We Coach for Change 

Project Coach teams Smith College faculty and students with Springfield youth in a sports-based life skills program that teaches teens to coach and mentor children in neighborhood elementary schools. Project Coach empowers teens to be successful students, leaders and community members.


Our teen coach interns come from five Springfield high schools to work in the North End of Springfield in three elementary schools struggling to reverse the impacts of low academic achievement rates, family poverty and under-employment. Many of our coaches face similar struggles. 


Project Coach's playbook for success for teen coaches includes:

  • Weekly academic coaching by Smith College faculty and students 

  • Tuesday Night Academy, a four-hour interdisciplinary seminar that combines coaching pedagogy and life-skills lessons

  • Weekly coach training led by Smith College staff and graduate students in the Smith College Exercise and Sports Studies program

  • An after-school program for elementary school students where teen coaches can put their training to the test, acting as role models and mentors to young people in their communities.