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ERIC Number: ED540506
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug-28
Pages: 43
Abstractor: ERIC
After School: Connecting Children at Risk with Responsible Adults to Help Reduce Youth Substance Abuse and Other Health-Compromising Behaviors--An RWJF National Program. Program Results Reports
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
"After School: Connecting Children at Risk With Responsible Adults to Help Reduce Youth Substance Abuse and Other Health-Compromising Behaviors (After School)" helped develop intermediary organizations in Boston, Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area in order to create citywide systems of after-school programs. The intermediaries--Boston After School & Beyond, After School Matters in Chicago and Team-Up for Youth, headquartered in Oakland, California--are neutral, independent organizations capable of dedicating the necessary resources and focus to bring key players from many sectors to the table and generate broad community support. Key findings include: (1) Boston After School & Beyond, After School Matters and Team-Up for Youth brought together key players from public and private organizations--schools, after-school providers (including community- and faith-based organizations), local government agencies and funders--to strengthen and coordinate after-school activities and to provide programming; (2) The intermediary organizations helped link more than 90,000 at-risk young people in urban neighborhoods to quality, adult-led programs in Boston, Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area; (3) "After School" contributed to the recognition and growth of after-school intermediaries nationwide through reports about the program, and through sponsored meetings, which brought together after-school intermediaries, policy-makers, practitioners, researchers, funders and other stakeholders; (4) "After School" contributed to an emphasis on the after-school needs of teenagers. The consultants showcased After School Matters (Chicago)--which targeted teenagers--in reports and meetings. It also supported two meetings focused on teenagers. This led to an increase in after-school programs for teenagers, including the Teen Initiative in Boston; and (5) "After School" brought childhood obesity to the after-school field. Program staff raised the issue of obesity among American children--especially in low-income and minority communities--and brought representatives from the after-school and youth sports fields together to explore ways to increase after-school physical activities for urban youth. Team-Up for Youth (San Francisco Bay area), which focused on sports, served as a model. Appended are: (1) After School Project List; (2) Boston After School & Beyond Funders (as of June 2007); (3) After School Matters Major Funders (2002 to June 2006); and (4) Team-Up for Youth Major Funders (1999 to 2006). A bibliography is included.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Identifiers - Location: California; Illinois; Massachusetts