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  • There are so many amazing programs here – and what makes these groups so amazing are the dedicated adults who are leading them. Who knows the #1 reason why kids join sports programs? (FUN). This is true and one of the most critical factors that determines whether they’ll keep coming. As adults – we know sports programs, especially those that use youth development, are so much more than fun and games. Today, we want to tell you a little about our program, why it works, how it works and hope some of our suggestions may work for you. Girls in the Game does not solely teach girls how to play sports, we use sports to teach girls. We focus on 4 pillars: Sports. Health. Leadership. Life
  • We know girls are strong and smart and when given the chance they can develop their full potential and make the world a better place. Kids learn by doing (so do we) – so in our programs we have an opportunity to NOT JUST TELL, BUT SHOW THEM and let them experience what it feels like to feel capable, confident and healthy. If we are standing on the sidelines with our whistles or talking to other adults, we will miss those teachable moments found through play. We have the best jobs – we have the opportunity to make a difference everyday and help the kids we work with do the same. These are the year round programs we lead for over 3,000 girls in Chicago every year.
  • We often get asked why girls. It’s a good question and I have a good answer. One size does not fit all – although there are so many co-ed programs I know who are doing outstanding work – and lead numerous successful mixed gender programs (art, music, tutoring, etc.) the reality is that addressing the needs of the whole girl or boy (sports, health, nutrition, body image, self -esteem and leadership) is very different -- and I mean more than recess, free play or even a league – what I am talking about is using our programs to impact youth development. Differences PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: exposure, comfort, physical abilities, process vs. outcome HEALTH: hygiene, body-image, etc. LEADERSHIP: speaking up, using your voice, dealing with aggression, feelings, etc.
  • The three components are always integrated – Can’t play, but eat poorly Can’t eat well, but not move Underlying issues of self-esteem, worth and belonging have got to be addresses Ongoing and long-term Pay it forward Families Evaluation
  • The Best Practice Manual offers youth service providers a comprehensive guide to develop and implement a quality and successful youth program. We have taken what we know works and created a comprehensive guide build and improve programming.
  • The chapters we have included are what we believe to be all the pieces to create and implement a quality youth program. Plan for putting policies and procedures in place for a quality program.
  • RECRUIT participants Successful recruitment involves identifying a target population, choosing effective recruitment locations and methods and speaking about the program with girls and their parents or guardians. Once enrolled, communication with participants and their parents or guardians prior to the program start is recommended.
  • We encourage you to look at each of these items and evaluate your program based on each item, but we would like you to assess yourself on the last item in the list. 3- have this in place and is effective 2 we have started but needs work 1- we do not have this in place
  • According to how you assessed yourself on the assessment fill in this sheet with the others in your group. Choose one way to best address this issue with your group and record it on the poster.
  • Professional development for interested youth service providers on specific topics.
  • 2010 urban soccer collaborative ensuring safety

    1. 1. Organizational Development 101 Health and Safety Presenters Amy Skeen, Executive Director Monique Turner, Programs Director Kristi Skala, Training and Evaluation Manager
    2. 2. Workshop Objectives <ul><li>I. Hear about Girls in the Game, a successful program model that uses an integrated curriculum of physical activity, nutrition education and leadership/self-esteem development </li></ul><ul><li>II. Experience Girls in the Game Best Practice Manual through and assessment activity </li></ul><ul><li>III. Learn Best Practices for Health and Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Learn how you can become a part of Spring Training </li></ul>
    3. 3. Sports. Health. Leadership. Life.
    4. 4. Mission Girls in the Game provides and promotes sports & fitness opportunities, nutrition & health education, and leadership development to enhance the overall health and well-being of all girls.                                                                                                                     Since 1995, has emerged as a leading girls' health and fitness organization in Chicago. Every year, Girls in the Game empowers more than 3,000 girls to make healthier choices and develop the confidence and leadership skills they need to succeed on and off the field. From yoga and lacrosse to soccer and dance, Girls in the Game, exposes girls to a wide and energizing mix of sports and fitness activities year round. Our Programs: Girls’ Advisory Board After School Summer Camp Varsity Squad Game Days Leadership Development Parent and Family Initiatives Spring Training Girls are encouraged to get in the game —any game—so they can learn teamwork and determination, and to make choices that lead to a happier, healthier life.
    5. 5. About the Girls Girls in the Game welcomes girls from diverse backgrounds and abilities, ages 6-18. Participants live in a cross-section of neighborhoods on the north, south, and west sides of Chicago, as well as in the suburbs.
