Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Boxing and Positive Youth Development Program for Long Beach Adolescent Males: A Grant Proposal Project
by Goncalves, Beth, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 67; 10751154
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this project was to write a grant for a youth development boxing program for adolescent males in Long Beach, California. An extensive literature review was conducted to investigate the best ways to incorporate combat sports into a youth development program with the goals of increasing self-esteem, enhancing social relationships with peers and adults, and supporting the development of healthy male identity. The program consists of two components: 1) boxing program and 2) group discussion. As many as 20 adolescent males would be served from three high schools in the city: Cabrillo High School, Jordan High School, and Polytechnic High School.

The program was developed to address the potential impact of growing up in economically disadvantaged and high-risk neighborhoods. Program goals will be achieved with a boxing program that includes post-training discussions. The integration of sports and group discussions will allow for an environment that can both support and empower adolescent males. Long Beach United Boxing Club, the program site, has a strong standing reputation of providing a safe and open environment in which youth can thrive. The Foundation for Global Sports Development was selected as the best potential funder because of its commitment to promoting the well-being of underserved youth.

If funded, this program would be a model upon which other programs could build. Combat sports involvement is an innovative and dynamic way to reach hard-to-engage youth and provide a supportive space in which they can thrive. The thesis project did not require the submission of the proposal.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Potts, Marilyn
Commitee: Brocato, Jo, Chambers, Ruth
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Sports Management, Social work, Gender studies
Keywords: Boxing, Boxing youth development, Combat sports, Group social work, Youth development, Youth sports program
Publication Number: 10751154
ISBN: 978-0-355-88213-1
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