Dear Members, Partners, and Friends,
Our team has spent a lot of time over the past few weeks thinking about how we move through this unprecedented situation, and then forward as a community. Before COVID-19, we were full steam ahead carrying out the Game On Philly! Plan with our members, partners, and other sports-based youth development stakeholders. And then everything came to a screeching halt.
Considering the daunting number of unknowns, we are focused on what we do know
Dr. Tiffany Berry received her PhD from Claremont Graduate University in Developmental Psychology & Evaluation, specializing in the development of intrinsic motivation among youth who participate in after-school programs.
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.