ERIC Number: ED484352
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Afterschool Programs Level the Playing Field for All Youth. Afterschool Alert. Issue Brief No. 17
This issue brief presents the obstacles that a number of youth face in America due to factors such as, failing schools, dangerous neighborhoods, poverty, disproportionate incarceration, poor health and nutrition, lack of employment opportunity, language difficulty and marginalization of their heritage and culture. The heavily structured school day does not offer many opportunities to address these problems, and when left to their own devices, youth can find themselves facing boredom at best and danger and risky behavior at worst in the hours after school. This brief highlights the benefits of quality afterschool programs for at-risk youth. Such programs have the ability to reach youth in meaningful ways that take their backgrounds and cultures into account. A quality afterschool program is an open place where youth can feel safe, express themselves, and learn from and form bonds with both their teachers and their peers. Quality afterschool has the potential to help youth develop life skills and turn young people into problem solvers, creative thinkers, community participants, lifelong learners and productive, successful adults. (Contains 16 endnotes.)
Descriptors: High Risk Students, Youth Programs, After School Programs, Disadvantaged Youth, Student Development
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Afterschool Alliance, Washington, DC.