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ERIC Number: ED505194
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 180
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 65
ISBN: ISBN-1-8870-3197-9
Learning Around the Clock: Benefits of Expanded Learning Opportunities for Older Youth
Bowles, Anne; Brand, Betsy
American Youth Policy Forum
"Learning Around the Clock: Benefits of Expanded Learning Opportunities for Older Youth" identifies and describes Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELOs) that improve academic performance, college and career preparation, social and emotional development, and health and wellness outcomes for underserved youth. The term "expanded learning opportunity" is used to describe the range of programs and activities available to young people that occur beyond regular school hours. ELOs include traditional afterschool activities with an academic focus, but also incorporate activities such as internships with employers, independent study in alternative settings, classes on college campuses for high school students, and wraparound support services. Expanded learning opportunities are an effective use of resources to prepare youth for the complexities that face them as adults. The authors advocate that ELOs deserve ongoing and expanded support and to be fully viewed as a major contributor in the preparation of youth for postsecondary education, careers, and civic engagement. Profiles of 22 ELOs with results across a range of indicators are included. (Contains 129 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Youth Policy Forum