Youth Development, Sports & Recreation
Research is proving that gathering places, recreational facilities and sports opportunities are necessary for the healthy development of young people – especially those in poorer neighborhoods where other social options are few and destructive opportunities are everywhere. Those facilities and opportunities are also important to parents, who, through their child’s participation in sporting events, can meet their neighbors and become active in the community.
Better youth programming and employment/education opportunities are critical. Getting youth involved in park and after-school programs is a common goal; most communities are also pursuing more-aggressive outreach such as:
- Organizing an after-school transportation network, using church vans, to bring youth from schools to parks and other programs.
- Mentoring, part-time jobs, entrepreneurship training and tutoring for youth.
- Hands-on projects such as mural painting, studio recording, surveying, web site creation and sports leagues.
The Center for the Study of Social Policy offers examples of effective policies to ensure youth are prepared to succeed as adults.
This 2007 brochure contains guidelines for football field maintenance, intended to help develop a thorough plan for the upkeep of a new or refurbished football field in the community.
LISC Experts Online: "Get in the Game!!- Preparing your NFL Grassroots Proposal"
Hear about ways in which to plan a successful NFL Grassroots proposal and listen to representatives from LISC and the NFL explain the RFP, share best practices and discuss what makes for a winning proposal in this competitive grant process. View the recording | Presentation Packet
LISC Experts Online: "NFL Grassroots Program: Get In The Game II RFP Q&A"
On February 20, 2013, representatives from LISC's Youth Development & Recreation program hosted a follow-up webcast to address last minute questions about the NFL Grassroots Proposal. Hear answers about topics such as how to put together a winning proposal, the different kinds of grant funding levels, eligibility criteria and match funding. View the recording | Presentation Packet