Adaptive Physical Education Intern, Assisting Adults with Disabilities - Fall 2014

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Tierra del Sol Foundation
9919 Sunland Blvd.
Sunland, CA
Application Deadline: September 12, 2014
Position: Part-time, Unpaid (College Credit Required)

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Foundation Overview: Tierra’s mission is to “work continuously to increase opportunities for people with disabilities to participate, contribute, and succeed as productive and valued citizens of our community. In addition, we will communicate, educate and advocate to increase our community’s understanding and appreciation for the capabilities of the people we serve.” Our vision is that, “a strong and vibrant community is one in which all of its members contribute their strengths and assets to the common good. Tierra’s role in our community is to empower people with disabilities to fulfill their potential and desire to become productive citizens who are accepted and valued for the contributions they make to the economic, civic, and cultural vitality of our community. We are actively working toward the day when people with any type of disability are fully accepted in our community – as neighbors, co-workers, and contributors to our society.”

Internship Overview: Our Sunland campus serves over 250 adults with developmental disabilities. This an opportunity to work directly with our clients in a supportive and caring environment, encouraging and guiding our clients during physical education periods, working closely with program management and staff. This internship is for a set period of 150-200 hours and carries no offer or guarantee of employment with the organization.

Compensation: This internship is unpaid and compensated with course credit from a college or university. This internship does not include medical benefits. While working with us, the intern will have access to our employee entertainment discount program, monthly safety snack incentives, special employee events, credit union, and will be provided a supportive learning environment.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities: The adaptive physical education Intern will work closely with program staff to:
•Assist staff members with clients during physical education classes.
•Always be mindful of the health and safety of our clients, especially during physical activities.
•Work with program staff to ensure physical activities support Individualized Personalized Program (IPP) plans.
•Be responsible for planning instructional programs for the classroom.
•Organize and assist clients with their exercise program that include fitness activities such as running, walking, jumping, throwing, aerobics, yoga, etc.
•Emphasizes the importance of physical activity and personal fitness.
•Implements instructional programs in physical and motor fitness, such as dance, sports and individual and group games.
•Assess and maintain a level of physical fitness to improve health and performance.
•Assist with other projects as assigned.


Requirements and Desired Qualities: To be considered for this position, applicants should have a sincere desire to learn about physical education for adults with intellectual and other physical disabilities, and a strong desire to serve others. Applicants should have good communications skills, work well with others, and an abundance of patience. The individual who is selected for this internship will need to to pass a DOJ LiveScan background check and a physical exam which includes a TB test (paid for by Tierra del Sol).

The intern is expected to be with us 150 - 200 hours, depending upon college credit requirements, 3 to 5 days per week. Our program hours are 8am to 1:30pm, Monday thru Friday. We have flexibility within these times for the selected individual to intern with us.

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