Hello Insight recently released a study supported by Laureus USA and the Allstate Foundation - Sports-Based Youth Development: Hitting a Home Run In SEL. This study showed that youth sports programs play a significant role in fostering critical social and emotional learning (SEL) skills necessary to succeed in school, careers, and life, especially for young people of color.

As a follow up to this study, Hello Insight was asked to identify organizations that did exceptional work to strengthen these outcomes during the 2018/2019 school year (prior to the COVID 19 pandemic and reflecting data from the study). We analyzed data from 90 SBYD programs and identified ten that supported a high proportion of African American and Latin(o)(a)(x) young people to develop significant and meaningful gains in SEL, which have been shown to rival academic or technical skills in their ability to predict employment and earnings. While the demand for such skills has increased over the past 20 years, many employers around the world have reported that job candidates lack the soft skills needed to fill the available positions. In the face of current societal, economic, environmental, and social challenges, the promotion of these nonacademic skills is seen as more critical than ever before.

We are honored to present these organizations with HI Impact Awards for their work in Sports-Based Youth Development:

Beat The Streets - NYC

Girls In The Game


L.E.A.D Center for Youth

Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation

Metro Squash

New Heights NYC

Play Rugby USA

Starfinders Foundation

Washington Nationals Philanthropies

We look forward to learning more about their work and about how they support young people of color through the study directed by Dr. Akilah Carter-Francique, executive director of the Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change. Stay tuned!