The National Association for Sports Based Youth Development Organizations 

Increasing SBYD Nonprofits' Capacity to Support Youth in Underserved Communities 

YSCN is the only dedicated national member association for Sports-Based Youth Development (SBYD) nonprofits that provide a sport or fitness activity to facilitate positive learning and life skill development in youth.

Here’s just a few ways YSCN supports these critical positive youth development nonprofits.

Advocacy – During 2021, YSCN had a leadership role in the advocacy collaboration of New York youth sports organizations and foundations that led New York to become the first state to adopt and implement a youth sports grant program funded by mobile sports betting.

More recently, YSCN collaborated with Baltimore youth sports nonprofits to form the Baltimore Youth Sports Collaborative and assisted these sports nonprofits to obtain new grants for their programs.

Research – YSCN conducted the first of its kind national surveys in 2020 and 2021 of SBYD nonprofits to quantify these nonprofits’ effectiveness before COVID, and during the first 6 and 18 months of COVID.

Connect – As a service to the SBYD community, YSCN publishes every month a free e-newsletter, SBYD NewsBrief. It cover youth sports programs news across the U.S., new youth sports-based research, webinars and conferences, fundraising events and results, and local, state and national policies and funding supporting SBYD nonprofit programs.

Why Join?

YSCN is the only organization connecting SBYD programs across the US to learn from each other's successes and challenges. Further, YSCN's national focus and research makes it uniquely qualified to successfully advocate on behalf of all SBYD nonprofits for additional funding and resources.

Membership in YSCN is for the entire organization so that the executive director/CEO, program and operational staff, coaches, and board members can participate for one modest annual fee.

Membership Info

Who Should Join YSCN?

Any youth sports nonprofit employing the sports based youth development model or any organization, both nonprofit or for profit, supporting the SBYD model can join as a full voting member. Affiliates, chapters or members of a YSCN voting member can join at the reduced rate of a nonvoting member.

A member's dues start at $100 and are based on the annual revenue of the member's most recent fiscal year when joining. Determine your membership dues here or click below.

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