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ERIC Number: EJ1068840
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Acts of Invention: The Afterschool Program as a Site for Building Community
Cole, Kirsten
Afterschool Matters, n3 p24-29 Spr 2004
Kirsten Cole, the Director of FUN (Family University) Afterschool Program at Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus, shares her experience of working with children in an afterschool program where nightly community meetings address topics the children want to discuss. The topics change, but the underlying themes are often the same: issues of respect, and feelings of anger that come from feeling disrespected. The fact that someone has listened and said to them, "The way you were treated was wrong," seems to empower and enliven them. Although the meetings can seem redundant, they allow the children to find their voice, and create a space where they feel that adults support them in expressing their concerns and articulating the kind of world they want to build together.
National Institute on Out-of-School Time. Wellesley Centers for Women, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. Tel: 781-283-2547; Fax: 781-283-3657; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York
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