Developing a Three-Tiered Sport-Based Youth Development Coach Mentoring Program

Vanessa LoVerme Akhtar, Boston University, USA

Theme: Professional development and mentoring

Program ID: SYM-03

Presentation: October 2, 2013 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Room: Jasperwood


This presentation will focus on the creation, implementation and adaptation of a three-tiered mentoring model for youth coaches working for a nationwide sport-based youth development program. Attention will be given to the initial design of the program, informed by research on adult-youth mentoring styles (Karcher, 2010; Karcher, Kuperminc, Portwood, Sipe & Taylor, 2006; Larson, 2006) and coaching efficacy (Feltz, Chase, Mortiz & Sullivan, 1999; Feltz, Hepler, Roman & Paiement, 2009). In addition, presenters will discuss how the three-tiered model was adapted in its second year to better fit with the organization’s goal of improving career pathways for youth coaches. Presenters will discuss the measures, both qualitative and quantitative (Feltz et al., 1999), that were used to better understand changes in coaches’ feelings of professional efficacy, support from peers and the organization, and their overall professional development. The presentation will conclude with lessons learned about implementing a three-tiered mentoring approach, geared toward coach development and the promotion of sport-based youth development principles.

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