ERIC Number: ED311113
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
After School Programs for Low-Income Young Adolescents: Overview and Program Profiles. Working Paper No. 194.
This report summarizes research on the problems of young adolescent latchkey children and describes 18 programs designed to address their needs. There is growing consensus that young adolescents (10 to 15 years of age), as well as elementary school children, may be at risk when left on a regular basis in unsupervised settings. Children in sibling- or self-care are susceptible to the development of anti-social behaviors, to accident or injury, and to sexual activity or abuse. Time out of school can provide valuable opportunities for enriching educational and recreational experiences, but public and private funding shortages severely restrict access, necessitating public policy initiatives. Among criteria for successful programs for young adolescents are the following elements: (1) physical activity; (2) diversity of experience; (3) self-exploration and definition; (4) positive interaction with peers and adults; (5) competence and achievement; (6) structure and clear limits; (7) creative expression; and (8) meaningful participation. The report reviews what parents and children say they want in programs, and finds the need for new methods, strategies, and intergenerational relationships. The programs profiled address the need for meaningful community involvement and provide essential peer group activities for participants. A list of 13 references is appended. (AF)
Descriptors: Adolescents, After School Programs, Childhood Needs, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, High School Students, Junior High School Students, Latchkey Children, Low Income Groups, Preadolescents, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Supplementary Education, Urban Youth
The Center for Research on Women, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA 02181 ($4.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Children's Defense Fund, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wellesley Coll., MA. Center for Research on Women.