Panel Discussion: Children First: Helping Staff Identify and Address Safety Issues

May 22, 2014
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, May 22: Children First: Helping Staff Identify and Address Safety Issues

This panel will examine children’s safety, participants will learn about how to create a safe space for young people’s physical and emotional well-being. The panel will discuss policy, procedures, best practices and recommended training for staff, volunteers and young people. Featured panelists include:

Colleen Armstrong, Youth Coordinator, Teens Lead @ Work

Colleen Armstrong has extensive experience in the youth development and violence prevention fields. She is the Youth Coordinator for Teens Lead at Work (TL@W), one of the core programs of the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupation Safety and Health. TL@W is the flagship peer leadership program in the country focusing on young worker rights and safety.  TL@W provides an empowering environment where teens develop their organizing skills, reach out to other teen workers, and promote safe, healthy work and strong enforcement of the Child Labor Laws. Additionally, she provides support to youth serving organizations in developing health and safety training and sexual harassment policies for young workers. Colleen received her BA from Emmanuel College and her JD from Southwestern Law School.  She is a member of United Steel Workers Local 9358.


Jarrod Chin, Director of Training and Curriculum, Sport in Society

Jarrod Chin has been with Sport in Society since 2001. He currently serves as the Director of Training and Curriculum. In this capacity, Jarrod oversees all outreach programming in the Greater Boston area. Moreover, Chin ensures that the outreach staff continues to deliver high-quality and meaningful trainings in a variety of settings to middle school, high school, college, and adult audiences.

Chin first joined Sport in Society as a Training and Outreach Specialist with Project TEAMWORK. In 2003 he was promoted to Senior Training Specialist. In this position, Chin’s training duties expanded to include the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), as well as Project TEAMWORK. As a Senior Trainer, Chin was also responsible for training new Outreach Specialists in Sport in Society’s Violence Prevention and Diversity programs.

In his 12 years at the Center, he has trained over 500 middle and high schools in the Project TEAMWORK and MVP curriculums. In total, Chin has led more than 5,000 hours of discussion centered on preventing violence and promoting diversity in both academic and non-academic settings. Chin has also trained numerous colleges, organizations and companies in Sport in Society curriculum.

In addition to training, Chin has written curriculum and consulted for numerous sports organizations and non-profits, including the National Football League, Project Purple, Athletes for Hope, Playworks, Innercity Weightlifting, Team Up 4 Community, YMCA, Men for Equality (Sweden)


Bryan Van Dorpe, Executive Director, Youth Enrichment Services (YES) 

Bryan joined YES in 2008 following the retirement of founder Mary Williams.  He worked at South Boston Neighborhood House for 24 years, and as Executive Director there, he oversaw a decade of substantial growth including a budget that nearly doubled, a capital campaign and additional facilities, new programming initiatives and expanded collaborations in response to community needs.  Bryan holds a BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and Masters in teaching from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

As Executive Director of these youth development organizations, Bryan has overseen the quality assurance of youth programming which includes the engagement and safety of participants, families, and the community.


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