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ERIC Number: EJ1105950
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4391
After-School Program Implementation in Urban Environments: Increasing Engagement among Adolescent Youth
Pelcher, Allison; Rajan, Sonali
Journal of School Health, v86 n8 p585-594 Aug 2016
Background: After-school programs (ASPs) play a crucial role in supplementing the present school day. However, implementing ASPs in the urban environment and among adolescents (grades 6-12) poses unique challenges. The purpose of this study was to conduct a systematic literature review to identify evidence-based barriers and facilitators to after-school programming in urban school environments. Methods: Twenty-five publications meeting the authors' inclusion criteria over the past 10 years were reviewed and synthesized. Results: Results demonstrated that the demand for ASPs is increasing. Several barriers, including staffing, funding, resources, transportation, and space, were identified. Specific challenges regarding the implementation of ASPs for adolescents in urban areas were also determined. A number of best practices were identified along with benefits for academic engagement and social-emotional coping skill development. Conclusions: Efforts to address these specific barriers and facilitators to ASP implementation may contribute to improving broader health and academic outcomes among adolescent youth.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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