Greater Boston Area Youth Collaborative SPORT Leadership Program | City of Ideas

Posted 12/22/2012 by Collaborate Boston Application

Issue to be Addressed:
The Greater Boston Area Youth Collaborative (GBAYC) brings together individuals, groups, and organizations in support of programs, services, and activities designed to build a community of leaders amongst the Black and Brown boys, ages 9-15, in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan. The GBAYC believes that a holistic approach to growth and development can equip young men with strategies, tools, and resources to have positive and lasting impacts on their lives and the lives of others in their communities.
Sport for, Peace and Social Justice, (where young men take an) Oath of Respect, Responsibility, and Transformational Leadership or S.P.O.R.T. is a new Leadership Program designed to facilitate,  support, and enrich the capacities of young black and brown boys through programs, services, activities, and games. Each activity is purposeful and challenges program participants to broaden the scope of what they think, act, plan, and do.

There are seven primary issues and area of focus of the S.P.O.R.T. Leadership series. These are: 1) Peace, Reconciliation, Conflict Mediation, 2) Social Justice, 3) Personal Health & Well-Being, 4) Civic Engagement & Social Responsibilities, 5) Scholarship & S.P.O.R.T.smanship, 6) Public Service & Community Service, and 7) Character, Attitude, & Commitment

Project Proposed:
S.P.O.R.T. Leadership Program involves an intensive week-long summer and monthly programs, services, and activities designed around the core concepts. The young men will be housed at the Walker Center for Ecumenical Exchange/Lasell College, and key members of the GBAYC will facilitate, direct, lead, and mentor the boys using S.P.O.R.T. as the primary vehicle for association, recognition, acceptance, and celebration of the core concepts. Following the week-long intensive summer program participants will attend monthly programs centered on the core concepts presented at Lasell College, the Mildred Avenue Community Center, and other designated sites.

The GBAYC believes it is vitally important to support creative opportunities for boys to share their views on the leaders, leadership practices and models in their communities, and the varied issues that impact their involvement in their communities. S.P.O.R.T. will provide numerous opportunities for participants to share their perception(s), application(s) of leadership theories, and best practices in various leadership settings.  Sessions are designed to create a continuing dialogue, to challenge thoughts, to stimulate growth, and to instigate action toward resolving community issues, concerns, and problems, and to empower each boy to impact their groups and organizations (family, friends, etc.) in a variety of positive and lasting ways.

Role of Collaboration:
The members of the Greater Boston Youth Collaborative are committed to our mission of providing Black and Brown boys with tools, strategies, and resources that enable them to take transformational leadership roles in their communities. Each member is actively engaged in programs, services, and activities aimed at serving and meeting the needs of young boys in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan. And yet, the reality that each individual, group, organization faces is that human and materials resources are dwindling, programs and services are being reduced or eliminated, and there need for programs and services are ever increasing.

The Walker Center for Ecumenical Exchange is a dynamic global and multicultural meeting place located in historic Auburndale, Massachusetts, a short commute into Boston and to other popular New England destinations. Comprised of seven gracious homes on a sweeping 2.2 acre campus, The Walker Center for Ecumenical Exchange provides the venues for reflection, sharing, learning, and growth through the discussion of topics related to peace and social justice.

The Sport Management Association is a student-directed organization dedicated to enhance the professional development of future sport managers. The SMAs primary objective is to provide a forum for the students to meet academicians and practitioners in the Sport Management field through attending conferences, to gain practical leadership experiences in the Sports Industry, and to give students the opportunity to not only meet and speak with professors and practitioners, but also meet other Sport management students from across the United States. Service Learning, Community Engagement, and Civic Responsibility are all important components of Lasell College student’s development and personal commitment.

Mildred Avenue Community Center is adjacent to the Mildred Avenue Elementary School. It opened on November 17, 2003. The community center is a state-of-the-art facility that includes a gym, an exercise studio/weight room, large locker rooms, classrooms, a dance studio, community rooms, a computer center, a senior center with kitchenette, a 250-yard competition-sized swimming pool with balcony seating, a staged auditorium and a dedicated space that is fully wired to support a recording studio.

The Boston Reentry Initiative (BRI) is a partnership between the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, the Boston Police Department, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the District Attorney’s Office. BRI creates a formal inter-agency support system for inmates before their release from the House of Correction. More than 3,000 inmates are released from the House of Correction and more than 13,000 detainees from the Nashua Street Jail, annually. Research has shown that the first 24-hours after release is critical to offenders leaving the system. This partnership provides a multifaceted approach to help reduce the rate of recidivism for recently released inmates.

District Attorney Conley’s Community Relations Unit provides the link between the district attorney’s office and the neighborhoods it serves in Boston, Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop.
The Community Relations Unit works closely with the district attorney in his efforts to outreach and communicate with the various communities in Suffolk County and is responsible for promoting several key functions of the district attorney’s office beyond criminal prosecutions, including intervention, crime prevention, and educational programs. Staff members who work for the Community Relations Unit coordinate a wide range of community-based events, neighborhood and civic organization meetings, and safety seminars for residents and students.

