|While in graduate school at Smith College in 2010, Coaching For Change
Co-Founder, Marquis Taylor, learned strategies and techniques to help
him become an effective teacher in an urban setting. In 2011, Marquis
was inspired to create a new platform to make use of his newly acquired
skills. He spoke with experienced high school teachers who informed him
of how schools fail to motivate and engage low-income students who
display poor academic performance or put little effort into schoolwork.
High school should be a place where teenagers are challenged to learn and develop skills that prepare them for the future. A large population of students are physically present in the classroom, but mentally checked out. While school should be a place of discovery and growth, shortcomings are realized when many of the low-income students suffer from the clear disconnect between the current curriculum and motivation to learn.
We can change this! High School should be a place where students should be engaged throughout the learning process. This concept creates an environment of active learners to ensure that the acquisition of knowledge is accompanied by self-discovery.
|Coaching4Change improves the school experience by transferring ownership
and accountability to our student participants. They learn principles
of leadership through coaching, organizing, and running youth sports
In our communities, the high school students become leaders by coaching after school youth sports programs, organizing school-wide athletics tournaments, and running youth sports “skills and drills” clinics. Our supporting network of Teachers, College Leaders, and Parents advocate for our high school students by providing them with opportunities and guiding them through small successes that result from academic tutoring and implementing our uniquely impactful program model.
We motivate our students by rewarding them for becoming contributing members to their community as they create their own pathways to a successful future. Our goal is to create an environment that motivates, engages, and inspires continued learning as well as personal growth.