October 24, 2022 3:26 pm

Action for Healthy Communities (AHC) is a dynamic, community-based agency for people of all ages and backgrounds and provides settlement and capacity-building services to improve their lives and communities through a unique community-building process, including support, mentoring, and training.

One of those settlement and integration programs at the AHC is the PASS (Participating in Arts, Sports, and Society) project. The main goal of the project is to address barriers that contribute to the low participation of BPOC (Black and People of Color) youth in recreational and organized sports, preventing their full social participation and decreasing their sense of belonging in the community. Through the research component of the project, we would like to identify barriers that BPOC newcomer youth face in their sports participation and develop recommendations for organizations and policymakers to eliminate those barriers.

To achieve this purpose, we are inviting your sport organization/club to participate in a survey to share your community’s perspective. If possible, we would like someone in your organization with the broadest organizational perspective (e.g., Executive Director, upper manager) to take the survey. The survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete. Survey questions are about, for example, your sport organization’s characteristics, barriers your organization faces in providing services for newcomer youth to sports activities and programs, and your organization’s efforts to address those barriers. The study was approved by the University of Alberta’s Research Ethics Board (Pro00120000). The project is led by Dr. Aisulu Abdykadyrova (AHC) and Dr. Shintaro Kono (University of Alberta).

There are no direct benefits for you or your organization. However, we hope that the study will help identify barriers to sport participation and integration of BPOC immigrant youth and recommend actions to address those barriers. We hope that these study outcomes will enhance sport experiences and the overall well-being of BPOC newcomer youth.

If you are interested, please follow the link to answer the survey questions. The first page of the survey describes all research ethics issues related to this survey.