In response to the Grand Challenge of promoting the Healthy Development for All Youth, many programs aim to enhance the development and transfer of life skills. However, within sport-based positive youth development (PYD) programs, life skills are understood through adult-centric perspectives. To better serve youth, research is needed that explores life skills through the lived experiences of youth.
Thirteen youth, who met the purposive sampling criteria, participated in the study. Data were collected using two methods. Semi-structured interviews explored life skill development, while photo-elicitation interviews explored life skill transfer.
Findings illustrated youth developed, as well as transferred, a variety of intrapersonal and interpersonal life skills. Youth identified, defined, and applied life skills that were both explicitly taught by the program and others that were not.
Findings can be used to inform the strategic design of sport-based PYD programs and intentional facilitative coaching practices of their staff.