Training With InnerCity Weightlifting

October 30, 2012

Sport in Society conducted a workplace cultural competency training with InnerCity Weightlifting (ICW), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to reduce violence and promote professional, personal and academic achievement among young people on a direct path to gang involvement, former and active gang members, and young victims of domestic abuse through the sport of Olympic Lifting.

The response to the training was overwhelmingly positive. The SIS curriculum, program and implementation were regarded highly by all participants.  As one participant noted:

“I have had the opportunity to be involved in lots of training around diversity and leadership… but loved the tools you used.”

  • 100% of the participants agreed or strongly agreed that the quality of facilitation was high
  • 100% of the participants agreed or strongly agreed that s/he felt comfortable actively participating in the training
  • There was an increase from 50% before the training to 81.3% after the training of participants who either agreed or strongly agreed to the statement: “I fully understand the backgrounds of the youth ICW serves.”
  • Volunteers and board members seemed to learn the most about student backgrounds.  While only 28.6% of volunteers and board members agreed with the above statement before the training, 66.7% agreed or strongly agreed after the program.
  • There was an improvement for the whole group in their knowledge about gang involved youth.  However, the largest improvements occurred among volunteers and board members.  Among this population, highly knowledgeable members increased from 0% at the start of the training, to 33% by the end of the training.

When asked to choose one final word to share at the close of the program, participants said the following:

Great Informed Thoughtful Delighted
Useful Empowering Exhausted Open
Open-minded True Reflective Energized
Interesting Better Appreciative Vulnerable

There was significant knowledge and skill gain, as well as belief and attitude change.

  • Participants were asked to compare their skills and knowledge regarding 11 categories from before the training to after the training.  There was an increase in knowledge or skills for every category.
  • 14 of 17 respondents cited specific ways in which they were going to incorporate the training into their future work at ICW.

Two Sport in Society facilitators led the four hour training. Sport in Society created a tailored consulting and professional development curriculum for ICW that responded to the most pressing needs to prepare staff and volunteers with the skills to be mentors and leaders for all. For the complete report, please find it here.