The Smith College M.A.T. - Project Coach Fellowship is designed for aspiring teachers who wish to engage deeply with young people in classrooms, through sports and in neighborhoods to make a positive difference in the lives of children and adolescents in vulnerable inner-city communities.
Our one-year program, which includes a full-tuition waiver, provides fellows with:
• Singular opportunities to work at the vital intersections of school, community, and youth development;
• Teaching licensure and an M.A.T. from Smith College;
• Non-profit management experience through work in Project Coach, a nationally recognized out-of-school program.
Many past fellows would also say the Project Coach Fellowship leads to a life-changing experience.
As fellows work toward a teaching license they serve as coach-mentors in Project Coach, a sports-based youth development program that teaches urban teens to coach and mentor students in underserved neighborhood elementary schools. A nationally recognized out-of-school program in its own right, Project Coach is also a lab for the conceptual frameworks, theories of action, and pedagogial practices taught by Smith College's distinguished education and child study faculty.
- Submit an application to Project Coach via email to Program Director, Jo Glading-Dilorenzo by March 15. This should include:
- Up-to-date resume
- Two letters of recommendation: (one from a professor who can write about your academic abilities, and one from somebody who knows about your work with youth or has worked with you in a co-curricular context-- which would include sports, theatre, arts, journalism etc...)
- A 500-750 word response to the following question:
How have co-curricular experiences in your life (sports, arts, theater, community service, journalism or other activities outside the formal academic curriculum) shaped your school and social experience and, in particular, your academic experiences. In other words, what did you learn in your co-curricular experiences that contributed to your ability to achieve and perform academically?
- Schedule an interview.
- Submit an application to the Education Graduate Program.
Thoughts from a Graduate Fellow
Sometimes mentoring is hard and it feels like it is not working. I felt like this when two of my three high school mentees did not show up for one of our weekly commitments. It hurt. I wondered if I had done something wrong, if they had lost interest in the program, and even if this was something worth investing my time in. But then I realized that the girl who did show up was courageously taking on the challenge of running our afternoon tutoring session by herself. She had the 4th graders sitting at the table, getting out their homework and writing utensils. She settled the students down with our clapping routine and they listened to her clear instructions. This moment, when she had no one else to rely on, gave her the chance to shine. I looked around and saw math worksheets and spelling words in front of nearly all the students. The one student who was taking a bit longer to get ready had my mentee right by his side, guiding him towards getting out his school work and helping him remember what had been assigned in class. I beamed with pride watching her excel rather than being flustered or angered by the absence of her tutoring team. Despite her amazing performance, however, I still couldn't shake off the feeling of the other two not showing up.