Facilitating Positive Youth Development by Fostering Collaboration Among Community-Based Sport and Physical Activity Programs

in The Sport Psychologist

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Al PetitpasSpringfield College

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Positive youth development (PYD) programs assist youth in acquiring the skills, attitudes, and values that are critical in coping with various risk factors in their communities. The purpose of this paper is to highlight strategies that sport psychology consultants can use to support PYD programs and develop collaboration and consistency of delivery among community youth serving agencies that use sport and physical activity-based experiences to promote positive youth development. In particular, the role of sport psychology consultants within sport and physical activity programs that serve as a catalyst for community youth development (CYD) is examined. Barriers to collaboration among community-based organizations are identified and strategies to overcome these obstacles are proposed. Sport psychology consultants are in a unique position to support PYD and CYD in the athletes and communities they serve.

Petitpas and Van Raalte are with the Psychology Dept., Springfield College, Springfield, MA. France is with the Physical Education Dept., Springfield College, Springfield, MA.

Address author correspondence to Al Petitpas at apetitpa@springfield college.edu.
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