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MEET MARQUIS

Name: Marquis
Role at C4C: Founder/Executive Director 
Why are you involved with C4C?:  When I was traveling to the Mississippi Delta two years ago, I was overwhelmed with the amount of poverty and  social disparities that could be found in America.  As I took a deeper look into education and grew frustrated with the experience young people living in urban communities were having both in school and in their community.  This frustration lead me to the question: How can we use sports to educate?
Favorite sport:  Basketball…I have grown up loving the game but now my passion is for the opportunity the game has presented to me and others.

Favorite song:    This probably changes by the hour because it all depend on the mood I am in.  My top 5 are:
1.  I Need-Maverick Sabre
2.  Blue Jeans-Yasmeen
3.  Stop This Train-John Mayer
4.  Murder to Excellence-Jay Z and Kanye West
5.  Airplanes-B.oB., Hayley Williams, and Eminem

Favorite subject in high school: Calculus and Algebra–their was always a right and wrong answer!

First job: My first paying job was as a student at the NAVAL ACADEMY PREP SCHOOL (NAPS) as a NAPSter back in 2001-2002!
Favorite book: Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi

Most embarrassing college moment:   I was starting a basketball game my sophomore year and completely forgot to up on my jersey.  I did not realize it until the announcer called my name and I took off my warm-up…it was embarrassing because I had to run straight to the locker room to get my jersey which delayed the game…

“When I grow up ….”: I want to be the Secretary of Education because  I think it would be cool to live in Washington D.C. and work with the President while reforming and influencing educational policy.

“Education is…” a great way to inspire young people to think.  It is the only way people can begin making sense of the world they live in and find their way in it.

“Coaching for Change is …”  connects and mentors young people in a nontraditional way to increase community engagement and increase young peoples awareness and knowledge of their potential.
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PLANNING AND DOING

Coaching For Change, Inc. believes it is time to approach the educational process differently.   One of the ways we do this is by taking our students out of their local environment and exposing them to different types of communities, sports, opportunities, and leadership scenarios. We teach kids about how human environments shape and influence actions and interactions. And they get to see, first hand, the ways in which environments and communities are both similar and different to their own.

This past Saturday, the Game Changers had the opportunity to work with Community Rowing, Inc.  at the “Let’s Row Boston, Youth Indoor Rowing Event”.   For many of them, it was their first time at CRI and rowing on the water. The Game Changers met other kids from the community and also saw the impact that rowing has on the lives of others.  By taking our students to the Let’s Row event, we helped them apply the lessons about leadership, supportive risk-taking, professionalism and sports, and put it all into action. At Coaching For Change, we are all about making our classroom lessons come to life!

One of the powerful conversations we’ve been having with our teens is the connection between planning and doing. Sometimes, even when we do everything in our plan,  life still turns out unexpectedly. Like many other kids, our Game Changers believe if they work hard, get good grades, graduate high school, and graduate college they will have a successful life. As we talked, I asked them questions that challenged the notion of “if I work hard, it’ll just happen.” Our students began to understand that we need to prepare for our futures by preparing for the complexities of life. We need to learn to adapt to — and challenge — obstacles in our way. By working through different scenarios, our Game Changers are learning to overcome hurdles, develop important leadership skills, and practice the lessons they have learned.

Coaching For Change recognizes adolescence as a powerful time period for young people to develop skills that teach them to take action.  We provide youth the unique ability to organize in order to achieve a goal.   We turn theory into practice, think critically about our lives and our contributions, and develop a better understanding of those both different and similar to ourselves. Coaching For Change provides a safe environment for young people to experiment with their definitions of leadership, with their desire to be positive community members, and seek ways to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others.

Together, we are changing the game. 

–Marquis

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MEET LIZA

Name: Liza
Role at C4C: Educational partner, advisor, friend, grant writing fairy, C4C superfan 🙂
Why are you involved with C4C?: I was completely drawn by the act of connecting school with real life. C4C provides something that other programs don’t — it requires us to use our minds, think critically, make meaningful connections with other people, practice professionalism, and realize that all of these things add up to our own success. Plus, C4C does all of this and helps us to make changes in our own community by providing opportunities for work. I love the city of Brockton, and I love that C4C is working with community partners to help our city and our people be the best we can be!
Favorite sport: Running. I love it. I love the rhythm of my sneakers on pavement and the knowledge that I am going to get out whatever I put in.  I used to play soccer in high school, but, now I love watching it!

Favorite song:    Oooh, tough one. I’m a music addict, so I like all kinds. But, today, my favorite song is Lucy Pearl’s “Dance Tonight”

Favorite subject in high school: Music — it was the time of day when I felt most alive!

First job: My first paying job was as a cashier at a swimming pool supply store in my hometown!
Favorite book: Roots by Alex Haley

Most embarrassing high school moment: I used to do musical theater in high school, and I had to wear this ridiculous hot pink, sparkly dress with a big skirt. We had to wear our hair all curled and hair-sprayed. Honestly, back then, I thought it was awesome — now, not so much.

“When I grow up ….”: I want to be able to say that my work made a difference in the lives of others. 

“Education is…” using our mind, not just our brain. Education uplifts us all, creates pathways for our futures, and opens the door to possibilities. Education means we think broadly about how to make change specifically. I believe education is a right and not just something only a few people should have access to.

“Coaching for Change is …” everything we should all strive to be. It brings people together, it shows us that we can make a difference in our own lives and in the lives of others. And, we can do all this and stuff have a ton of fun!
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