In 5 years, C4C has received national recognition for providing high-quality after school programs that support struggling students.

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Hidden Heroes - Coaching for Change

See the mentoring platform created by Marquis Taylor that helps young students help younger students...

Coaching on the court and in the classroom

Marquis Taylor is catching up with one of his instructors at East Middle School gym in Brockton, Massachusetts. School let out an hour ago...

Angels Among Us | Ordinary People with Extraordinary Hearts

It's been a back-and-forth game when Derrick Webb grabs a defensive rebound and pushes the ball toward his team's basket. Crossing mid-court...

Engaging Students Through Out of School Time Opportunities

During the after school hours, I often find myself in the hallways of a middle school in one of our partnering communities. This is the 4th year that we have partnered directly with various schools as our host sites...

Teaching kids to be triple threats: athletes, students and leaders

When he was growing up, Marquis Taylor's mother used to lock him out of the house to make him practice basketball...

Listen to two different segments about Coaching4Change on WBZ Newsradio.

Marquis Taylor wants to change the country, one kid at a time, through sports and so far, it seems to be working.

January 22nd, 2016

Marquis Taylor is used to having one foot in two different worlds. This becomes clear as the founder of Coaching for Change recounts his life story at Espresso Love, a coffee shop near his State Street office one cold weekday morning in Boston. People in suits line up for coffee...

Basketball Tournament to benefit Coaching4Change

May 23rd, 2015

Worcester Telegram

Luckily Algonquin Regional seniors Sam Piotrowski and Joe Basteri live only about a 3-minute walk from Ellsworth-McAfee Park because this is the place where they've spent so much of their free time, running around the soccer fields as youths, tossing a football for fun...

Champions for change: African Americans creating a healthier world through sports

January 22nd, 2015

2015 Aetna African American History Calendar

Growing up in a single-parent household in south central California, Marquis Taylor realized that he was one of the lucky ones. He had the ability to play sports. It was a huge part of his life. It kept him engaged in school because without good grades, he couldn't play...

Meet Coaching4Change, A 2014 Social Innovator

Marquis Taylor considers Coaching4Change an education reform program. Yet, it's not happening anywhere near a classroom. Instead, he's bringing education reform to the youth, and he's doing so out on the basketball courts...

Marquis Taylor Mentors At-Risk Kids

May 22nd, 2014

Janine Rayford Rubenstein

In 2009, Marquis Taylor was well on his way up the corporate ladder. The California-raised Stonehill College grad had recently landed a plumb job as a Boston-based real estate investment banker...

From Vision To Reality: How Grit Got Me Out

November 17th, 2014

Marquis Taylor

Grit is described by Angela Lee Duckworth as motivation, perseverance, and stamina. For me, developing grit wasn't a choice -- it was a necessity. Growing up in gang-riddled, poverty stricken South Central Los Angeles, about five blocks from where the 1992 LA riots started, I began playing basketball...

Entrepreneurs: You're More Important Than Your Business Plan

February 18th, 2013

Rich Leimsider and Cheryl Dorsey

"Would you take a look at my business plan?" Some member of our staff at Echoing Green, an angel investor and grantmaker in social enterprise, hears this request every week. And we are often happy to review these start-up plans — which include the typical elements such as a product description, competitive analysis, estimate of market size, and projected financials. But we are interested in much more than these traditional plans. We use other criteria to find new people and ideas that can create large-scale social change...

Just Something Cool That Happened to Good People

November 17th, 2013


One of my favorite nonprofits we have had fundraise on Crowdvance, Coaching For Change, has recently enjoyed some fantastic press. Co-Founder and Executive Director Marquis Taylor was featured by The Huffington Post as the “Go-Giver of the Week” for the incredible impact Coaching For Change has made in the Boston community...

Coaching for Change thriving under Stonehill Alum

October, 29th, 2013

Jessie Harvey

The Coaching for Change co-founder opened up his home in Newton to donors, raising $10,000 for programming last Tuesday evening. Peter Berman, co-founder and Director of Operations of Coaching for Change (C4C), hosted appetizers at his...

He Quit His Wall Street Job to Teach Basketball to Low-Income Kids

October 8th, 2013

Carolyn Gregoire

Every day, Marquis Taylor works with low-income, disengaged high school students who are on the verge of dropping out. One 18-year-old had grown up in a family of nine kids and a single mom in Brockton, Mass. He was frequently in trouble and failing most of his classes. But by the time he had gone through Taylor's mentorship program, the boy had raised his GPA almost two full points and started running after-school programs to teach younger kids basketball. He's on track to graduate this May...


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