Facility and staff from LiFEsports currently offer one undergraduate level class that focuses on youth development.
This course is offered to a wide variety of majors and specializations, and can be used as credit hours for over 23 different majors. This course, located in the College of Social Work, provides students with an opportunity to extend their learning in the field of youth development.
This course focuses on how characteristics of individuals, families, peer systems, schools, neighborhoods and other environmental contexts contribute to the development of social, academic, and health-related problems among youth. Students will learn to apply the knowledge and skills of generalist social work practice from a risk and resilience perspective to guide the design and delivery of prevention and youth development programs in sport, recreation, and play settings. Strength-based, positive youth development strategies will be emphasized. Diversity factors such as age, gender, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation will be critically analyzed as they relate to risk and positive developmental outcomes.
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