Community Youth Sport Development


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See the CYSD graduate program of study of (PDF) for 2010-2011.

Contact Dr. Tom Martinek.

Both Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in CYSD are available.

In the M.S. program, students are provided an advanced study in youth development and opportunities to further prepare competent, socially responsible physical activity practitioners for work in a variety of youth serving agencies as well as alternative school-based programs.

PHd candidates are involved in clinical doctoral work that prepares them to direct undergraduate and graduate programs in youth development at colleges and universities.

Concentration Description

The program concentration entitled Community Youth Sport Development (CYSD) offers KIN students a non-licensure program designed to increase their knowledge and understanding in teaching and leading in community-based youth serving agencies. It provides ample opportunity for community based research and evaluation.

Students will gain competencies in:
  • teaching
  • program design
  • implementation and evaluation
  • funds development
  • community collaboration
  • volunteer and staff management/supervision
  • addressing social inequalities,
  • cross-cultural awareness.

Rationale for Concentration

Within the last decade there has been an influx of school and non-school programs that seek to meet the diverse needs of youth. Shifting social conditions, such as economic hardship, the growing gap between rich and poor, disparate funding of public schools, and the growing elitism and privatization of non-school sport programs make it unlikely that the majority nation’s youth will receive quality physical activity opportunities.

Clearly, both school and non-school physical activity programs are required to address the needs of all youth effectively. Likewise, non-school programs, such as those offered through Boys and Girls Clubs, YWCA’s, YMCA’s, and municipal recreation departments require well-prepared physical activity professionals to provide leadership, innovation and dedication in enhancing the lives of all youth. The need for qualified and dedicated individuals to work in and lead these programs has increased dramatically.

A recent national study of programs offered through non-profit agencies suggested that thousands of new professionals are needed each year to fill community service job vacancies. The department of Kinesiology at UNCG is well-positioned to lead the field toward the systematic education and development of service-oriented physical activity professionals.