Skip Navigation

Comprehensive Coach Education


Coaches are the key to the success of sports-based youth development programs. The relationships they build with youth, and the approach they take with their programs are what drives positive outcomes for youth. Educated coaches are an essential part of an effective youth sports system. Yet, coaches who spend up to 20 hours a week with a child are often the least trained members of an organization! The Collaborative is working to professionalize the youth-sport coach through an innovative, specialized education process that intentionally builds social emotional learning techniques and practices into the curriculum taught and delivered.


  • Temple University School of Sport, Tourism, and Hospitality Management (STHM)
  • Mentoring Independence Region
  • Positive Coaching Alliance
  • Strive: How You Lead Matters
  • We Coach


To professionalize the youth sport coach, building an ecosystem of trauma-sensitive mentors who are professionally trained and fairly compensated. A particular focus is on recruiting and training coaches from existing programs and neighborhoods so they can serve and connect youth from within their communities.


The Collaborative and its partners developed a non-credit certificate in Sport Leadership: Coaching at Temple University, making Philadelphia the first city to deliver a multi-stakeholder educational certificate issued by a leading university.


The ongoing course provides a range of training opportunities for Collaborative member organizations and our partners in the out-of-school-time space.