Youth Enrichment Through Sport
With a grant from the Sport Diplomacy program in the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, Sarah Young, PhD, and Bill Ramos, PhD, from the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington, are expanding their successful Youth Enrichment through Sport program to four countries in Africa. Using sports to bring youth into the program, Young and Ramos focus on teaching at-risk youth and those with physical disabilities between the ages of 14 and 23 about critical public health issues facing their communities. Over the course of the three-year grant, 17 adult leaders and youth from each of the four exchange programs will come to the U.S. for educational sessions about the importance of following a healthy lifestyle, youth development leadership, and sport and aquatic instruction. In turn, 16 U.S. youth and program instructors will travel to each African country to learn about cultural differences, enhance the mutual understanding of using sport to create healthy lifestyles, and develop leadership through the Sport Education model.