    6. 6. <ul><li>About our Model </li></ul><ul><li>Girls in the Game is one of the only </li></ul><ul><li>organizations, in Chicago and the nation, </li></ul><ul><li>that addresses girls’ physical, mental, and </li></ul><ul><li>emotional health with a comprehensive </li></ul><ul><li>approach to their well-being.  </li></ul><ul><li>Unlike many traditional youth programs, </li></ul><ul><li>Girls in the Game: </li></ul><ul><li>addresses the needs of the whole girl </li></ul><ul><li>exposes girls to multiple sports and fitness activities always integrated with nutrition & health education and leadership development </li></ul><ul><li>engages girls and young women ages 6-18 year-round and for the long term </li></ul><ul><li>provides peer-to-peer education as well as parent and community involvement </li></ul><ul><li>uses a comprehensive program that’s proven to work </li></ul>
    7. 8. <ul><li>Spring Training </li></ul><ul><li>Best Practice Manual Chapters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BUILD the team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ESTABLISH the program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RECRUIT participants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LEAD the program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>INVOLVE parents and guardians </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ENSURE safety and health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EVALUATE program effectiveness </li></ul></ul>
    8. 9. ENSURE safety and health <ul><li>UNDERSTAND program expectations </li></ul><ul><li>RECEIVE orientation and training </li></ul><ul><li>IDENTIFY Coaches </li></ul><ul><li>MANAGE basic first aid </li></ul><ul><li>DEVELOP medical care procedures </li></ul><ul><li>COMPLY with Mandated Reporter Status </li></ul><ul><li>MAINTAIN professional boundaries </li></ul>
    9. 10. ENSURE HEALTH AND SAFETY ASSESSMENT <ul><li>(Rank yourself: 3=completed, 2=started, 1=not started) </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>1. We have a standardized and effective process for recruiting quality coaches. 3 2 1 </li></ul><ul><li>2. We have a standardized and effective orientation and training program for coaches. 3 2 1 </li></ul><ul><li>3. All of our coaches have cleared background checks before working with youth. 3 2 1 </li></ul><ul><li>4. All of our coaches are CPR and First Aid certified. 3 2 1 </li></ul><ul><li>5. We have more than one coach assigned to lead sessions. 3 2 1 </li></ul><ul><li>6. We have scheduled trainings and meetings which coaches are required to attend. 3 2 1 </li></ul><ul><li>7. Coaches communicate with each other between sessions and in advance to discuss </li></ul><ul><li>schedule changes or program issues. 3 2 1 </li></ul><ul><li>8. Coaches demonstrate a high level of professionalism when working with youth or </li></ul><ul><li>interacting with parents or guardians. 3 2 1 </li></ul><ul><li>9. We evaluate coaches annually, providing them with a written evaluation. 3 2 1 </li></ul><ul><li>10. We have a transition plan to effectively handle changes in staffing, while providing </li></ul><ul><li>minimal disruption in programming for youth. 3 2 1 </li></ul>
    10. 11. ESURE SAFETY AND HEALTH ACTION PLAN  Review the items in the Ensure Safety and Health Assessment sheet. Record each item that received a rank of 1 or 2 in the Action Plan below. This tool can help provide a measurable plan to improve skill or operations, as needed. What needs improvement? What will be done? Who is responsible and what resources are needed? When will this be completed? 1. 2.
    11. 12. <ul><li>UNDERSTAND Program Expectations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Standardized policies and procedures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consistency </li></ul></ul>Ensure Safety and Health <ul><li>RECEIVE orientation and training </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Background checks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CPR/First Aid </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Orientation and ongoing </li></ul></ul>
    12. 13. <ul><li>IDENTIFY Coaches </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Uniform and/or name tag </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set location </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Know names (“Coach” ______) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Substitutes </li></ul></ul>Ensure Safety and Health
    13. 14. <ul><li>MANAGE basic first aid </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Forms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emergency policy and procedures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>First aid kits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phone access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accident/Incident forms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicate </li></ul></ul>Ensure Safety and Health
    14. 15. <ul><li>COMPLY with Mandated Reporter Status </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Know the law </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Standardized policy and procedures </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MAINTAIN Professional Boundaries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Friendly” not “Friends” with </li></ul></ul>Ensure Safety and Health
    15. 16. Spring Training <ul><li>Professional Development </li></ul><ul><li>Certification Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Best Practice Manual </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spring Training Curriculum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow up support </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Web Based access </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For more information on Spring Training please go to our website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.girlsinthegame.org or call Girls in the Game at 312.633.4263. </li></ul></ul>
    16. 17. Amy Skeen, MSW, LCSW, Executive Director , holds her Master ユ s Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Amy has fifteen years of experience in nonprofit program operations, specifically working with youth and families. She earned a Type 73 certificate that qualifies her to provide social work services to children with special needs in a school setting. Amy has received numerous awards for her leadership including One of Chicago ユ s Top Women Making a Difference for Girls, (Women Employed 2008). Kristi Skala, MS, Training and Evaluation Manager , holds her Masters in School and College Health Programs from Indiana University. Kristi is passionate about health education for youth, especially knowing the impact sports and living a healthy lifestyle had on her growing up. Upon graduating from her Master ユ s program she became the Curriculum Developer for the Physical Education Walk Across Illinois School Fitness Program. Monique Turner, Programs Director , holds a Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership/School Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University. Prior to joining Girls in the Game, Monique led programs at the Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Schools. Monique is passionate about coordinating healthy lifestyle programs for girls because girls who are physically active are more likely to be successful in and out of school. About the Presenters