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ERIC Number: EJ791678
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1533-8916
Three High School After-School Initiatives: Lessons Learned
Barr, Sarah; Birmingham, Jennifer; Fornal, Jennifer; Klein, Rachel; Piha, Sam
New Directions for Youth Development, n111 p67-79 Fall 2006
Little attention has been paid to older youth in the recent expansion of school-based after-school programs. High school clubs and community-based programs have existed for years, but many have struggled to sustain the participation of teens. Alarmed by the large numbers of high school-age youth who are disengaged at school and leaving high school without a diploma or the important skills for the workplace, policymakers and youth advocates are beginning to see high school afterschool as the new frontier in after-school programming. Despite potential benefits of quality high school after-school programs, there is a dramatic shortage of such programs. Relatively few after-school initiatives across the country even offer programs on high school campuses. Of those that do, many are still learning about what it takes to meet student interest and needs. This article reviews the insights and lessons learned from three after-school initiatives that have shown success in attracting high school students to their programs and engaging them in meaningful activities to support their success in school and transition to early adulthood. These after-school initiatives are: (1) After School Safety and Education for Teens (ASSETs); (2) After School Matters (ASM); and (3) The After-School Corporation (TASC). (Contains 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California