A New Association for Sports Based Youth Development Organizations 

Increasing Nonprofits' Capacity to Help Children in Underserved Communities 

The Youth Sports Collaborative Network (YSCN) is a new member supported association for the community of hundreds of nonprofit sports and fitness based youth development organizations for children living in urban and rural underserved communities. These community based organizations help children be more physically fit, engaged in school, and increase their individual self worth to become good citizens. 

The First Annual State of Sports-Based Youth Development in the U.S. - Helping America's Most Vulnerable Children is now available. This report is based on the survey responses of 64 sports-based youth development (SBYD) programs. These 64 responses generated new data on SBYD programs for children from underserved communities located in 27 cities/towns from 13 states throughout the U.S. To learn more about the survey, please click here.

YSCN's Report supports all three goals of the association.

Advocacy — A Unified and Sustained Voice based on Research and Consistent Messaging to Increase Funding
Best Practices — An Information Resource in Nonprofit Management and Youth Development

Connected Community — Online tools that enable Ongoing Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing

The Youth Sports Collaborative Network is thankful for the generous support of the following:

Franz and Company for its communication design services,

George Washington University Sports Philanthropy Online Program for its professional support of YSCN's sports-based youth development research,

Pillsbury law firm for serving as nonprofit counsel to YSCN, and

Verified Volunteers for its preferred partner pricing to YSCN members to conduct quality compliant background checks for staff and volunteers. 

YSCN Research Shows Increased Sports Access for Low Income Children

Based on the online survey results of 64 sports-based youth development programs for low income children, the Youth Sports Collaborative Network found that 72% of these 64 organizations had more children in their sports/fitness programs than the previous year. Further these 72% led to a 26% increase in the total number of low-income children being served in 2016 than in 2015.

These results are in contrast to other research showing decline in youth sport/fitness participation. For example, the Sports and Fitness Industry Association found that in 2008, 30.2% of youth ages 6 to 12 were active to a healthy level through sports, organized or unstructured; by 2016 that number had dropped to 24.8%. More research on the decline of youth sports participation in the U.S.. and the affect of this decline on the increase in youth obesity can be found in the YSCN research report.

Click here to learn more about the report and how to obtain it.  

All YSCN members, along with the organizations and individuals that filled out the survey, receive a free copy of the report.   Click the button below to learn more about the benefits of membership. 

Membership Info

Who Should Join YSCN?

Any nonprofit organization providing sports, physical fitness, and health-related programs for children at any age may join as a full-fledge Voting Member. YSCN is designed to help such nonprofit organizations share their knowledge and experience as members with each other and create collaborative opportunities between them as well as with government agencies and businesses.

For profit businesses and their foundations concerned with a child’s physical fitness, health and social development may join and participate in YSCN as Supporter Members. Such businesses include sporting goods retailers, apparel and equipment companies, professional leagues, and technology services for nonprofits.

Organizations falling into these two member categories may join now to receive a free copy of The First Annual State of Sports-Based Youth Development in the U.S.  


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