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3906 38th AveMolineMoline, IL 61265
This program leader is leading the program LMNOP(Language, Music N' Our Peeps) which works on communication, sign language, and adding music to everyday life for individuals with Down syndrome.


The Program Leader is the key Volunteer overseeing their assigned program planning and execution. Programs meet on a consistent schedule, set by the local Playhouse Program Committee, either meeting on a weekly or monthly basis. The Program Leader works collaboratively with the Program Coordinator and Site Coordinator to provide a high quality, outcome-driven programs according to the program models developed by GiGi’s Playhouse. This volunteer position requires a commitment of 1.5-6 hours per month, depending on the length and frequency of the assigned program, and includes the following responsibilities:

* Serves as the lead volunteer at the assigned program, responsible for planning purposeful, goal-oriented activities for each session which fills the allotted program time, as well as additional activities to promote skill-development (back up plan)

* Prepares the program space/ environment for program activities, including making sure age-appropriate (high energy) music is playing at all times, the Playhouse is presentable and organized, creates an atmosphere of celebration and acceptance, refreshments provided as needed

* Ensures program activities motivate participants and families to reach high expectations and give their "best of all", track participant "best of all" from week to week/ month to month

* Ensures each program session has a structured beginning and ending activity

* Facilitates program activities between the parent and child to promote parent education, encourages skills practice at home and between program sessions

* Welcomes new families, congratulates the family on their new baby and carries out the process for working with new families before/after the program or delegates a trained volunteer to do so

* Greets families, fully engages each program participant/ family in the program activities

* Ensures each participant and volunteer signs in every time they enter the Playhouse, and explain the importance of sign in to families, volunteers and visitors

* Acts as a resource for families, answers questions regarding program activities, GiGi’s Playhouse, and the Program Leader’s area of expertise/ therapeutic specialty to collaborate in guiding participants meet their "best of all".

* Delegate responsibilities to assisting volunteers, such as taking pictures, monitoring sign in, set up of program supplies and refreshments, clean up, etc.

* Recognizes assisting Volunteers (verbally) for their work and commitment to the GiGi’s Playhouse families, gives suggestions/ feedback to Volunteers on their performance as appropriate

* Completes the Program Leader Checklist at the end of each program

* Completes the Program Report (Form F) at the end of each program to document program activities, participation and any challenges/ successes which may have presented.

* Attends and participates in Annual Program Leader Trainings

* Responds to program phone calls, emails and inquiries in a timely and professional manner

* Communicates with Site Coordinator and Program Committee to ensure successful program delivery

Experience/ Qualifications:

The Program Leader role is a "hands on", active role and requires a Volunteer with the following skill set:

* Education and work experience in the specific therapeutic techniques or educational themes of the assigned program (ie. "Crawlers" program is led by a physical therapist, handwriting program led by an occupational therapist, etc.)

* Excellent communication skills, positivity and enthusiasm for GiGi’s Playhouse


  • Special Needs
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Physical Therapy
  • General Education

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 - 6 hours per month
  • Volunteer Orientation

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