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ERIC Number: EJ791692
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1533-8916
What's up? What Young Teens and Parents Want from Youth Programs
Marczak, Mary S.; Dworkin, Jodi; Skuza, Jennifer; Beyer, Janet
New Directions for Youth Development, n112 p45-56 Win 2006
Interviews with young teens offered many complex and often idiosyncratic reasons why they did or did not participate in structured activities (for example: personality, interest, attitudes about time use, personal and family life circumstances). However, there also exist common threads that should give one pause regarding the current wisdom on how to respond to the issue of engaging young teens in structured learning activities. In this article, the authors consider data from youth and parents about how young people spend their time, what youth and parents want from out-of-school time, and ways to creatively and organically meet the needs of families during the middle years. The authors also explore implications for communities and youth organizations. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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