Panel Discussion: Community Connections and Workforce Development

March 20, 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. There will be time for networking both before and after the event. Lunch will be served.

Thursday, March 20th: Community Connections and Workforce Development

Questions we will examine include: How do we build a work force plan that engages the community?  How can you build a pathway for workforce development?  How do you best balance immediate and long term needs?  What are best practices for recruiting a diverse workforce?  How can we better connect with the community?  What are the community’s resources and how do you connect?  Featured panelists include:

Anne Greenbaum, Director of Institutional Partnerships at Sportsmens Tennis and Enrichment Center

Anne manages the Match Point Community Outreach Program and works with the Executive Director to fundraise to support the programs and overall operations of Sportsmen’s. Anne has over 30 years experience in the non-profit sector primarily with organizations focusing on youth development with an emphasis on sports based youth development. She has managed several programs that partner with the Boston Public Schools and has conducted thousands of conflict resolution workshops for Boston students and teachers.

Jeannine Laing, Franklin Park Tennis Association

Jeannine’s involvement in tennis began five years ago as a participant in a free drop-in tennis program offered by Franklin Park Tennis Association. Impressed with the tennis program and the welcoming “family-like” atmosphere, it was very natural for her to become involved and volunteer her time to the organization. As volunteer executive director, Jeannine has been able to increase volunteer participation and create year-round employment opportunities for the staff. The bonus is that all paid staff are so committed to the organization that they also provide many volunteer hours to the organization as well. Having strong community connections and a welcoming atmosphere has helped grow our programs, recruit quality staff and maintain strong relationships in the communities we serve.

Dr. Richard O’Bryant, Director of the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute at Northeastern University

 Dr. Richard L. O’Bryant is Director of the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute at Northeastern University – named in remembrance of his father.  Dr. O’Bryant oversees educational and cultural programs, services and activities focused on African-American students.  Under his vision and leadership the African-American Institute has become more engaged with many aspects of Northeastern University including academic components, community outreach efforts, and the enhancement of the breadth and depth of programs and services offered.  Dr. O’Bryant also teaches in the College of Professional Studies Political Science Department and is a senior research fellow at the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy.  Dr. O’Bryant has published several papers including his chapter Walking in the Wake: A Father’s Legacy and a Son’s Pride published in the first “Our Stories: The Experience of Black Professionals on Predominantly White Campuses” (2002).  

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