Internship in Community Youth Sport Development Programs

Department of Exercise and Sport Science

February 2001


COURSE TITLE: Internship in Community Youth Sport Development Programs


PREREQUISITES: ESS 520 and ESS 521 and undergraduates must have a 2.5 GPA or consent of instructor.

FOR WHOM PLANNED: Undergraduates and graduates interested in working in community-based youth development programs. Students
elect to take this concentration within the Exercise and Sport Science Pedagogy major.


HHP 264

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION: Variety of field experiences in a community setting


Each student is expected to gain:

a. practical experience in working with staff, youngsters, parents who are connected to a community youth sport program (YMCA, YWCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, Municipal Recreation Departments, before and/or after school programs).

b. competencies in teaching, program design, implementation and evaluation, fund raising, and staff management in a community Youth Sport Program.

c. greater awareness of cross-cultural representation of students and staff who work in community youth sport programs.

TEACHING STRATEGIES: Conferences, group discussion, site observation, and feedback, journal writing

EVALUATION: Grading for undergraduates will be determined by evaluation of site supervisor and faculty member. Students will be required to maintain
and submit daily journal entries during field experience and summary of the experience. Graduate students will be required to do a reflective paper integrating agency operations with program delivery. (Graduate students will be required to provide more in depth, integrative, and analytic thought in written work and oral participation).


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The course will vary according to the placements available. A written agreement between the field agency and university is required regarding course learning experiences, quality and level of field supervision and course requirements. The field sites will be at various settings, some of which have served as clinical sites for other ESS courses. A point person will be designated for each site. Some of the sites will be community recreation centers, schools, Youth Focus, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Project Effort.

a. Orientation meeting
· Roles of agencies
· Roles of intern
· Evaluation procedures

b. Fifteen weeks teaching in community youth sport setting
· Boys and Girls Clubs
· After-and before-school programs
· Municipal recreation programs
· Church programs
· Alternative youth programs (Scales, Youth Focus, Juvenile Detention Centers)

c. Weekly seminars
· Cultural and political issues in doing community youth work
· Management issue in doing community youth development work
· Program evaluation
· Planning and teaching issues/concerns in doing youth development work
· Career education (Resume writing, interviewing, market analysis)
· Grant writing

ACADEMIC HONOR CODE: Each student is required to sign the Academic Integrity Policy

ATTENDANCE POLICY: All students must attend orientation meetings and provide written excuse for any absences. No unexcused absences
are tolerated. Students with any unexcused absences can be dropped from the course. Students with five absences (excused) must make up the days that are incurred above that limit.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Lesson planning and journal entries are required throughout the experience