May 9, 2020

Vanessa Otero Smith College ’03, Director of the Smith College Urban Education Initiative was recently named to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Health Equity Advisory Group. The committee is charged with advising Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD,...

January 7, 2020

In early 2020, Vanessa Otero joined our team as the first Director of the Smith College Urban Education Initiative. Vanessa graduated from Smith College in 2003. A deeply respected and accomplished non-profit leader, Vanessa returns to her alma mater after serving as t...

May 16, 2019

Project Coach and Urban Education Initiative Fellow Noa Dubin, ‘19, was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach English in Spain. Noa was mentored by Project Coach Director Jo Glading-DiLorenzo while completing special studies with Professor Sam Intrator. In her applic...

May 15, 2019

This profile is part of a series highlighting participants of the Urban Education Initiative, the umbrella program for Project Coach at Smith College.

Janeth Mora ‘21 went back to her home community in East Los Angeles for her fellowship. She was able to use her Spanish...

March 8, 2019

Each year, dozens of Smith students head for cities across the country – from LA to Boston, Houston to Chicago – to work alongside master teachers in urban classrooms during Smith’s January Interterm and “summer” break. This January the Smith Urban Education Initiative...

March 4, 2019

This profile is part of a series highlighting participants of the Urban Education Initiative, the umbrella program for Project Coach at Smith College.

​​​​​Mariama Jaiteh ‘20 completed her fellowship at Girls Prep Lower East Side, part of the Public Prep network of scho...

February 8, 2019

Libby Chafe is a Smith student who has volunteered with Project Coach for several years as an "Academic Coach," or tutor to our high school participants, our "coaches." Here, she reflects on her experience working side by side with Project Coach's teen coaches to devel...

December 19, 2018

A fixture in the Project Coach gymnasium for over seven years, Yesenia Valentin recently stepped into the role of Assistant Program Director. Her deep experience as a mentor and coach has led her to her current role, which includes being the lead organizer of the commu...

December 19, 2018

Master coach, skilled mentor, and committed student, Joe Wray embodies the skills and values that Project Coach cultivates in youth. His background with PC stretches far and wide - in fact all the way to France!

PC: What are you doing now?

Joe: Right now I’m a student at...

December 19, 2018

Priscilla Morales shares something that many of our long-term coaches often say: “I grew up in Project Coach.”

Priscilla joined the Project Coach team in 9th grade. “I started out shy and uncertain in big groups with other teens,” Priscilla recently explained. In s...

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