November 17, 2018

Several weeks ago, we hosted a dinner for eight Project Coach alums. They are all 19-24 years old and when they graduated from high school in Springfield, each of them had a promising plan and a focused trajectory. Most of them had been involved in Project Coach for al...

On June 13th, Grady Ponder and Kam’Ron Reed, two Project Coach coaches were featured guests at a Smith College School for Social Work workshop entitled Advocating for Safe Schools: What Can We Do?.

The workshop was organized as a way to explore what rising social worker...

“Let me tell you an African proverb,” began Dr. Christopher Emdin, Columbia professor and author of the book For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood...and the Rest of Y’all Too, “The child who is not initiated by the village will burn it down just to feel its warmth.”

On...

April 19, 2018

Ricky has been an active member in Project Coach for four years. He utilizes the communication, teamwork, and leadership skills that he’s learned in PC as captain of his high school’s baseball team and hopes to leverage the support that Project Coach has provided him t...

April 19, 2018

Dana’s experience as a Project Coach Fellow in 2015 inspired her to teach in Springfield for the long term. Now a 1st grade teacher at Springfield Prep, Dana is back in PC running Saturday North End United at Chestnut Middle School.

PC: What are you doing now?

Dana: I am...

April 19, 2018

An aspiring math teacher and inspiring mentor, Izzy has enthusiastically participated in Project Coach and the Urban Ed Initiative since 2017. As she wraps up her senior year at Smith, she reflects on the value of witnessing young people in settings outside of the clas...

February 2, 2018

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

Pictured: Hazel (front row on the right) with the rest of the Western Massachusetts Cohort

Hazel De La Cruz ‘20 just fin...

February 2, 2018

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

Glendean Hamilton ‘13, an alum of the Smith Urban Ed Fellowship and the Harvard Kennedy School, inspired our Boston Fel...

December 12, 2017

A 2013 PC Fellow, Michael Carter is a Springfield local who, upon graduating from Smith worked as a teacher and then administrator at KIPP schools in Oklahoma. Michael Carter now prepares young people to be informed, responsible and effective global citizens in an out-...

December 12, 2017

Coach Yessica joined the PC team when she was in 8th grade, and she is now about to graduate from high school and head off to pursue her dream of studying criminal justice and theatre. Her