches or leaders Once you finish both sessions and turn in your final reflection form you will be a certified CARE Coach.
  • CARE Coaches get paid for coaching at local AYU Events. Payment depends on the program- but CARE Coaches are given priority on coaching opportunities. CARE Coaching will also go towards COLORADO Volunteer Connect.
Time commitment would be:
2-3 hours: Watch Blind Side and do the pre-work form before the first session
5 hours: Participants are asked to attend both 2.5 hour sessions
5-10 minutes: Submit Program Feedback survey.
1-3 hours: Review your team or a coaching session and fill out the Final Reflection form.