PYSC firmly believes in the importance of measuring what you do. We expect our members to always work towards better evaluation methods, and we speak with our members about their program goals and outcomes and how they track progress. Our partners at Temple University’s School of Sport, Hospitality, and Tourism Management have shared their expertise in program evaluation with our members regularly, even helping develop logic models to be sure a program is producing the desired results.
Members had a busy fall at PYSC, starting with our Quarterly Meeting in September discussing data in sports-based youth development organizations. We were joined by Gulal Nakati of Philadelphia’s Citywide Out-of-School Time Initiative and by Gareth Jones of Temple University’s School of Sport, Tourism, and Hospitality Management.
PYSC members had the opportunity to attend the 4th Annual Coaches Conference on Tuesday, May 15th at the Palestra. The annual “for coaches by coaches” event was highlighted by keynote speakers Mike Sielski, a sports columnist who offered an interesting take on coaching and perspective; and Crista Samaras, founder of Brave Enterprises who offered exercises on building confidence. Panels and breakout sessions allowed the more than 150 coaches in attendance to explore specific professional development content, such as the "Thinking Outside the Box" panel featuring long-time friend of
PYSC hosted a Leadership Summit on April 23rd and 24th, exploring leading with a value-centered culture at the foundation of all you do. Pam Herath of Strive: How You Lead Matters facilitated the summit, using their collection of research on motivation, energy, and communication. The Summit included an in-depth personal exploration to see where we have strengths as leaders and where we may need to build skills.
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This week the Mayor’s Office of Education hosted a meeting with members of their staff, Community Schools Coordinators, and PYSC Member organizations to explore opportunities for sports-based youth development (SBYD) programs in current Community Schools. The meeting took place at James Logan Elementary School, one of the first cohort of Community Schools announced in summer of 2016.