Mobilize Leaders

Build your team to get more kids active through sport without running them into the ground.

About This Module

Welcome to Mobilize Leaders

In this section, Project Play will walk you through exercises to help you create a strategy for how to rally community members to grow access to sport, based on your findings in the Landscape the State of Play module. The process is based on the five conditions of collective impact, a widely recognized framework that can create lasting change in communities. It is the framework Project Play uses in partnership with leaders in Baltimore, Harlem, Southeast Michigan and Western New York.

How To Use The Module

A Step-By-Step Approach

Follow Project Play through this step-by-step approach to mobilize leaders to give more kids in your community the opportunity to be active through sport. You will be asked to complete online activities and take in-person steps. The Teamwork Toolkit walks you through both the online and in-person activities. If you want to skip steps, simply click the next button to move on. Your answers save each time you hit “continue.” You can always come back.

When To Use The Module

Work Across Sectors

Once you have an understanding of the landscape of youth sports in your community – whether from the Landscape the State of Play module in this Teamwork Toolkit or from other research – use this tool to learn how to work across sectors to better serve children through sports in your community.

In This Module

Get Started with a Common Agenda

Based on what you know about your community, you’ll identify who has the least access to quality sport, why, and which of Project Play’s eight plays can make a difference. The information from this section will follow you through the rest of the process.

Narrow The Focus

Prioritizing what you want to focus on in this process will make the Teamwork Toolkit the best resource it can be. The information from this section will follow you through the rest of the process.

Claim Your Ambition

All good athletes know you need to set your sights on what you want to accomplish. Let us know what your goals are – and we’ll help get you there.

Shared Measurement System

You can’t manage what you can’t measure. Pick how you will measure your goals so you design interventions that match and you know when you meet them.

Mutually Reinforcing Activities

You’re the point guard of this process – and you need a good team around you. Identify how organizations from the eight sectors that touch the lives of youth can coordinate efforts with each other, making an even greater splash.

Create a Roadmap

It’s the Xs and Os part of the game. Your team needs tactics. Identify how each organization can plug in, who will take a leadership role, and how you as the point guard will motivate them to keep working with the team.

Identify Wins

Now it’s time to go for gold. What new partnerships, activities, or interventions will actually get more kids active? Following from your priorities, identify quick and long-term wins.

Develop Communication Channels

Teammates need to talk. All the time. Share information. Hold each other accountable. Support each other in pursuit of the goal. In this section, you’ll come up with your communications strategy – how you’ll keep your teammates talking. And how you’ll keep others talking about you, too.

Backbone Organization

It takes a dedicated leader to keep a collective impact effort going. Someone who wakes up every morning thinking about what’s next. Work through these exercises to identify who in your community that could be.

Build Your Game Plan

Success requires not just a team, but a game plan. Project Play will coach you through building yours. In this module, take what you learned in Landscape the State of Play to the next level. Drawing on the methodology of Collective Impact, learn how to rally others to join you in building a Sport for All, Play for Life community.