Applied Research Experiences

The LiFEsports Initiative builds knowledge and best
practices to inform youth development policy.



LiFEsports researchers continuously refine a curriculum that fosters creative problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork, and the development of healthy self-esteem among its campers. Youth develop a sense of community, increased motivation, and develop a greater belief in themselves during their time at camp. This curriculum is now being studied for its effectiveness in a variety of youth development settings, including summer and after-school programs.

Findings from the LiFEsports Initiative have been shared at national and statewide conferences, as well as have publications that focus on positive youth development and the prevention of risky behaviors. Articles on LiFEsports have also been published in key youth development journals such as Children and Youth Services Review, The Prevention Researcher, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, and Evaluation and Program Planning.


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