Professional Development

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. Sport in Society has education and professional development opportunities for both local and national sport-based youth development organizations; many of the Center’s events are based in Boston, but through online education tools there are several methods to reach out and educate organizations. Below please find videos and descriptions of each of our panels and seminars.

 

Panel Discussion- The City and Sport Based Youth Development Organizations Working Together as Change Agents to Reduce Youth Violence:

Moderated by City Councillor Tito Jackson, Boston Police Department Chief William Gross; Sergeant-Detective Donna Gavin, Commander of the Boston Police Human Trafficking Unit; Courtney Mark Grey, Director of Trauma Response and Recovery at the Boston Public Health Commission; and Boston Police Department Community Service Officer Jose Ruiz addressed the root causes of youth violence in Boston and how to engaged the community in reducing this violence through sport based youth development organizations. The panelists had incredible depth of knowledge and experience, and were able to give concrete advice and then answer individual attendee questions. A description of the panel from the News@Northeastern is available here on our news page.

 

 

Panel Discussion- Children First: Helping Staff Identify and Address Safety Issues: Moderated by Sport in Society Program Manager Ricardhy Grandoit, three experts from local organizations involved with youth sports and development spoke about the importance of ensuring both physical and emotional safety, methods for addressing issues among youth, recommendations for staff training, and best practices around organizational policy. These speakers were Colleen Armstrong, Youth Coordinator for Teens Lead@Work, Jarrod Chin, Director of Training and Curriculum here at The Center, and Bryan Van Dorpe, Executive Director of Youth Enrichment Services.  The panelists were able to give concrete advice and then answer individual attendee questions in small break-out groups.

 

Panel Discussion Seattle- Increasing Female Participation in Sports:

Moderated by Sport in Society’s own Director of Sports Partnerships Dr. Justine Siegal, former professional athletes and current experts in the sport for youth development field spoke about the need to increase female participation in sports programs. The panelists lead a discussion, facilitated small breakout sessions, and shared tips for engaging girls in sports. These speakers were Becky Antilla, from  Girls on the Run of Puget Sound, Kelly James, Esq, from Education First & Former All American, and Ariana Kukors, Olympian Swimmer & Sport Ambassador.

Seminar Series- Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations: 

As a complement to our bi-monthly panel discussions, Sport in Society is hosting a series of webinars on NonProfit Management, led by the dynamic Rick Arrowood, faculty member in Northeastern’s Master of Science in Leadership and Master of Science in Nonprofit Management program. Topics covered included the statement of financial position (the balance sheet), the statement of activities (the profit and loss sheet), and the cash flow statement. This webinar also gives advice on annual reports, fundraising, and audits. The power point and worksheets for this slide show are available to download here.

Panel Discussion- Community Connections and Workforce Development: Moderated by Sport in Society Program Manager Ricardhy Grandoit, three experts from various organizations involved with sport for youth development and community outreach spoke about recruiting a diverse workforce, building pathways for workplace development, the importance of diversity in staff, and connecting with community resources. These speakers were Anne Greenbaum, most recently of Sportsmens Tennis and Enrichment Center, Jeannine Laing of Franklin Park Tennis Association, and Dr. Richard O’BryantDirector of the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute at Northeastern University. The panelists were able to give concrete advice and answer attendee questions through facilitated small group discussions with attendees.

Seminar Series- How to Get the Most Out of Your Nonprofit Board:
As a complement to our bi-monthly panel discussions, Sport in Society is hosting a series of webinars on NonProfit Management, led by the dynamic Rick Arrowood, faculty member in Northeastern’s Master of Science in Leadership and Master of Science in Nonprofit Management program. Topics covered include an overview of legal duties and tax exemption, goverance roles and recruiting and retaining members. This webinar also gives advice for setting the climate and culture of your board to establish a positive environment and maximize productivity.The power point of this slide show is also available to download here.

