Volunteer: Become a SAIL Leader
Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) is an evidence-based strength, balance and fitness program for adults 65 and older. Performing exercises that improve strength, balance and fitness are the single most important activity that adults can do to stay active and reduce their chance of falling.
How do I volunteer?
Become a SAIL Leader. The first step is to complete a SAIL Leader Application. We also require a copy of your fitness certification (or equivalent degree) and CPR certification.
We also recommend you review the SAIL Leader Volunteer Role Description to learn more about what SAIL Leaders' responsibilities include.
Lastly, you will need to attend a two-day SAIL Leader Training to complete certification. There are two trainings scheduled for the remainder of 2019.
October 8-9, 2019 from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at:
Southwest Tennessee Development District Office
102 E. College Street
Jackson, TN 38301
*Applications for participation are due by October 4, 2019.
Who can volunteer?
Anyone can volunteer if they meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Hold a current fitness certification or equivalent degree
- Be CPR certified
- Can commit to teaching 2-3 SAIL classes a week
If you have questions about fitness certifications or degrees that would meet the eligibility requirements, refer to the list of acceptable certifications and degrees.
Who cannot volunteer?
Anyone who does not meet the eligibility requirements listed above will not be allowed to volunteer for the SAIL program.
Where can people volunteer?
Anywhere! We are excited and eager to expand the venues where SAIL is offered. Classes are currently located in senior centers, faith-based organizations, an American Legion, parks and recreation facilities, insurance company locations, physical therapy sites and a wellness center. If you have a facility in mind in your local community, we look forward to the opportunity to partner.
“The class participants are wonderful, and we have established such meaningful bonds. Their determination to remain healthy is inspirational, and I also am benefiting from exercising more.”
“I feel honored to have become friends with my co-leaders.”
“The participants are all good natured, appreciative people.”
“The socialization and the smallest differences make the most impact.”
“It is so rewarding to hear the participants tell me how they have improved.”
“People enjoy the class and are engaged. They love to laugh.”
Who do I contact for more information?
If you have questions about becoming a SAIL Leader, contact Sidney Schuttrow at Sidney.Schuttrow@tn.gov or 615-741-1585.