Project Coach works to bridge the economic, educational and social divisions facing Springfield youth by empowering and training inner-city teens to coach, teach, and mentor elementary school students in their neighborhoods.
Training teens to be leaders is at the heart of our mission. We also provide the scaffolding to enable our teens to be successful in school and community. Through our partnership with Smith College our teens receive weekly tutoring and educational support. This academic enrichment is crucial to bridging the educational divide in Springfield, MA, whose high schools have some of the highest dropout rates in the state. Project Coach provides college and career readiness support to our teens, and mentorship as they graduate high school and transition into adulthood.
Our mission extends beyond our teen coach interns to the elementary school players we tutor and coach. Working in teams with Smith College undergraduate and graduate students our teen coaches teach literacy lessons and give homework help to elementary school children in inner-city schools struggling to meet minimum academic standards. For the majority of the elementary school children we serve, Project Coach's after-school fitness and sports programs are the only sports programming available to them.
Read about how our work in the Urban Education Initiative and Project Coach impacts students in Springfield, at Smith College, and beyond: