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10.07.2014 Discussing Sport-Based Youth Development

International Sports Programming Initiative- Sport for Social Change

The International Sports Programming Initiative is funded by the SportsUnited branch of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), and the program is developed and delivered by Global Training and Development Institute. SportsUnited is a Division in ECA devoted to Sports diplomacy, and taps into sport’s ability to increase dialogue and cultural understanding between people worldwide. For more than sixty years, ECA has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Other ECA programs include the Fulbright Program and the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. For more information about ECA programs, visit: http://exchanges.state.gov/

Sport for Social Change

The exchange program provides a 2-way educational and cultural exchange to 20 professionals working in sport-based youth development (10 from South Africa, 10 from the United States). The program will encourage participants to share their experiences, challenges and successes in managing and organizing youth sport. While traveling overseas, participants will discuss sport-based youth development and the practical applications of using sport in working with youth in their communities. In addition, each participant will be paired with someone from the opposite country participate in a 3-day job shadow at their counterpart’s organization as a way to see the methodology in practice.

For the first portion of the exchange, South African fellows will travel to the U.S. with Dr. Marion Keim and Ms. Nariman Laattoe (of the University of the Western Cape) to participate in the 12-day U.S. based exchange, which includes a 3-day job shadow. After the South African fellows return home, all participants in this program will use a web-based platform to collaborate in the creation of a small social change project that uses sport to engage youth. These small projects, supported by mini-grants, will empower South African participants to use their previous skill combined with their experience in the United States to address a community need. In March of 2015, the group of U.S. fellows will travel with GTDI program staff, Roy Pietro and Danielle DeRosa to Cape Town, South Africa to learn more about the practical applications of sport-based youth development in the Western Cape region, and to also spend time at their counterpart’s organization to job shadow and work on the small grant-funded project.

Sample U.S. Based Agenda

For more information on this program, please email Danielle DeRosa.

(Canceled) 9/18/2014 Diaspora Tour & Panel

DiasporaIn recognition of the tremendous contributions that America’s diaspora communities make toward the development of their countries of heritage, Andrew O’Brien, Special Representative for Global Partnerships for the US Department of State,   is leading a Diaspora Tour that takes Washington on the road to:

  • Build awareness around the International Diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA) partnership;
  • Encourage creative partnerships between diaspora communities, local governments, and the private sector;
  • Demonstrate US government policy commitment to engage with diaspora communities;
  • Open dialogue with previously unengaged demographics and diaspora communities

Increasingly, cities are embracing diaspora communities as a tremendous resource for its own urban development and revitalization, as well as a great resource for building important economic and cultural links with diaspora heritage cities, countries, and communities.

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