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Community Recreation and Youth Development

In the Community Recreation & Youth Development program, students acquire leadership, programming, and management skills for careers in community and youth based recreation service agencies and facilities that are focused on enhancing the livability of communities, improving the quality of life for all people, and promoting positive youth development. Public park and playground use has increased 30% by families with children during the current period of economic difficulty. (NRPA) Non-profits, including youth-serving agencies, employ 11% of Connecticut's workforce and generated $8.7 billion in wages in 2008. (CT Association of Non-Profits)

Fast Facts:

  • The number of recreation and fitness workers should grow by 21.1% in the next several years, adding more than 120,000 new positions (The Bureau Labor Statistics).
  • Non-profits, including youth-serving agencies, employ 11% of Connecticut’s workforce and generated over $8.7 billion in wages in 2008 (CT Association of Non-Profits).
  • Non-profits made up 9% of all wages and salaries paid in the United States, as of 2009 (National Center for Charitable Statistics).
  • Countries with greater recreational opportunities also had higher rates of physical activity, lower health care expenditures, and lower obesity rates (NRPA).
  • Public park and playground use has increased 30% by families with children during the current period of economic difficulty (NRPA).

Department: Recreation, Tourism, & Sport Management

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Recreation & Leisure Studies; Community Recreation and Youth Development concentration.

More info: If you're considering declaring this major, contact Dr. Deborah A. Smith to get started.