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ERIC Number: ED510681
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Why Teens Are Not Involved in Out-of-School Time Programs: The Youth Perspective. Research-to-Results Brief. Publication #2009-38
Terzian, Mary; Giesen, Lindsay; Mbwana, Kassim
Child Trends
To better understand why youth do not participate in out-of-school time programs, Child Trends invited adolescents who were not affiliated with out-of-school time programs to participate in a Youth Roundtable discussion. This Roundtable provided an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of what program qualities are important to increase and maintain participation in out-of-school time programs. Youth identified 19 issues relating to barriers to participation and program improvement strategies. Barriers to participation ranged from a program being located in an unsafe or unfamiliar neighborhood to participation in a program being perceived in a negative light by parents and/or peers. Program improvement strategies ranged from teaching youth practical skills and addressing family issues to offering a variety of activities and hiring skilled, experienced staff. These findings should offer valuable insights to program providers and funders about program planning and design. (Contains 1 table and 11 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: The Atlantic Philanthropies
Authoring Institution: Child Trends
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia