Youth Arts and Sports: Underutilized Tools in International Stability Efforts

Sharing core norms and values
Jul 28, 2023 | Center for Strategic and International Studies

In one out of three countries, people younger than 25 are not eligible to serve in national governments, are excluded from decision-making spaces, and made to feel powerless. In their commentary for the Center for Strategic and  International Studies, Abigail Edwards and John Christianson find that regular physical activity, and organized sports in particular, can positively affect youth self-esteem, goal setting, and leadership. Arts and sports programs provide them with important outlets for teambuilding and social skill development that create resilience and serve as a buffer against recruitment into violence. They are also important for successful civic engagement and to improve the outcomes of all other youth development programs.

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