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A comprehensive sport for development strategy using collaborative partnerships to facilitate employment among youth facing barriers

A comprehensive sport for development strategy using collaborative partnerships to facilitate employment among youth facing barriers

Publication type

Journal Articles

Publisher

Journal of Sport for Development

Year

2020

The collaborative development and delivery of “plus sport” employment training programs are promising strategies in a North American urban context.

Abstract

The collaborative development and delivery of “plus sport” employment training programs are promising strategies to increase work readiness, life skills, and employment among youth facing barriers to positive development in a North American urban context. Three programs developed and delivered at MLSE LaunchPad, a large urban sport for development facility in Toronto, Canada, provide a precedent for further implementation and study of collaborative programs that incorporate intentionally designed sport activities into a youth employment program. Strategic codevelopment and codelivery of “plus sport” programs with collaborative community partners and a mixed funding model involving professional sport organizations, charitable foundations, corporate partners, individual donors, and various levels of government are recommended to maximize sustainability and impact. Learnings to date at MLSE LaunchPad point to several key programming components for the successful delivery of youth sport for development employment training in a context of high youth unemployment rates disproportionately impacting youth facing barriers and a rapidly evolving job market.

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Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 16:28

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