ERIC Number: ED445823
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
America's After-School Choice: The Prime Time for Juvenile Crime, or Youth Enrichment and Achievement.
Newman, Sanford A.; Fox, James Alan; Flynn, Edward A.; Christeson, William
Noting that after-school programs have the potential to reduce not only juvenile crime but also later adult crime, this report examines the needs for after-school programs, the impact of such programs on youth, and the importance of quality programming. Following an executive summary, the report is presented in six chapters. Chapter 1 details statistics showing that unsupervised youth are at risk for becoming crime victims, having an automobile accident, or engaging in other risky behavior during the hours after school. Chapter 2 presents research findings suggesting that after-school programs cut crime and violence; cut smoking, drug use, and sex; and enhance educational and social development because they provide a safe haven and influence youth values and skills. Chapter 3 describes federal grant programs funding after-school programs, noting that the need for after-school programs remains unmet. Chapter 4 discusses the importance of quality and argues for evaluating program design and providing adequate funds to attract, train, and retain good, caring program staff. Chapter 5 argues that investments in after-school programs pay for themselves in lives and in tax dollars. Chapter 6 presents findings indicating that law enforcement professionals believe that providing after-school programs is one of the most effective strategies for reducing youth violence. (Contains 68 endnotes.) (KB)
Descriptors: After School Education, After School Programs, Crime, Elementary Secondary Education, Prevention
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, After-School Report, 2000 P Street, N.W., Suite 240, Washington, DC 20036 ($12). For full text: http://www.fightcrime.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.; DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, New York, NY.; Grant (W.T.) Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Washington, DC.