ERIC Number: ED402370
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
After-School Programs for Urban Youth. ERIC/CUE Digest No. 114.
This digest describes the creation and operation of after school programs for poor urban students. Schools often sponsor such programs and find the advantages to be the credibility lent by the school, continuity of care, and easy access to resources. Some of the disadvantages to school sponsorship are higher personnel costs, the possibility of budget cuts, and the perception by students that the program is merely an extension of the school day. Many community and religious organizations also sponsor after school programs. The usual goals of these programs, which attempt to be fun, challenging, and comforting, are: (1) psychosocial development; (2) education; (3) recreation; and (4) career awareness. Considerations of student recruitment, parent participation, and community involvement must be factored into program planning. Effective recruitment and use of program staff and program evaluation are additional aspects program planners must consider. (Contains 10 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: After School Programs, Community Involvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrichment Activities, Extended School Day, Extracurricular Activities, Low Income Groups, Parent Participation, Poverty, Program Development, School Recreational Programs, Urban Schools, Urban Youth
ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, Institute on Urban and Minority Education, Teachers College, Box 40, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027 (free).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.