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 2018 Coaches in Training!

  Alex Monroy   Alex is 16 and attends Excel Academy East Boston. 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.

Alex Monroy

Alex is 16 and attends Excel Academy East Boston. 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.

  Meily A. Dandrade Franco   Meily is 14 and attends the John D. O’ Bryant School. She has wrestled for 3 years. Meily’s goals are to improve her wrestling skills and to be a runway model.

Meily A. Dandrade Franco

Meily is 14 and attends the John D. O’ Bryant School. She has wrestled for 3 years. Meily’s goals are to improve her wrestling skills and to be a runway model.

  Ashily Lara Baez    Ashily is 16 and goes to John D. O’ Bryant. Her goals for wrestling are to enhance her skills and learn new moves quicker. Ashliy's dream is to become an architect and an interior designer.

Ashily Lara Baez

Ashily is 16 and goes to John D. O’ Bryant. Her goals for wrestling are to enhance her skills and learn new moves quicker. Ashliy's dream is to become an architect and an interior designer.

  Malcolm Chrispin    Malcolm is 14 and attends Boston Latin Academy. His goals are to win 1st place in states for wrestling and to work in the fields of finance in the future. This is Malcolm's second summer as a CIT.

Malcolm Chrispin

Malcolm is 14 and attends Boston Latin Academy. His goals are to win 1st place in states for wrestling and to work in the fields of finance in the future. This is Malcolm's second summer as a CIT.

  Ifatayo Onifade   Iftayo (a.k.a. "Tayo") is 16 and goes to John D. O’ Bryant. 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.

Ifatayo Onifade

Iftayo (a.k.a. "Tayo") is 16 and goes to John D. O’ Bryant. 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.

  Nadia Nguyen   Nadia is 14 and attends Boston Latin Academy. Her goals are to get fit, have a healthier lifestyle, and to gain as much skill as possible for any sports. Nadia is our Office Intern this summer.

Nadia Nguyen

Nadia is 14 and attends Boston Latin Academy. Her goals are to get fit, have a healthier lifestyle, and to gain as much skill as possible for any sports. Nadia is our Office Intern this summer.

 

Thank you to this year's presenting sponsor of the Coaches In Training program!

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