Youth Development in Sport and Recreation
The Ontario Provincial Consortium on Youth in Recreation received project funding from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Recreation ‘Community Sport Opportunity Fund’ to: Research; Identify; Test; and Confirm the key elements that are common to quality recreation and sport youth development programs. This project will have specific emphasis on elements that encourage participation of lower income youth. This paper is the beginning ‘research’ component of this project. The intent of this paper is to pull together some basic information on areas of youth development, youth recreation, developmental needs of youth and lower income youth. It also references initial points to consider as to what approaches and elements can be found in a quality developmental experience for youth.