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ERIC Number: EJ908207
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1059-308X
Engaging Families in Boys & Girls Clubs: An Evaluation of the Family PLUS Pilot Initiative
Kreider, Holly; Raghupathy, Shobana
School Community Journal, v20 n2 p9-21 2010
Research has shown that engaging families through youth development and after-school programs may benefit children. This paper extends knowledge in this arena, describing a set of strategies for implementing family-strengthening activities in youth development settings. The paper reports findings from a pilot evaluation of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Family PLUS initiative. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected in the form of surveys, phone interviews, and focus groups with club leaders, parents, and youth. Results uncover emerging family support strategies that actively link school, club, and family; culturally tailor programming; foster long-term and family-friendly staff; place children at the center of family programming; and pair family-strengthening activities with other types of programming. The paper also reports on the obstacles such strategies address as well as initial evidence of the positive influence of such programming on parent-child relationships, parent development, and parent-staff relationships. Implications for future research are discussed. (Contains 2 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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