TitleA case study of the process of formulating a strategic plan for a non-profit organization serving student athletes in urban communities
NameWycoff, Kirby L. (author), Maher, Charlie (chair), Boyd-Franklin, Nancy (internal member), Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology,
High school athletes--Services for--New York (State)--New York,
Urban teenagers--Services for--New York (State)--New York,
Urban high schools—Sports--New York (State)--New York
DescriptionQuality programs and services for student-athletes, especially in urban areas, provide opportunities for personal development, scholastic improvement, positive mentoring relationships, and life long health habits. Currently, however, our nation is faced with an increasing shortage of funding and budget cuts at the school district level that are affecting the availability of quality athletic programming for our youth. In an increasing number of instances, previously available programming has evolved to a pay-to-play model, which is particularly problematic for low-income urban student- athletes. Policy makers and other relevant stakeholders continue to look towards volunteer-based, needs-driven organizations to provide these services. This dissertation documents a case study of the consultation process with a non-profit organization in New York City that develops athletic programming for urban high schools students, using a Program, Planning and Evaluation (PPE) Framework. The PPE framework relies on basic assumptions and processes regarding organizational consultation. First, a program can be said to be worthwhile when it can demonstrate that value has been added to the target population. Further, the program can benefit from sound program design, that is based on a well understood and clarified situation, that is implemented according to design, and that is evaluated routinely. The purpose of this consultation was threefold: (1) identify the needs of the students-athletes, volunteers and other relevant stakeholders (2) clarify the context within which the organization, relevant stake holders and target populations were embedded, and (3) determine organizational readiness with regards to improving the delivery of athletic programming and mentoring services. Needs assessment data contributed to the clarification of the current state of affairs in the organization and directed the development of a strategic plan that will guide the organization, over the course of time, in realizing their desired state of affairs. Results indicate that the urban student- athletes are interested in sports-based development opportunities and there is interest in programs and services to address those needs. The extent to which the PPE framework facilitated productive interaction between the consultant, relevant stakeholders, volunteers and students is discussed. These findings are also discussed as they relate to the consultation process, professional psychology, and the strengths and limitations of the methodology used.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references
Noteby Kirby L. Wycoff
CollectionGraduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.