Panel Discussion: Building a Positive Culture in Sport-Based Youth Development Organizations

September 19, 2013
The Faculty Club, 716 Columbus (6th floor), Northeastern University

Boston: The Hub for Sport-Based Youth Development

Boston learning from Boston

Over the course of the last three years, Sport in Society has worked extensively with local and national sport-based youth development organizations to identify their organizational challenges and assets.  With this data, Sport in Society has developed a series of collaborative learning forums, webinars, and online resources that are designed specifically for organizations that strive to use sport for positive youth development.  The offerings below are intended to meet these needs by providing solution-oriented meetings, panel discussions, and showcases.  Sport in Society will host bi-monthly panel discussions on relevant topics.  These events will be on a Thursday from 12:00 – 1:30pm at Northeastern’s Faculty Club.  Lunch will be served.

Thursday, September 19th: Building a Positive Culture in Sport-Based Youth Development Organizations

Questions we will examine include: How do you know what your culture is? What does a positive culture look like?  How do you intentionally build a positive culture?  How do you maintain culture across sites?  Featured panelists include:


Becky Nyce, Program Director at Squashbusters

Becky earned her Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University, and her Bachelors Degree in Hispanic Studies and Connecticut state teaching certification from Connecticut College.  Before coming to SquashBusters, Becky taught middle school Spanish and coached high school field hockey in Connecticut; worked as a Program Director at MetroLacrosse in Boston, and; managed a dropout prevention and intervention program for high-risk youth at Roca in Chelsea.  Becky joined SquashBusters in 2011


Max Fripp, Executive Director of Playworks Massachusetts:

Max Fripp is the Massachusetts Executive Director of Playworks. Since joining Playworks in 2008, Playworks has grown from 14 Boston schools to 32 partner schools in Boston and Lawrence. Prior to joining Playworks, Max spent four years at Citizen Schools, including two years as a AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow, followed by two years focused on national expansion and partnership development. Max’s career and academic studies have focused on using experiential and action learning to create schools where every student feels safe, included and ready to learn.


Tracey Britton, Director of Business Development at Edgework Consulting:

Tracey Britton comes to Edgework with more than 10 years of experience in training, program design, managing teams, and diversity and inclusion work. Tracey balances an extensive background in facilitation, and community engagement with a unique ability to communicate genuinely and make a lasting impression. Her professional experience began as a college soccer coach, where she helped lead Division 1 Syracuse University to the top 25. Upon relocating to the Boston area in 2005, Tracey entered the youth development and higher education arenas, focusing on sustainability, partnerships, staff development, and cultural competency. Most recently Tracey was designing and implementing programs and trainings for the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity at Northeastern University, excelling at creating programs that support faculty, staff, administrators, students and local residents. Tracey is a graduate of the executive leadership program, Lead Boston, carries a Certification in Civil Mediation and is underway on a Certificate in Diversity Management from Cornell University. A graduate of University of Buffalo with a dual degree in Psychology and Health and Human Services, Tracey also holds a Masters of Science from Ithaca College.


Amanda Smidt, National Manager of Alumni and Career Services at City Year:

Amanda Smidt served as a corps member for two years with City Year Rhode Island, focusing on Young Heroes, a leadership development program for middle school youth and directing two week-long vacation camps, as well as leading the site in corps training initiatives and leading a team of 10 in service at a low-performing middle school.  Following her service, she worked as the afterschool and community partnerships coordinator in the school where she’d served.  She was the Alumni Board Chair in Rhode Island until 2012, when she moved to Boston to serve as a School Operations Fellow with Brooke Charter Schools.  She recently returned to City Year to serve as the National Manager in the Alumni Department.  Amanda graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelors of Journalism.

Please RSVP for this complimentary lunch forum. The event is free but registration is required.