ERIC Number: EJ792086
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Reference Count: 4
Improving Participation in After-School Programs
Walker, Karen E.; Arbreton, Amy J. A.
Prevention Researcher, v12 n2 p11-13 Apr 2005
After-school programs attempt to provide safe havens that keep youth off the streets and offer them a variety of opportunities to enhance their experiences and skills, including educational outcomes such as grades. What the programs actually accomplish has been somewhat different. Major evaluations of after-school programs have shown that they do not necessarily serve youth who would be otherwise unsupervised. To examine how participation rates in after-school programs can be improved, this article draws on data and summarizes some findings from Public/Private Ventures' (P/PV) evaluation of the San Francisco Beacon initiative, which P/PV conducted between October 1998 and December 2001. The initiative aimed to create community centers in eight San Francisco schools that would attract community youth and adults to a wide array of activities. The evidence from the San Francisco Beacon initiative on program features that affect youth participation suggests that there are concrete steps that program staff can take to improve adolescent participation.
Descriptors: Program Design, Adolescents, After School Programs, Community Centers, Participation, Youth Programs, Urban Areas, Program Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: California