Ohio State LiFE Sports About Us - Mission & Vision
Mission & Vision:
Although researchers and program administrators have been able to document the positive outcomes for youth, there is still much to learn. Little is known about what program characteristics specifically create positive outcomes for youth, as well as how youth workers can be better prepared and trained so that their interventions and program designs are more likely to create intended outcomes (Anderson-Butcher, Newsome, & Ferrari, 2003; Eccles & Gootman, 2002; Lauer et al., 2006). The field of youth development is still underdeveloped; it needs further research, improvements in program design and practice, and compendium workforce preparation enhancements.
The Ohio State University (OSU) will develop the LiFE Sports Initiative as an innovation approach to achieve the University's land grant mission. Grounded in enhancing scholarship through research, teaching & learning, and service & outreach, the LiFE Sports Initiative is intended to address and meet the needs of today's youth and youth-serving agencies and organizations. More specifically, the LiFE Sports Initiative aims to:
through service and outreach, teaching and learning, and research,
thereby increasing positive developmental outcomes for youth."
To learn more about the LiFE Sports Initiative, please read our detailed Business Plan.