ERIC Number: ED478240
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
How Afterschool Programs Can Most Effectively Promote Positive Youth Development as a Support to Academic Achievement: A Report Commissioned by the Boston After-School for All Partnership. Revised Version.
Hall, Georgia; Yohalem, Nicole; Tolman, Joel; Wilson, Alicia
This report by the National Institute on Out-of- School Time (NIOST) in association with The Forum for Youth (FYI) investigates how after-school programs in Boston can most effectively promote positive youth development as a support to academic achievement. The positive youth development approach addresses the broader developmental needs of youth, in contrast to deficit-based models which focus solely on youth problems. The report explores how, by using this approach, quality after-school programs can incorporate the supports and opportunities necessary for young people to succeed both developmentally and academically. The report outlines key ways quality after-school programs can help to overcome critical barriers to learning and support academic achievement and the well-being of children and youth. The report: (1) provides a review of learning theories; (2) explains the features and rationale of the positive youth development approach; (3) provides local and national examples of programs utilizing positive youth development strategies to support youth development and academic achievement; (4) articulates the particular challenges facing Boston in its efforts to build the capacity of after-school programs to promote positive youth development; and (5) offers both short- and long-term recommendations regarding local actions and policy activities. (Focus groups questions are appended. Contains 84 references and 2 Web resources.) (Author/HTH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescent Development, After School Programs, Child Development, Childhood Needs, Educational Quality, Program Effectiveness, School Age Child Care, Well Being
National Institute on Out-of-School Time, Wellesley College, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481-8203. Tel: 781-283-2547; Fax: 781-283-3657; Web site: http://www.niost.org. For full text: http://www.niost.org/WCW3.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wellesley Coll., MA. National Inst. on Out-of-School Time.; Forum for Youth Investment, Takoma Park, MD.