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ERIC Number: ED510718
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 37
Youth Governance: How and Why It Can Help Out-of-School Time Programs Involve At-Risk Youth. Research-to-Results Brief. Publication #2008-24
Bowie, Lillian; Bronte-Tinkew, Jacinta
Child Trends
Out-of-school time programs provide intervention and prevention services to young people who are deemed "at-risk" with the goal of improving their social, emotional, and academic development. However, research indicates that children and youth who are most "at-risk" are less likely to participate in out-of-school time programs, and do so less regularly than others. Given this pattern, program staff members need to be creative in their efforts to recruit, engage, and retain at-risk children and youth in programs. Implementing a "youth in governance" model can be an effective strategy for involving these young people. This brief defines youth governance and briefly discusses the benefits of involving at-risk children and youth in out-of-school time program governance. It also identifies steps that out-of-school time programs may consider when implementing a youth governance model and presents recommendations for dealing with potential challenges to implementation. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: The Atlantic Philanthropies
Authoring Institution: Child Trends