In an effort to improve access to sport for youth in East Harlem, the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program, Mount Sinai Health System, the Harris Family Charitable Foundation, and Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund have partnered to launch "Project Play: Harlem."

This survey will help our team understand the unique context of sports in East Harlem. The insights shared will inform the findings in a “State of Play” report that includes recommendations for growing the quality and quantity of community sport activities.

If you have any questions about this survey and/or Project Play: Harlem, please reach out to Ranya Bautista (212.895.8026, ranya.bautista@aspeninstitute.org). Thanks in advance for your insights.

* 1. Please tell us about yourself

* 2. Can we share your email information with our network?

* 3. If you represent an organization, please share its mission and number of youth served.

* 4. Are there any underrepresented population(s) your organization primarily serves? (Check all that apply)

We will evaluate the landscape of youth sports through the lens of the Project Play strategies ("Plays"), or eight areas of opportunity for stakeholders to engage more youth in quality sport activity.

Below, please identify at least one major barrier to stakeholders delivering on each of the plays. The more specific to challenges facing communities in the East Harlem, the better. If you know of an innovative program or sports/recreation facility, please share your knowledge of that program as well. 

Then, beneath each insight box, please also share a grade that answers how well you think stakeholders in Harlem are serving youth in that category.

Play: "Ask Kids What They Want"
Bring voice of the youth into decision-making process around youth sports

* 5. Please identify at least one major barrier to stakeholders in East Harlem delivering on the above "play." Also, if you'd like, identify a program doing innovative work in that area.

* 6. What grade do you give stakeholders in giving kids a voice in designing sport activity?

Play: "Reintroduce Free Play"
Create opportunities to engage in unstructured/pickup play

* 7. Please identify at least one major barrier to stakeholders in East Harlem delivering on the above "play." Also, if you'd like, identify a program doing innovative work in that area.

* 8. What grade do you give stakeholders in encouraging free play for kids?

Play: "Encourage Sport Sampling"
Foster multi-sport play, exposure to new sports

* 9. Please identify at least one major barrier to stakeholders in East Harlem delivering on the above "play." Also, if you'd like, identify a program doing innovative work in that area.

* 10. What grade do you give stakeholders in encouraging sport sampling for kids?

Play: "Revitalize In-Town Leagues"
Grow availability of local, affordable sport options

* 11. Please identify at least one major barrier to stakeholders in East Harlem delivering on the above "play." Also, if you'd like, identify a program doing innovative work in that area.

* 12. What grade do you give stakeholders in providing quality, community-based leagues?

Play: "Think Small"
Be creative in developing, adapting recreation spaces

* 13. Please identify at least one major barrier to stakeholders in East Harlem delivering on the above "play." Also, if you'd like, identify a program doing innovative work in that area.

* 14. What grade do you give stakeholders in providing sufficient spaces for kids to play?

Play: "Design for Development"
Anchor sport programs in age-appropriate play

* 15. Please identify at least one major barrier to stakeholders in East Harlem delivering on the above "play." Also, if you'd like, identify a program doing innovative work in that area.

* 16. What grade do you give stakeholders in providing developmentally appropriate programs?

Play: "Train All Coaches"
Ensure youth sport leaders are qualified in key competencies

* 17. Please identify at least one major barrier to stakeholders in East Harlem delivering on the above "play." Also, if you'd like, identify a program doing innovative work in that area.

* 18. What grade do you give the state of youth sport coaching?

Play: "Emphasize Prevention"
Embrace policies that limit head, other injuries

* 19. Please identify at least one major barrier to stakeholders in East Harlem delivering on the above "play." Also, if you'd like, identify a program doing innovative work in that area.

* 20. What grade do you give the stakeholders in preventing brain, other injuries?

* 21. What overall grade do you give the stakeholders in East Harlem in getting kids active through sports?

* 22. Please identify any reports or articles that you believe we should read as part of our literature review of youth sport and recreation in East Harlem, or any databases that list programs and recreation sites.

* 23. How can Project Play: Harlem help you in your work?

* 24. In what ways, if any, would you or your organization consider engaging with the Aspen Institute around this initiative? (Check all that apply)

* 25. Are there other leaders that you recommend we speak to? Any contact information you can share would also be helpful.

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