In the interest of improving the health, welfare and opportunities for Philadelphia’s 325,000 school-age children, Philadelphia Mayor James F. Kenney has encouraged the Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative (PYSC) to organize a Philadelphia Task Force on Sports-Based Youth Development (the Task Force).
The Task Force will explore policies that could expand and enhance sports-based youth development (SBYD) programming citywide. The Task Force will report on the state of youth sports, physical activity and positive development of Philadelphia’s youth. The initiative has the support of major stakeholders, including the Kenney Administration, the School District of Philadelphia and many local non-profit sports-based youth development organizations.
The Task Force will have a limited term of existence of one year. It will be independent of City government and is being funded by GSK. Commencing in the third quarter of 2017 and completing its work by June 30, 2018, the Task Force will convene various thought leaders, stakeholders, and providers of youth and high school sports and physical activity programs in the City of Philadelphia to:
- Identify issues or barriers that prevent all city youth from accessing safe, quality sports-based youth development programming;
- Make recommendations to facilitate the development of partnerships and cross-sector program collaborations that will increase access to the city’s youth;
- Develop a set of standards and evaluation metrics which sports-based, youth development programs and organizations should follow, as standards and/or best practices;
- Make recommendations for a marketing plan that will increase visibility for and access to the current array of sports-based youth development programs offered by numerous providers;
- Make recommendations for areas of research and development in this growing field;
- Recommend what actionable steps could be taken by governmental policymakers to develop an effective citywide system for sports-based youth development programming; and
- Suggest potential long-term funding streams that could support these systems so they may be put in place and remain sustainable into the future.
The Task Force will consist of approximately 25 members drawn from the senior ranks of government, business, health and higher education, professional and collegiate athletics, philanthropic and corporate sectors, and social services.