The Asphalt Green Girls Fitness Leadership Program…

cover_asphalt_shadowNancy Jacobs with Leah Namour (1999).  The Asphalt Green Girls Fitness Leadership Program Final Evaluation Report. New York, NY: Research and Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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Asphalt Green created the Fitness Leadership Program (FLP) in 1997 when presented with the opportunity to partner with the Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem. The program was designed to fulfill the New York City Board of Education requirements for physical education and health for girls in grades 7 through 10.  The curriculum was developed through collaboration between Colombia University Teachers College and Asphalt Green.

The goal of the Fitness Leadership Program was to provide developmentally appropriate, gender-based curriculum, in an effort to address the fitness, health, and personal development needs of adolescent girls.  The FLP was to include both physical fitness activity and health education seminar components, and these components would be conceptually linked in order to present an integrated curriculum to the girls.  Using qualitative methods the evaluation team revealed that the curriculum content met state requirements for health and physical education, and the program was delivered in such a way as to create an engaging challenging, and appropriate learning experience for the girls.  This process evaluation suggests strong support for implementation of this developmentally-based and gender-specific health education program.