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 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.
My 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 me to become involved and volunteer my time to the organization. As volunteer executive director, I have been able to increase volunteer participation and create year-round employment opportunities for our staff. The bonus is that all of our 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.
Kevin Washington is the 12th president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the YMCA of Greater Boston, America’s first YMCA. As President of Greater Boston, Washington has re-energized the organization launching a new strategic planning process, reducing membership rates across the Association to provide greater access to Y services for all, and implementing a childhood education quality initiative to benefit the thousands of children and families the Y serves throughout Eastern Massachusetts.
Prior to joining the Y of Greater Boston in 2010, Washington served as the President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Hartford for ten years. Under his leadership in Hartford, the Y invested more than $60 million to expand and develop eight facilities and camps. He also grew the Greater Hartford Y Board by 40 new volunteers.
Washington has provided leadership for many national YMCA initiatives including serving on the YMCA of the USA Board of Directors. He is the current chair of the Association of YMCA Professionals Board of Directors, as well as chair of the newly-formed YMCA North American Network. In addition, he is a member of a number of important national YMCA initiatives including the National Diversity Initiative, Aquatics Safety Task Force, and the National Mentorship Program to support young YMCA leaders. Washington is an active board member of Amistad Center for Art & Culture.