Panel Discussion Los Angeles- Increasing Female Participation in Sports:

Moderated by Sport in Society’s own Director of Sports Partnerships Dr. Justine Siegal, former professional athletes and current experts in the sport for youth development field spoke about the need to increase female participation in sports programs. The panelists lead a discussion, facilitated group question and answer sessions, and shared tips for engaging girls in sports. These speakers were Cindy Whitehead, Pro Skateboarder and Sport Stylist; Tony Giarla, Associate Director of Kids in Sports LA; and Hilton Brown, Director of Athletics YWCA Santa Monica and Jasmine Siegal, student.

Panel Discussion- Increasing Female Participation in Sports:

Moderated by Sport in Society Program Manager Ricardhy Grandoit, former professional athletes and current experts in the sport for youth development field spoke about the need to increase female participation in sports programs, using lessons and providing tips from their own experiences, both as coaches and as players. These speakers were Katie Hnida, pioneer football player and public speaker, Dr. Justine Siegal, Director of Sports Partnerships at Sport in Society, Rebekah Splaine Salwasser, Executive Director of the Boston Scholar Athletes Program, and Dr. Jen Mead, professor at Framingham State University.

Seminar Series- Human Resources Management and Employment Law: 

As a complement to our bi-monthly panel discussions, Sport in Society is hosting a series of webinars on NonProfit Management, led by the dynamic Rick Arrowood, faculty member in Northeastern’s Master of Science in Leadership and Master of Science in Nonprofit Management program. Topics covered include an overview of volunteer recruitment, management and retention, plus onboarding of new employees and volunteers. This webinar also gives advice for performance management, compensation and benefits, and human resources legal conditions.

 

Panel Discussion- NonProfit Management for Sport Based Youth Development Organizations:

Moderated by Sport in Society Program Manager Ricardhy Grandoit, three experts from various organizations involved with sport for youth development and nonprofits spoke about the challenges and triumphs of nonprofit management, using lessons from their own experiences. These speakers were David Cohen, Executive Director of Doc Wayne, Stas Gayshan, Founder and CEO of Space with a Soul, and Mary McVeigh, Executive Director of Soccer Without Borders.

Seminar Series- How Nonprofit Organizations Organize and Operate: 

As a complement to our bi-monthly panel discussions, Sport in Society is also hosting a series of webinars on NonProfit Management, led by the dynamic Rick Arrowood, faculty member in Northeastern’s Master of Science in Leadership and Master of Science in Nonprofit Management program. Topics covered include an overview of the categories of nonprofit organizations, the process for formation of a nonprofit organization and organizational and operational tests. There will also be a focus on governance and management policies and information on federal tax exemption and different reporting requirements, among other important government protocol.

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

Moderated by Sport in Society Program Manager Ricardhy Grandoit, a selection of panelists from various Boston and national sport based organizations spoke about creating and maintaining a positive work environment, using examples from their own programs. These speakers included Becky Nyce, Program Director at Squashbusters, Max Fripp, Executive Director of Playworks Massachusetts, Tracey Britton, Director of Business Development at Edgework Consulting, and Amanda Smidt, National Manager of Alumni and Career Services at City Year.

Recruitment and Retention Among Volunteers Webinar:
This web-based lecture initially aired live on June 4th 2013 and discussed the challenges for employee recruitment and staff retention among sport-based youth development programs, while providing concrete action steps.

 

Understanding Your Impact:
The Basics of Monitoring and Evaluation Webinar:
This web-based lecture initially aired live on June 25th 2013 and discussed the capacity building and evaluation of sport-based youth development programs. The content is aimed at newer programs; this quiz will determine if its applicable to viewers, or if they should watch the   below video. This webinar was a collaborative production between Sport in Society and Up2Us.

 

Building Your Capacity to Show Impact:
The Next Level of Monitoring and Evaluation Webinar:
This web-based lecture initially aired live on June 27th 2013 and is a further exploration of sport-based youth development evaluation. The content is aimed at established programs; this quiz will determine if its applicable to viewers, or if they should watch the previous video. This webinar was a collaborative production between Sport in Society and Up2Us.

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