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Title: Making T'R'A'C'K'S' The evolution and development of a positive youth development program


1
Making T.R.A.C.K.S.The evolution and
development of a positive youth development
program
  • Stefan Ward
  • Jennifer Germano
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Sport and Exercise Science

2
Making T.R.A.C.K.S.
  • Creation
  • Implementation
  • Praxis
  • Re-implementation

3
Creation
  • Walkabout
  • Gibbons (1974)
  • Culminating challenge
  • Teaching 6th graders
  • Our goals
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork/trust

4
What is T.R.A.C.K.S.?
  • T- Teamwork
  • R- Responsibility
  • A- Adventure
  • C- Compassion
  • K- Knowledge
  • S- Service to others

5
Creating Goals
  • Based on Positive Youth Development Principles
  • Assets versus deficits
  • Children/Adolescents as
  • community resources
  • Promote resilience that
  • transcends contexts

6
Creating Goals
  • Know the community setting
  • Urban middle school
  • NE Colorado
  • Varying socio-economic backgrounds
  • Know your population
  • Multi-cultural population
  • 6th- 8th graders
  • After school program
  • Co-educational

7
Implementation
  • 5 Finger Contract
  • Front-loaded questions
  • Students choose personal
    meaning for TRACKS
  • Student created norms

8
Implementation
  • Find out what students think
  • Journals
  • Verbal questioning during closure
  • Flexible goals
  • Adventure

9
Implementation
  • Build personal rapport with students
  • Commitment to students
  • Be there everyday
  • Be prepared
  • Listen to student voice
  • Incorporate student input

10
Praxis
  • Reciprocal Process
  • Student input
  • Facilitator input
  • Post culminating
  • event debriefing
  • Reflections
  • Adjusting goals weekly
  • Based on previous student input
  • Set goals based on student input
  • Constant re-examination of goals

11
Re-implementation
  • Adventure to Basketball
  • What does TRACKS mean?
  • Students choose new personal meanings
  • Students set goals for the group
  • Chose basketball for content
  • Students created norms
  • 5 levels (Modified from Hellison, 2000)
  • Respect
  • Self control
  • Caring for others
  • Trust your team
  • Transfer off campus
  • (put it all together)

12
Re-implementation
  • Longer program
  • Longer unit (full semester vs. 5 weeks)
  • Added Mentoring
  • Different group
  • New students
  • Transient group
  • Student Choice
  • Change of format
  • Adventure to basketball

13
What They Learned
  • ADVENTURE
  • Defining leadership
  • Thinking outside the box
  • Benefits of Trust
  • BASKETBALL
  • Basketball competence
  • Tactics and Skills
  • Benefits of teamwork
  • Trusting others in the group
  • Respect and Responsibility
  • Transfer social skills
  • to off campus settings

14
Defining Leadership
  • I think a leader is a person that tells the best
    way and strategy of how to do things.
  • -Jordan-
  • I think being a leader can take a
    lot of challenge and trust in
    others
  • -Jennifer -

15
Thinking Outside of the box
  • TRACKS will help me become a better thinking
    person. It will make me be more creative with
    what I think about and maybe wiser.
  • -Jon Paul-

16
Benefits of Trust
  • It is hard to trust someone because you dont
    know if they are really going to help you or do
    the right thing.
  • - Carmen -
  • I want to have fun, trust, do group work.
  • - Jackie -
  • I trusted everyone because I knew they were in
    the same place as me.
  • - Jordan -
  • I would want to teach the sixth graders to be
    able to trust each other and work with each other
    smoothly. - Jon Paul
  • I trusted them to catch me when I fell over
    - Jennifer -

17
What We Learned
  • Clear Goals
  • Time
  • Plan for enough time to meet your goals
  • Plan to meet each week outside of program
  • Upfront planning
  • Equipment
  • Facilities
  • Management
  • Student needs

18
What We Learned
  • Student voice
  • Taking into account their likes and interests
  • Different groups equal different needs
  • Mentoring
  • Takes time to establish a rapport
  • Building a rapport pays off in the long run

19
What We Learned
  • Flexibility
  • Balance planning with student voice
  • Account for student choices
  • Back-up plans for meeting spaces
  • Facilitator Alignment
  • Agree on program goals
  • Match with students
  • Communicate thoughts ideas OUTSIDE of program
  • Regularly Scheduled

20
Future Directions
  • 4th 5th Grades (ages 9-11)
  • Greeley Basketball League
  • 40 students
  • 4-5 teams
  • 7th/8th Grade Coaches
  • Help with practices
  • Run the games

21
Future Directions
  • Sport Education/Personal Social Responsibility
    Model
  • Players will be responsible for
  • Organizing basketball curriculum, practices,
    drills, basket ball guide book
  • Developing group norms
  • Facilitate league play
  • Teaching younger
  • 3rd graders (at the end)

22
Future Directions
  • Incorporate UNC faculty and students
  • Weekend clinics at UNC
  • Sport science
  • Classroom time
  • basketball curriculum
  • Computer time
  • Partnership with local
  • elementary school
  • Work with experienced
  • physical education teacher

23
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