ERIC Number: ED475873
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Increasing Opportunities for Older Youth in After-School Programs. A Report on the Experiences of Boys & Girls Clubs in Boston and New York City.
Herrera, Carla; Arbreton, Amy J. A.
Boys & Girls Clubs in New York City and Boston participated in a 3-year initiative to provide and enhance services to underserved teens. Researchers collected data via surveys of club members and staff; cost surveys of club administrators; interviews, focus groups, and observations at each club; and attendance information. Results indicated that these voluntary youth-serving organizations drew in many community teens. In 1 year, Boston added from 20-100 new teen members at each club, while New York added from 201-1,100 new teens. Clubs that went beyond recruitment goals experienced difficulty meeting teens' needs. Clubs reached teens with such strategies as increased hours of activities, collaborations with outside agencies, and targeted street outreach. Programs served teens with many needs, though they found this challenging. Sustaining teens' involvement was more difficult than recruitment. Clubs retained a little over half of their target groups for at least a full year. About 40 percent of teens attended less than once a month. Program challenges included hiring appropriate staff, preventing turnover, and providing sufficient staff training. Clubs were quite successful in providing teens with emotional and instrumental support. Over three-quarters of teens reported feeling safe at their clubs. Clubs in both cities invested in improvements in their management information systems. Appendices include youth survey scales and constructs and characteristics of youth survey participants. (Contains 15 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, After School Programs, Disadvantaged Youth, High Risk Students, Outreach Programs, Secondary Education, Urban Areas, Urban Youth, Youth Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Charles Hayden Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts (Boston); New York (New York)