The current appetite for data is taking a bite out of some youth organizations. Nonprofits that serve youth are finding that funders — whether they are foundations or government agencies — want more figures that show an organization’s impact, and they want to see more specifics of who the program serves.
ATLANTA — In 1954, the Texas A&M coach Paul “Bear” Bryant took a squad of players to Junction, Texas, and practiced all day in brutal heat. It was dangerous because Bryant did not allow sufficient drinking water. It also did nothing to make his team formidable, as far as wins and losses. The Aggies finished 1-9.
Still, for 50 years, college and high school coaches across the country have clung to the Bryant ideals and raised hosannas to the Bear for building toughness in his team with grueling workouts in the heat. A book was written and a movie was made based on the Junction Boys. The tradition of multiple practices in one day during preseason camp thrived for decades.
The so-called “two-a-days” and “three-a-days,” however, are going the way of phones with cords, at least in the college game. There is a culture change taking over football, or climate change, whatever you want to call it as college teams get back on the practice field in early August...
Eleven major foundations have pledged to spend a total of nearly $200 million for efforts to help boys and young men of color succeed, in concert with President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.
For youth in detention (including post detention) the rate of completed suicide is two to four times higher, surpassing the rate of adults most at risk in the general population.