Number of unique resources found: 31
Description: This summary presents key findings on differences in multiple dimensions of
participation in a range of OST activities and among youth from varying family income levels and racial and ethnic groups.
Description: ExpandED School (TASC), a nonprofit organization, was established by the Open Society Institute in April 1998 to enhance the quality, availability, and sustainability of after-school programs in New York City and State and, eventually, across the nation. Working in collaboration with the New York City Board of Education and other New York State school systems, TASC is funding programs designed to enrich the lives of children and help their parents, with the goal of making in-school after-school programs a public responsibility.
Description: This Fact Sheet summarizes findings and implications from HFRP's recently completed Study of Predictors of Participation in OST
Activities. It examines child, family, school, and neighborhood predictors of children's participation in OST activities, paying special attention to disadvantaged youth.
Description: The mission of the National AfterSchool Association is to be the leading voice of the after-school profession dedicated to the development, education, and care of children and youth during their out-of-school hours.
Description: The mission of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time is to ensure that all children, youth, and families have access to high quality programs, activities, and opportunities during non-school hours.
Description: The mission of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time is to ensure that all children, youth, and families have access to high quality programs, activities, and opportunities during non-school hours. NIOST believes that these experiences are essential to the healthy development of children and youth, who then can become effective and capable members of society. Our work bridges the worlds of research and practice.
Author: Pittman, Karen (6 more by this author); Nicole Yohalem; Alicia Wilson-Ahlstrom
Description: While significant progress has occurred over the past several years in terms of expanding both the quantity and quality of after-school opportunities, the ambitious idea of Â“after-school for allÂ” remains a distant goal. In this commentary, we push beyond some of the basic numbers to take a close look at questions related to access and equity, in order to surface tensions and share concrete recommendations for addressing concerns at the policy and program levels.
Description: SparkAction brings together the latest news, stories and tools from across the child and youth field so you can get informed and take action on the issues that matter most to you.
Description: The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for quality, affordable programs for all children. It is supported by a group of public, private and nonprofit organizations that share the Alliance's vision of ensuring that all children have access to afterschool programs by 2010.
Author: Pittman, Karen (6 more by this author)
Description: “The principles of good youth work apply everywhere. Help young people get them (and you) into their schools.”
Description: Problems affecting kids are well-documented. How do we know how well children in a given community are progressing? This framework offers common outcomes and indicators that can be used by youth development programs and initiatives.
Author: Arbreton, Amy; Carla Herrera; Jessica Sheldon
Description: P/PV recently launched a multiyear study to understand the role that Boys & Girls Clubs play in the lives of early adolescents. Beyond Safe Havens, a prelude to the larger study, reviews the range of evaluations that have been conducted on Boys & Girls Clubs over the past 20 years. The report identifies the potential benefits of the many discrete programs provided by Clubs and discusses three additional studies that examined the broader club experience. It also outlines the strategies that seem to have contributed to the ClubsÂ’ successes, as well as any challenges that may have impeded more positive results. The report concludes with a brief description of a planned longitudinal evaluation of Club members as they transition to high schoolÂ—an evaluation meant to provide documentation of the effect of teensÂ’ broad Club experiences on a wide range of outcomes.
Author: Pittman, Karen (6 more by this author); Nicole Yohalem; Alicia Wilson-Ahlstrom
Description: On February 3, 2003, the Bush Administration unveiled its request to cut funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program by 40 percent in fiscal year 2004. This date also marked the administration's release of When Schools Stay Open Late: The National Evaluation of the 21st-Century Learning Centers Program, First Year Findings, the first report from the federally-funded evaluation being undertaken by Mathematica Policy Research. With these events as the backdrop, this commentary addresses the potential for, and threats to, the development of a healthy, connected out-of-school time system. When and how are evaluations useful? What does the 21st Century evaluation tell us? How do the findings square with other studies? What is the state of system building in out-of-school time? What challenges lie ahead?
Author: Nordby, Ann (28 more by this author)
Description: This research spotlight addresses the issue of summer vacation. Developed to fit the realities of our American agrarian lifestyle, when youth helped their families by working in the fields, the school year has not changed to keep pace with today's lifestyles. Long idle summer months can add up over a lifetime to a big gap in learning between low-income youth and those who can afford to attend summer enrichment programs. But what makes a good summer learning program?
Description: "This commentary takes readers on a cross-country tour of after-school innovation – from northern and southern California to Chicago, New York and New Hampshire. In On the Ground we describe two very different school-based models in California. In Research Update we summarize lessons from recent evaluations of After School Matters in Chicago and the OST Initiative in New York City and identify studies to watch for. In Voices from the Field we talk with leaders from New Hampshire where an ambitious high school redesign effort is building upon successful high school after-school programs."
Description: Â“With high school reform now a front-burner issue, districts and communities cannot afford to have high school after-school on the back burner. In this commentary, we focus on how and why the high school reform and after-school movements need to be woven together to produce a solid system of learning opportunities and developmental supports designed to help all young people prepare for the future.Â”
Description: Here are ten tips for interacting with members of the press for youth-serving organizations.
Description: Read tips from two nonprofit board chairs about how you can encourage board members to be spokespeople for your cause.
