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KEEN Chicago Virtual Program Coordinator Intern -recreation for people with disabilities

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KEEN Chicago (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now)

KEEN Chicago
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About KEEN Chicago: Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) Chicago mobilizes a vision of an inclusive future; one with intentional community spaces that uplift youth with disabilities ages 5-21. KEEN’s mission statement is to empower youth with disabilities by providing free, non-competitive, and unstructured one-to-one (1:1) programs of exercise, fitness and fun led by volunteer coaches. KEEN Chicago’s core in-person programming consists of sports, swim, trampoline, and dance sessions at the following locations: Loyola Park, UIC’s West Campus, Sky High Niles, and Intrigue Dance and Performing Arts Center in Chinatown. During the current crisis, we have adapted to connect online for regular athlete programming.

Position Responsibilities: The Program Coordinator intern will work with a dynamic group of volunteers and families to create and maintain our online programming for young people with disabilities. The Program Coordinator intern will identify with specific elements of our online programming and work with the Executive Director in determining exact position responsibilities based upon the student’s interest and KEEN’s needs.

For more information or to apply for an internship, please email KEEN Chicago Executive Director, Laura Fillenwarth, at LFillenwarth@keenchicago.org. To apply please send a resume and cover letter.

Specific Tasks

  • Work closely with volunteers to maintain highest standards of safety and fun during KEEN events
  • Direct program activities including volunteer recruitment, orientation, training, and recognition
  • Outreach to local organizations and parent groups to grow youth athlete participation
  • Assist in building partnerships in the community that enhance KEEN’s mission
  • Maintain attendance for athletes and coaches during sessions
  • Facilitate activities within online programs
  • Aid in planning awareness and/or fundraising events for the organization
  • Other projects as assigned

Locations: Due to COVID-19, this internship opportunity is virtual. Our program meets on ZOOM and Facebook Live.

Program Days & Hours:

We are currently finalizing our fall schedule. Our main program will take place weekly on Sundays at 3:30pm. We will have additional pop up programs throughout the month in areas of topical interest such as yoga, dance, and music. The schedule will be updated on the schedule page of our website when it is finalized.

A KEEN internship is somewhat flexible in terms of the scheduling and time commitment, but an intern should expect to spend around 5 (or more, if desired) hours weekly working on tasks that will strengthen our programming.

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About KEEN Chicago (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now)


P.O. Box 06255, Chicago, IL 60606, US

Mission Statement

KEEN's mission is to provide a range of age appropriate, one-to-one recreational activities for children and young adults with disabilities in a non-competitive environment that encourages the fulfillment of individual goals. KEEN seeks to develop each athlete's self-esteem and confidence, as well as recreational skills and talents, and to increase each athlete's ability to participate in a broader range of recreational activities and environments.



Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) is a non-profit, volunteer organization that provides free, one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with mental and physical disabilities in the United States and in England. The young people who participate in KEEN have disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and various developmental and intellectual disabilities. Each athlete has his or her own volunteer coach at our activities, which may include soccer, tennis, track & field, basketball, swimming, aerobics, bowling, and various adaptive activities.

Since its inception in the United States in 1992, KEEN has served several hundred children and young adults with severe and profound disabilities who, because of their need for individualized attention, have experienced difficulty accessing existing programs. For many of the children and young adults, KEEN is the only organized activity in which they can participate given their special needs.

After establishing eight separate programs in the Washington, DC metropolitan community, KEEN has received the seed funding to establish two new programs in 2005 in Chicago and Kansas City.

Children & Youth
People with Disabilities
Sports & Recreation


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PO Box 06255Chicago, IL 60606






  • Must be at least 18
  • A Virtual Program Coordinator Intern should expect to spend 5 hours weekly on tasks that improve our program and reduce the effects of social isolation within our community.

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