REGISTER NOW: Up2Us Sports Trainings for Programs


This spring, Up2Us Sports is excited to roll out a new set of content focused on sports-based youth development program design, program quality, and evaluation. Targeted at program directors and program staff designing youth sports programs, this nation-wide launch includes new training events at every major regional Up2Us Sports hub during the month of April. Up2Us Sports is committed to inspiring youth to achieve their potential by providing them coaches who are trained in positive youth development. Sports-based youth development program quality, design, and evaluation are critical to this effort. These program-specific trainings will be added to the already robust set of coach trainings and membership resources that are so critical to the sports-based youth development movement.  Register for the training in your city below:

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Sports-Based Youth Development Program Quality

A primer on sports-based youth development (SBYD) program quality and the elements that contribute to achieving SBYD outcomes. Program design, evaluation, and coach support and training are all key tenants to building and sustaining SBYD programs that achieve their intended impacts. Participants will have the opportunity to assess their own organization against SBYD quality standards and workshop a portion of this assessment. Examples of best/promising practices in SBYD programs will be presented and participants will be given facilitated work time to collaborate, share ideas, and game-plan around one particular element of their program.

Seattle: April 7, 2017

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Trauma Sensitive Sports-Based Youth Development Program Design

Up2Us Sports presents a unique approach to designing trauma sensitive environments for youth development programs.  Our training is rooted in brain development and organizational design research and focuses on strategies that help programs provide a safe space for young people who have experienced trauma.  The training presents practical strategies for designing trauma-sensitive programming and for better-serving youth who have been exposed to trauma. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the impact of trauma on behavior and the ability to identify strategies that will work with their own program’s culture, program activities, staff and external stakeholders.

Chicago: April 11, 2017

New Orleans: April 12, 2017

Philadelphia: April 27, 2017

NYC: April 28, 2017

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Change the Game: Sports System Re-Design

Sports System Re-Design is an innovative strategy for leaders and administrators of sports-based youth development to modify the sport experience to achieve desired outcomes. In the past two decades there has been a significant growth in the number of programs and leagues that use sport as a way to achieve specific outcomes in youth development - both on and off the field. Coaches, league administrators program directors and other sports leaders are exploring how to create an experience that maximizes the positive impact of sport on players.

Los Angeles: April 17, 2017

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Sports-Based Youth Development Monitoring and Evaluation

This training will introduce participants to key concepts to consider when designing an evaluation plan for a sports-based youth development organization. The focus will be on practical steps to take to ensure your plan is consistent with program theory and a good fit for the capacity and needs of your organization. Participants will practice using “evaluation thinking” to reflect on their current methods or new methods they would like to incorporate into their program.

Miami: April 24, 2017

DC: April 26, 2017