Executive Director, Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative

Posted by Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative on January 11, 2016

Executive Director
Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative (PYSC) – Philadelphia, PA
$120,000 a year

The Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative, a pioneer in advancing the nationally recognized field of sports-based youth development, is seeking a seasoned Executive who will lead the organization to build a sports-based youth movement in Philadelphia, pilot innovative programming and advocate for public policy.

Initiated in 2009 by individuals passionate about meeting the needs of area youth from under-served communities, PYSC was initially a coalition that took the lead in advancing the nationally recognized field of Sports-Based Youth Development (SBYD) to Philadelphia. SBYD engages youth through athletics as a means to advance positive social development, educational achievement, health, well-being and life skills. Sports are the hook; positive youth development is the goal. In six years, PYSC has grown to include over 40 participating organizations serving thousands of youth across Philadelphia.

PYSC is now ready to become a free-standing organization. A local philanthropist has generously committed $1.5Million over three years to capitalize the new entity, and will use its commitment and position to encourage other funders to also contribute to PYSC. The new entity takes as its vision and mission the following:

Vision Statement
Every child in Philadelphia will have access to a high-quality youth sports program grounded in the principles of positive youth development.

Mission Statement
To dramatically enhance the capacity of youth-serving organizations in Philadelphia to provide high quality, sports-based youth development programs to children in every community.

PYSC is the only organization within Greater Philadelphia positioned to advocate for the interests of the SBYD field as a whole. A newly incorporated PYSC will have the organizational capacity and visibility to create a coherent, systems-based agenda for the Philadelphia youth sports community. PYSC will mobilize local stakeholders to advocate for policy changes to increase funding and improve access to youth sports programs. It will also facilitate further innovation and collaboration among stakeholders, opening doors to new funding opportunities. In addition, PYSC will build on its prior work by providing training, capacity-building, and technical assistance to SBYD and other youth-serving organizations, to promote the use of best practices, improve data collection and sharing, and support local partners to dramatically expand and scale their work. Overall, PYSC will leverage resources and leadership to create a coordinated citywide approach to healthy youth development in Philadelphia, and become a national model.


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