Inner-City Kids Embrace Project Coach
August 5, 2011
Wabash College played host to "Project Coach" for the third consecutive year this week. The program is designed to help inner-city kids interested in coaching develop their talents and skills while learning about college life.
This year's program, headed by Dean of Students Mike Raters, featured five young men returning from last year and five new teenagers joining the program. The students come from the Chicago area and from Michigan.
See a photo album from some of the week's activities here.
The program was founded at Smith College and is funded by the Salisbury Foundation.
The three main goals of the Project Coach program are to:
- develop leadership skills in youth coaches that can be transferred to school, employment, relationships, and other community endeavors.
- build the capacity of local community organizations by providing a cadre of well-trained and knowledgeable youth workers—who happen to be teenagers.
- put an emphasis on sports and health opportunities for elementary school aged children to engage in and enjoy physical activity.