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Mariana Folco
Adjunct Professor

Mariana Folco, MSW


Program Affiliation

Sport Coaching Leadership

Conference Presentations

  • Philadelphia Coaches' Conference 2016, 2017 –The Healing Power of Sport: Being a Trauma-Sensitive Coach
  • Up2Us Sports Coach Training Institute, 2015 – 2017
  • AmeriCorps Week Celebration, 2017 – Trauma-Sensitive Service Programs
  • Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds Institute, 2017 – Playing to Heal: A Trauma-Sensitive Approach to Youth Work
  • National Association of Social Workers Conference, 2017 – Playing to Heal: A Trauma-Sensitive Approach to Youth Work
  • Temple University: Psychology of Human Motivation and Development, 2015-2016 – Guest Presenter, An Introduction to Sports-Based Youth Development
  • Trauma and the Brain
  • Trauma-Informed Sports Programming
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Immigration and HealthCare Access
  • Unaccompanied Minors in Legal Proceedings
  • Domestic Violence 
  • Up2Us Sports, Senior Training Manager (2015-present)
  • Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), Know Your Rights Coordinator (2014-2015)
  • Congreso de Latinos Unidos: Latina Domestic Violence Program, Bilingual Domestic Violence Counselor/Advocate (2013-2014)
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP): Regional Autism Center, Social Worker (2012-2013)
  • Communities in Schools of Central Texas, AmeriCorps Mentor & Tutor (2010-2012)
  • Harvard University David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Study Abroad Student Programs Coordinator Intern (2010)
  • VE Global: Voluntarios de la Esperanza (Santiago, Chile), Youth Mentor (2009-2010)

Coaching Experience

  • Philadelphia Girls Rowing Club, Novice and Masters Coach (2013 – present)
  • Temple University Women’s Rowing, Assistant Coach (2012-2014)
  • Texas Rowing Center, Novice Girls Coach (2011-2012)
  • Boston University Summer Rowing, Masters Coach (2008-2009)
  • Brookline High School Rowing, Novice Girls Coach (2007-2009)

Mariana Folco is the Senior Training Manager at Up2Us Sports. In her role, she facilitates trauma-informed training and professional development opportunities for coaches, teachers, and other youth development professionals in Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic region.

Mariana is a licensed social worker and native Spanish-speaker from Argentina. Prior to her work at Up2Us Sports, Mariana worked with Latino populations in Philadelphia as a bilingual domestic violence counselor, and as a legal service coordinator with unaccompanied immigrant youth from Central America in the U.S. court system.

Mariana has also been a rowing coach for over 10 years at the high school, collegiate, and masters levels for programs across the country.

She continues to row out of Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia while training for her eighth marathon.