Coaches in Training is an innovative program that blends mentorship, youth leadership, workforce development, and coaching into one amazing summer.

Thanks to initial funding from the Shannon Community Initiative through the State Executive Office of Public Safety and the Boston Police Department, as well as additional funding from the Boston Centers For Youth And Families, the Mayor’s Youth Employment Fund, and the Lenny Zakim Fund, each year BYW hires between 5-8 youth every summer to work in a leadership development program that trains them on coaching and mentorship, and then sends them out to community partners across the city to work with young people at our mini-camps, teaching them the fundamentals of wrestling and serving as role-models to the youngest ones in our community. This innovative approach has created a participant-to-coach pipeline which sustains our coaching ranks with former participants who best understand the needs of our youth. To date, three former interns have worked as middle school coaches for our program since 2017.

Meet our Coaches in Training Alumni!

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Alex Monroy

Alex was a CIT in 2018 and attends Excel Academy High School (Class of 2020). His goals are to use his skills to win wrestling matches, to be a cook, and to be a soccer player. This is Alex's first summer in the CIT program.

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Meily A. Dandrade Franco

Meily was a CIT in 2017 and 2018 and attends the John D. O’ Bryant School (Class of 2021). She has wrestled for 3 years. Meily’s goals are to improve her wrestling skills and to be a runway model.

Aidan Kilgannon

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Ashily Lara Baez

Ashily was a CIT in 2018 and attends the John D. O’ Bryant School (Class of 2020). Her goals for wrestling are to enhance her skills and learn new moves more quickly. Ashliy's dream is to become an architect and an interior designer.

Malcolm Chrispin

Malcolm was a CIT from 2017-2019 and attends Boston Latin Academy (Class of 2022). His goals are to win 1st place in states for wrestling and to work in the fields of finance in the future.

Gabriel Figueroa Portillo

Gabriel was a CIT in 2017 and attended Excel Academy High School (Class of 2018). Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum. Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum. Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum.

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Ifatayo Onifade

Iftayo was a CIT in 2018 and attends the John D. O’ Bryant School (Class of 2020). He is thankful for all the opportunities that there are in Boston. Ifatayo’s goals are to be better at wrestling, to be either an accountant or a nurse, and to take greater action on issues.

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Nadia Nguyen

Nadia was a CIT in 2018 and attends Boston Latin Academy (Class of 2022). Her goals are to get fit, have a healthier lifestyle, and to gain as much skill as possible for any sports. Nadia was our Office Intern.

Heber Magana

Heber was a CIT in 2017 and attended Excel Academy High School (Class of 2018). Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum. Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum. Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum.

Joe Barkowski

Joe was a CIT in 2017 and attended the John D. O’Bryant High School (Class of 2019). Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum. Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum. Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum.

William Lei

William was a CIT in 2016 and attended John D. O’Bryant High School (Class of 2018). Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum. Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum. Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum.

Jahi James

Jahi was a CIT in 2016 and attended Josiah Quincy Upper School (Class of 2018) and wrestled for 5 years. During and after college, Jahi hopes to go back to his high school and teach the students there everything that he has learned.

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Emahni Laboy

Emahni was a CIT in 2016 and attends Boston Arts Academy (Class of 2020). He wrestled for 2 years at the Eliot K-8 School and plans to continue during and after high school. Emahni hopes to continue into martial arts.

Christian St. Pierre

Cristian was a CIT in 2016 and attended John D. O’Bryant High School (Class of 2018). Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum. Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum. Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum.

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Carlos Goncalves

Carlos was a CIT in 2015 (our inaugural year) and attended Excel High School South Boston (Class of 2019). Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum. Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum. Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum.

Jordan Correia

Jordan was a CIT in 2016 and attended Josiah Quincy Upper School (Class of 2018). Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum. Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum. Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum.

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Kaylalee Ortiz

Kaylalee was a CIT in 2016 and attends Fenway High School (Class of 2020). She has been wrestling for BYW for 1 year. She wants to stay with wrestling and hopes to be able to do it during her high school years.

Graciela Lara

Graciela was a CIT in 2015 (our inaugural year) and attended Fenway High School (Class of 2019). Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum. Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum. Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum.

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Anthony Baldayaque

Anthony was a CIT in 2016 and attends Boston International (Class of 2020). Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum. Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum. Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum.

Timothy Wallace

Tim was a CIT in 2016 and attended TechBoston Academy (Class of 2018). Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum. Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum. Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum.

Joshua Tran

Joshua was a CIT in 2015 (our inaugural year) and attended Boston Latin School (Class of 2017). Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum. Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum. Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum lorem ipsum.