ERIC Number: EJ699513
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Finding the Right Hook: Strategies for Attracting and Sustaining Participation in After-School Programs
Lauver, Sherri; Little, Priscilla M. D.
School Administrator, v62 n5 p27 May 2005
Many middle school and high school youth recognize the value of participating in organized activities outside school, yet too often they limit their involvement because of busy schedules and family lives, disinterest in existing activity choices, lack of motivation to attend organized activities or the lure of freedom or relaxation over structured activities. However, it is during the critical transition from elementary to middle school--a period in youths' lives when they continue to need opportunities to learn new skills, time to socialize and attention from caring adults--that interest seems the lowest. School administrators can play a critical role in ensuring that the school-after-school link is strong, creative and productive to promote higher attendance in after-school programs. The authors have discovered important insights for attracting and sustaining youngsters' participation based on more than 60 recent evaluations of out-of-school time programs in the Harvard Family Research Project Out-of-School Time Program Evaluation Database, which identified recruitment and retention strategies especially relevant to school leaders.
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Adolescents, Student Participation, Secondary School Students, Student Motivation, After School Programs, Youth Programs, Administrator Role
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Texas