American inter development bank has developed more than 80 programs for sporting

 The pilot program was launched in Brazil, Ecuador, and Uruguay. It trained more than 3,200 young people and nearly 50 institutions contributed to implement this sports-based training methodology between 2005 and 2009. The program has now been expanded and  replicated  in  many  countries  across  the  region,  reaching more than 12,000 youth in Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Uruguay, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. A  Ganar has  proven  effective  by  working  in  urban,  semi-urban, and rural areas, and has also been adapted to work with disabled people. 

 Evaluations  show  that  70  percent  of  the  participants graduate  from  the  program,  and  over  65%  of  graduates  secure formal  employment,  return  to  school,  or  start  a  business  within one  year.  Additionally,  more  than  200  businesses  have  participated  in A  Ganar by hosting internships, hiring youth, providing mentors, or sponsoring training. However, a quasi-experimental evaluation of the program implemented in Mexico does not find statistically significant effects. The Tree of Life Program ( Programa Árbol de la Vida ) aims to promote education, with a particular focus on youth employment. This program uses sports as a tool for social development, seeking to transform the lives of children and young people from low- income and at-risk communities. 

By improving quality of life indicators, the program also seeks to prevent violence. The program was carried out in Brazil (Betim) reaching 9,000 children and adolescents between  3  and  18  years  old.  It  succeeded  in  reducing  the  social  vulnerability  of participants by improving their social and educational conditions. Preliminary evidence shows a 40 percent reduction in illiteracy, and a 24 percent and 59 percent increase in primary and secondary education, respectively.

 Pescaíto  Program (Program  of  social  inclusion  and  sustainability)  not  only  seeks  to develop practical job skills by practicing sports but also to promote equal opportunity, social  inclusion,  and  urban  sustainability.  This  initiative  focuses  on  at-risk  children and youth in urban settlements characterized by extreme poverty and high levels of violence in the Pescaíto area of Santa Marta, Colombia. Activities that aim to develop lifelong skills include: (i) training and soccer matches to promote  good  decision  making  and  develop  values  and  skills  for  life;  (ii)  promoting interaction  between  the  sports  program  and  the  family  to  broaden  the  impact  on the  community;  and  (iii)  strengthening  relationships  with  stakeholders  that  facilitate development of the project. Activities that attempt to build urban sustainability and capacity  building  include:  (i)  providing  high-quality  comprehensive  care  (nutrition, education,  and  care)  for  children  from  gestation  to  five  years  of  age;  (ii)  training community  leaders  with  the  knowledge  and  values  to  develop  both  collective  and individual rights as well as responsibilities; (iii) promoting participation in democratic spaces; among others 

The  program’s  methodology  is  wide-reaching  and  encourages  peaceful  conflict resolution, gender equality, drug use prevention, sexual education, retention in formal education, the proper use of leisure time and skills for including young people aged 15-17 in the labor market. Expected  results  include  an  increase  in:  (i)  academic  performance  and  school attendance;  (ii)  comprehension  skills  and  an  improved  ability  to  avoid  violence;  and (iii) employment opportunities for young people; better overall nutrition and health is anticipated.

 Leaders and other community members should improve skills to develop and manage community projects and enhance community facilities. The program was launched at the end of 2016 and results are not yet available. The  objective  of  the  program Improving  Academics  and  Lifelong  Outcomes  In Children And Youth In Manizales ( Mejoramiento Resultados Académicos y de Vida en Niños y Jóvenes en Manizales ) is to improve academic and lifelong outcomes with sports. Implemented in Manizales, Colombia, the program has four components. 

The first one involves designing and implementing a sports-based program for improving academics and lifelong outcomes for 500 children and youth between the ages of 10 and 15 in Ciudadela Norte, Manizales. It is experiential in nature, and blends physical activity  (soccer  and  at  least  one  other  sport)  with  activities  specifically  designed to  boost  cognitive,  non-cognitive  and  socioemotional  skills  (e.g.,  academics,  self- esteem,  perseverance,  conflict  resolution,  respect  for  diversity,  ethics,  community building, leadership, and empowerment). 

The program also aims to reduce violence. In  addition  to  boosting  academic  performance,  the  program  is  expected  to  build basic  competencies  associated  with  positive  outcomes  in  life  (e.g.,  self-esteem, less violence behavior, goal setting, perseverance, conflict resolution) which will be measured with a series of tests developed with the Office of the Mayor of Manizales and Fundación Colombianitos. The Carrefour Sporting Center ( Centre Sportif de Carrefour ) pilot program supported the  development  of  extra-curricular  sports  in  the  Port-au-Prince  area  of  Haiti. Specifically, it provided children and youth with enjoyable sports- and activity-based learning opportunities to enhance their physical, cognitive and emotional development. 

The program supported the rehabilitation of the center, its equipment, and operational costs  as  well  as  the  provision  of  snacks  while  encouraging  young  people  to  play  an active and positive role in their communities. The  program  targeted  children  6  to  14  years  old  living  or  attending  school  within  a 1.5-kilometer  radius  of  the  Centre  Sportif  de  Carrefour,  Haiti.  So  far,  it  has  reached approximately 14,500 children (10 percent of the population) 

The program was subdivided into a school year program and a summer camp program. The first introduced children and youth to diverse sport skills and disciplines and used  age-appropriate  games  and  educational  activities  to  foster  positive  values, teach life skills, and educate participants about a range of environmental and health themes  relevant  to  their  daily  lives.  The  summer  camp  program  resembled  the school year program but with a higher proportion of more vulnerable and out-of- school children. The program offered 20 hours of supervised exercise per week and 20 hours of workshops on sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS,

 family planning and cholera. The Hope Sporting Center ( Centre Sport pour L’Espoir ) program aimed to build a high-level sports infrastructure operated by the International Olympic Committee in  Haiti,  with  a  team  trained  to  provide  young  people  with  access  to  sports  and other programs. The  Center,  inaugurated  in  2014,  offers  open  access  to  a  variety  of  sports,  provides athletes  with  high-level  training  conditions,  and  enables  national  federations  to improve the level of elite sport in the country. The Center also offers access to cultural, educational,  and  social  development  programs.  The  Center  is  also  an  arena  for promoting teamwork, fair play, and mutual understanding—values that are important far beyond the playing field. The key beneficiaries are young people of Haiti, as well as schools and communities. The Center hosted 100 athletes in its first phase of construction and accommodates 180 athletes when it is in full operation 

lastly, Training   of   Public   Officials   in   Sports   Management ( Capacitación   para Funcionarios Públicos en Gerencia Deportiva ) through an online course and international seminars  on  the  organization  of  mega-events,  trains  public  officials  in  the  following fields: new models of collaborative governance, evaluation of these new models, and lessons  learned  in  establishing  public-private  partnerships.  The  program  was  carried out in Brazil and approximately 200 mid-level public servants benefited; Argentina will replicate the program in the Youth Olympics 2018 

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