The LiFEsports Initiative provides ongoing educational experiences for professionals currently working in the field of youth development. These continuing education experiences are targeted toward those professionals currently working in a youth development setting such as a youth- serving non-profit agencies, afterschool programs, or youth sport and recreation programs.
The LiFEsports Initiative provides a number of seminars designed to increase the skills of current youth workers already, working in the field. These seminars range in topic and are co-crafted with the youth organization to meet the needs of the particular agency and their staff. Past seminars have focused on: best practices in behavior management, sustainability, intentional programming, and strategic planning.
Below is a listing of past professional development sessions, with associated presentations:
Wilson, M., Wade-Mdivanian, Anderson-Butcher, D., & Penner, M. (2012, June). Protecting youth at Buckeye Sports Camps. Presented at The Ohio State University Department of Athletics, Columbus, OH.
National Conference on Summer Learning. How do they Do it? Excellence in Summer Learning Award Winner’s Workshop.
18th Annual Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities. Collaboration in Teaching and Learning, Service and Outreach, and Research.
National Association of Social Workers – Ohio Chapter Conference. Enhancing Student Learning through Experiences with OSU LiFEsports Initiative.
17th Annual Conference for the Society of Social Work Research. Social development in a sports-based positive youth development program.
17th Annual Conference for the Society for Social Work Research. Predictors of social competence among African American teenagers participating in a sports-based positive youth development program.
Social Work Course – Resource Acquisition. Guest Lecture.
OSU Outreach and Engagement Forum. LiFEsports.
Proyecto FONDEF: Seminario Experiencias de Intervenciones Biopsicosociales en Contextos Escolares National Meeting. Learning in Fitness and Education through Sports: An evidence-based sports-based youth development program at the Ohio State University.
Mental Health-Education Integration Council National Conference. Opportunities within the Community and Youth Collaborative Institute.
March – May 2013
Office of Human Resources, The Ohio State University. Understanding your role in protecting minors at Ohio State.
Newman, T., Lower, L., O’Quinn, L., Paluta, L., Wade-Mdivanian, R., Davis, J., & Anderson-Butcher, D. (2014, September). LiFEsports as an exemplar model for community-level sport-based youth development. Presented at 21st Century Community Learning Center Multi-State Conference, Louiseville, K.Y. (Peer Reviewed).
Lower, L. M., Newman, T. J., Wade-Mdivanian, R., Davis, J., & Anderson-Butcher, D. (2014, December). Youth sport curricula to support athletic and social development. Paper presented at the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance State Convention, Sandusky, OH. (Peer Reviewed).
Newman, T. J., Lower, L. M., O’Quinn, L., Paluta, L., Wade-Mdivanian, R., Fraina, M., Madden, P., & Anderson-Butcher, D. (2015, February). Learning in Fitness and Education through Sports (LiFEsports). Presented at the Youth Sport Summit, East Lancing, MI. (Invited)
Newman, T. J., Lower, L. M., & Anderson-Butcher, D. (2015, February). Validity and reliability of the Teamwork Scale for Youth. Paper presented at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Midwest Regional Conference, Muncie, IN. (Peer Reviewed).
Lower, L. M., Newman, T. J., Paluta, L. M., & Anderson-Butcher, D. (2015, April). Student-athletes’ implementation fidelity of a sport-based positive youth development camp. Poster presented at the College Sport research Institute Conference on College Sport, Columbia, SC. (Peer Reviewed).
If you would be interested in having the LiFEsports faculty and staff work with your youth agency, please contact Dawn Anderson-Butcher (Anderson-Butcher.email@example.com).