Author: DeBord, Karen (56 more by this author); Lucy Bradley, Liz Driscoll
Description: Families who spend time outside together with their children in natural environments can increase their physical activity, connect family members with one another, and connect children with nature. This webinar focuses on a new toolkit, At Your Doorstep, developed by educators at North Carolina State University, aimed at increasing opportunities for parents and children to spend more time together outdoors.
Author: Eccles, Jacquelynne (1 more by this author); Jennifer Appleton Gootman
Description: This report confirms community youth development programs such as 4-H and makes important recommendations for program and research. The report can be ordered online.
Author: Sherman, Rachel H. ; Barbara Hanson Langford; Sharon G. Deich
Description: This resource outlines strategies for youth programs, intermediary organizations, local policymakers and youth advocates to create dedicated local and state revenue sources for youth programs. It also provides guidance and information on the capacity, funding, and community support required for these strategies, and profiles these strategies at work in different states and communities.
Description: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is a bipartisan, nonprofit anti-crime organization led by police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, victims of violence and leaders of police officer associations. Their main goal is to evaluate research to see what truly works to prevent juvenile delinquency and adult criminals. They advocate for this information be used in the development of public policy.
Description: Information about federal resources that support children and youth during after school hours.
Description: The National Collaboration for Youth has created this guide designed help organization identify or form an association of local child- and youth-serving agencies.
Description: Are you struggling with how to select and implement evidence-based strategies? The Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs has launched a new website, A Guide to Evidence and Innovation, which can help. Find evidence-based program directories, hear from experts in the field, learn more about the stages of implementation, and find relevant resources on federal tiered initiatives related to youth, a framework of evidence standards that could be used across agencies, and additional information for communities to select, implement, sustain, and evaluate evidence-based programs for children and youth.
Author: Hall, Georgia (1 more by this author); Joyce Shortt; Laura Israel
Description: The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) was commissioned by the Time Warner Foundation to investigate afterschool opportunities and experiences for high school age youth in 21 major cities. This paper explores some of the key issues and challenges facing program and city leaders in creating and sustaining afterschool program opportunities that engage the interest and participation of high school age youth. The authors discuss effective program characteristics and strategies for citywide collaboration, along with steps for cities and organizations to build their capacity to meet the needs of todayÂ’s teen youth during the out-of-school time hours.
Author: Bandy, Tawana (2 more by this author); Kristin Anderson Moore
Description: “Most research on participation in out-of-school time programs has examined markers that predict participation (or non-participation) in certain contexts and outcomes associated with this participation. Very little research has been done on individual factors (such as health status, academic achievement, and behavior problems) and background factors (such as family characteristics) that influence children and adolescents’ non-participation in out-of-school time programs and activities. This brief examines these other factors. Our findings indicate that, overall, child, family, and neighborhood factors matter.”
Author: Pittman, Karen (6 more by this author); Alicia Wilson-Ahlstrom; Nicole Yohalem
Description: The past five years have seen a ground swell in public attention and public policy aimed at increasing the availability of after-school programs for children and young teens during the "risk" hours when safety, supervision and homework are of top concern. Popularly called "after-school," these programs represent a new and growing variation on the broader group of out-of-school time programs and opportunities that have been around for decades--programs ranging from youth orchestras to soccer leagues that reach children and older teens. What does research tell us about after-school programs? What outcomes are realistic? What practices are essential? What changes are measurable? How does the call for scientifically-based research fit into the picture? In the first of a series of policy briefs focused on out-of-school time issues, Deborah Vandell, a leading researcher on after-school programs, gives a walking tour of the research. Kerry Mazzoni, California Secretary of Education, shares her perspectives on how research influences policy.
Author: Pittman, Karen (6 more by this author); Thaddeus Ferber; Alicia Wilson-Ahlstrom; Nicole Yohalem
Description: High school is becoming the next frontier for after-school advocates. The conceptual and practical leaps from programming for elementary and middle school students to high school students are significant, and the marketing challenges are huge. Arguing persuasively for investments in this population requires revisiting almost every strategic decision made, from public education to policy framing to partnership development. To support policy makers, program leaders and advocates in making decisions related to high school after-school, this commentary summarizes what we know and answers some basic but important questions.
Author: Vandivere, Sharon (1 more by this author); Julia Calkins; Kathryn Tout, Martha Zaslow; Jeffrey Capizzano
Description: This research study addresses issues related to childrenÂ’s self-care.
Author: Hair, Elizabeth (3 more by this author); Brett V. Brown; Cameron McPhee-Baker; Thomson J. Ling; Kristin A. Moore
Description: “This Research Brief presents the results of new Child Trends’ analyses on factors that have a bearing on whether youth become disconnected, updating previous research on the subject, as well as factors relating to youth reconnecting after a period of disconnection. To conduct these analyses, Child Trends drew on data from a nationally representative survey of youth which followed a sample of young people for four years. Overall, we found that a variety of factors affect the likelihood of an adolescent’s disconnection and reconnection, including demographics, family processes, youth characteristics and behaviors, peer characteristics, and community characteristics. Most notably, we found that participation in a job search, job training or school-to-work program is related to a lower risk of becoming disconnected. Our work reinforces the idea that involvement in programs and support from caring adults can lower the risk of disconnection among disadvantaged young people, a finding that should inform the work of policy makers and program providers to address the needs of this vulnerable population.”