Interview with Kelly Burke, Stanford GOALS After School Sports Coordinator

by Taylor Morrow–

The Bay Area is filled with many different companies and organizations. As a school in the heart of the Silicon Valley, we have the opportunity to interact with and learn from these companies and organizations and their employees. After the Career Fair on March 19, Menlo Oak Press was given the opportunity to connect with leaders from two important, yet vastly different, workplaces. The interviews give an insightful look into opportunities in the Bay Area. Find below the interview with Kelly Burke, Stanford GOALS After School Sports Coordinator. Look for the companion interview with Michael Buhr, Zerve.com President.

Stanford GOALS

Stanford Goals logo (from http://med.stanford.edu/sprc/goals/)

Kelly Burke: Stanford GOALS After School Sports Coordinator

1. How would you describe Stanford Goals and the long term and short term goals of the program?

Stanford GOALS is a 7-year NIH-funded (National Institute of Health) randomized controlled trial of community and family-based treatment of obesity for low-income Latino and African-American children and their families. Our goal is to conduct a hands on intervention to improve overall health of the enrolled families. Main focuses include: increased physical activity, improved diet, and reduced screen time.

2. How was the program started?

The study is a grant from the NIH. Our PI (Principal Investigator), Dr. Tom Robinson, focuses on “solution-oriented” research, developing and evaluating effective health promotion and disease prevention interventions for children and adolescents and their families. His research is largely experimental, conducting school, family and community-based randomized controlled trials to test the efficacy and/or effectiveness of theory-driven behavioral, along with social and environmental interventions to prevent and treat obesity. Robinson’s research is grounded in social cognitive models of human behavior, uses rigorous methods, and is performed in generalizable settings with diverse populations, making the results even more relevant for informing clinical and public health practice and policy.

3. What are the benefits of having this program be connected to Stanford University?

The university has tremendous resources and is highly regarded. There is also ample knowledge at your fingertips.

4. What are the different jobs available at Stanford Goals? What are the requirements for these jobs?

The most appealing job for college students to get involved with Stanford GOALS is to become a coach at our after school sports program. We have both paid and internship positions available. (Link to descriptions below)

5. I see that you are hiring students to help with coaching; why would you suggest students work with Stanford Goals over other opportunities?

Coaching kids in a community-based research program is one of the most intrinsically rewarding work experiences. Impacting the lives of youth is priceless. You also get to be outside active, while learning about how sports programs as a larger intervention are run.

6. Do you see a common motivation among those that work at Stanford Goals?

The kids we work with have been working hard in our sports program for three years now. We have seen a lot of improvement in their agility and coordination during this time. They are motivated to get healthier. Most of the college coaches we recruit have a common interest in sports, health or community programming.

7. Can you provide a little background about yourself?

I was born and raised in Redwood City, California, and sports and health have always been a huge part of my everyday life. I graduated from San Francisco State where I played D2 volleyball. Although volleyball and soccer are the sports I play most, I love to try all types of physical activity. Post college, I applied for and took a position at the Stanford University School of Medicine and currently run the after school sports program for kids in a family health research study = Stanford GOALS. I truly believe that if you work hard and put in the energy you can achieve anything.

8. How did you become the After School Sports Coordinator?

I have always had a love and passion for sports, working with kids, and making an impact in the community. With the obesity epidemic impacting children nationwide, I really wanted to make a difference, no matter how large or small. Those three interests and the national crisis, led me to apply for the After School Sports Coordinator Position here at Stanford University Department of Pediatrics.

9. Why did you get involved in this particular area?

The Solutions Science Lab in the Department of Pediatrics is known for finding solutions to community-based problems. I love projects that are hands on and action oriented. It was a perfect match for my skills and experiences.

GOALS Internship Position

GOALS Site Director Position


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