Ulric Johnson, is the founder of Cross-Cultural Consultation and is a counselor and educator specializing in the role of color, culture, class, and context in the prevention, progression, and treatment of addictive behaviors, such as gang violence, drug use, drug distribution, and "isms".  He is also the founder and director of Teens Against Gang Violence, a peer leadership, youth and family program, comprised of Teens 12-20, Parents Against Gang Violence (P.A.G.V.), Children Against Gang Violence (C.A.G.V.), and Babies Against Gang Violence (B.A.G.V.). Dr. Johnson has a Ph.D. in Psychology from Southwestern University, is a certified Addition Specialist, AIDS Counselor, a Licensed Rehabilitation Counselor, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

It is vital important that individuals, groups, and organizations join forces, combine resources, and work together to meet the needs in the community. Members have promised to provide funds, in-kind services, training and programming resources, and human resources necessary to accomplish the goals outlined in the S.P.O.R.T. Leadership Program.

Impact:
The Greater Boston Area Youth Collaborative is a new and joint effort. By winning a Collaborate Boston prize, GBAYC and the S.P.O.R.T. Leadership Program will have the resources to support the summer intensive SPORT Leadership program for 200 boys and to support follow-up monthly programs for one calendar year. All participants will have the opportunity to interact and engage with students from across the Greater Boston area and to attend programs, service, and activities, at the Walker Center, on the Lasell College campus, and special sites located throughout the Greater Boston area.

Other information:
The S.P.O.R.T. leadership Program is a research, competency, and skills-based program for young Black and Brown boys. Understanding the most recent literature and the steps necessary to properly and appropriately train the staff, parents, and participants is vitally important as it is not personal opinion or preference or group-think that drives the SPORT leadership team. It is the research (classical and contemporary), the need to develop young men with knowledge, skills, and abilities, and the determination to make men whom are free-thinkers, driven to action, and prepared to challenge the status quo that drives this application and the passion of the leaders of the GBAYC. Thanks for the work that you do and the opportunity to build and continue the legacy of leadership required to impact the lives of young black and brown boys.

Primary Contact:
Dr. Thomas, is a visionary leader focused on results. He excels in cross-functional strategic and concept team consulting, intact workgroup consulting, and meeting design and facilitation. As a civic and community leader he has led successful interaction with civic and government leaders, professionals, faculty, staff, and students and a commitment to shared governance. He is a strategic thinker with exceptional project management and evaluation skills and a record of building successful collaborations and partnerships with P-20 local, regional, and state-wide school districts, Youth and Community Development, Recreation and Parks Management, public services organizations and prevention and intervention initiatives. He is committed to diversity and equal opportunity and is adept at  integrating and evaluating current research on education enrichment, youth development, recreation, and sport as it relates to the preparation and work of leaders, managers, & educators.

Partner 1:
The Walker Center for Ecumenical Exchange is a dynamic global and multicultural meeting place located in historic Auburndale, Massachusetts, a short commute into Boston and to other popular New England destinations. Comprised of seven gracious homes on a sweeping 2.2 acre campus, The Walker Center for Ecumenical Exchange provides the venues for reflection, sharing, learning, and growth through the discussion of topics related to peace and social justice. In keeping with a long-standing tradition of hospitality, The Walker Center for Ecumenical Exchange welcomes
-groups who seek day and/or overnight conferences and retreats focused on issues of social justice
-Interaction with Undergraduate and Graduate students studying topics of social justice in a living/learning community

Partner 2:
Lasell College - Sport Management Association (Majors Club)

The Sport Management Association is a student-directed organization dedicated to enhance the professional development of future sport managers. While education is a vital ingredient to achieving success, SMA provides Sport Management majors and those interested in the Sports Industry with internal and external college experiences. The SMA exists to promote participation in the SMAs and has as its primary objective to provide a forum for the students to meet academicians and practitioners in the Sport Management field through attending conferences such as the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), and the Stadium Managers Association (SMA), and to give students the opportunity to not only meet and speak with professors and practitioners, but also meet other Sport management students from across the United States. Service Learning, Community Engagement, and Civic Responsibility are all important components of Lasell College student’s development and personal commitment.

Partner 3:
BCYF Mildred Avenue Community Center

Mildred Avenue Community Center opened adjacent to the Mildred Avenue Elementary School on November 17, 2003. The community center is a state-of-the-art facility that includes a gym, an exercise studio/weight room, large locker rooms, classrooms, a dance studio, community rooms, a computer center, a senior center with kitchenette, a 250-yard competition-sized swimming pool with balcony seating, a staged auditorium and a dedicated space that is fully wired to support a recording studio.

S.P.O.R.T. monthly programs and services will be offered at the Center.

Partner 4:
The Boston Re-entry Initiative

The Boston Reentry Initiative (BRI) is a partnership between the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, the Boston Police Department, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office. BRI creates a formal inter-agency support system for inmates before their release from the House of Correction. The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department releases more than 3,000 inmates from the House of Correction and more than 13,000 detainees from the Nashua Street Jail annually. Research has shown that the first 24-hours after release is critical to offenders leaving the system.

Collaboration with this partnership provides a multifaceted approach to help reduce the rate of recidivism for recently released inmates.

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