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Year Published: 2018
A national evaluation of the Up2Us Coach program by the American Institutes for Research found that youth who participated in the sports-focused youth development program made significant improvement from the beginning of the year to the end of the year in fitness, nutritional habits, and high-impact attributes that contribute to healthy decision-making, including positive identity, situational awareness, discipline, social confidence, and overall well-being. Greatest gains were seen among young people who had the lowest baseline level scores.
Program Name: Up2Us Coach
Up2Us Sports delivers sports-based youth development programs to communities across the country, with the mission of “inspiring youth to achieve their potential by providing them coaches who are trained in positive youth development.” Up2Us Coach, one of the organization’s three program, places trained coaches in community-based organizations serving low-income, urban youth. The program aims to support physical and mental well-being, build social and emotional skills, and provide mentorship to youth.
Scope of the Evaluation: National
Program Type: Summer, Afterschool
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Regarding race and ethnicity, among youth participating in the Up2Us Coach evaluation, 58 percent identified as African American, 24 percent identified as Hispanic, and 7 percent identified as Caucasian. More than half of the program participants were male (55 percent).
Program Website: https://www.up2us.org/