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ERIC Number: EJ992151
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Human Resources: Staffing Out-of-School Time Programs in the 21st Century
Asher, Ron
Afterschool Matters, n16 p42-47 Fall 2012
The author is a site manager employed by a small community-based organization (CBO) that provides afterschool programming at a number of school-based sites scattered throughout southern King County in Washington State. As such, he belongs to one-half of the afterschool youth development (AYD) workforce: the (for the most part) full-time, salaried site managers and coordinators who supervise the other half of the AYD workforce--the part-time hourly workers who make up the bulk of front-line staffs. One of his greatest challenges as a site manager has been attracting and retaining part-time staff who can be relied on to deliver the high-quality programming the funders expect and students deserve. He used the opportunity of a long-term action research writing project to climb out of the trenches of direct service, take a good look around at the current landscape, and gather information that might help him address the difficulties he was facing as a site manager. His research has left him with the realization that the high level of turnover typical for part-time AYD workers represents a systemic challenge to the entire field. His interviews with colleagues, combined with a review of published literature on the subject, have generated several recommendations, such as hiring staff already working in the school building, encouraging university teaching programs to include AYD and OST internships as part of their required coursework, and concentrating the scarce professional development resources on full-time staffers rather than part-time workers. The author describes the benefits and challenges of quality staffing and suggests that educators should provide as many training opportunities for front-line workers as time and resources will allow. (Contains 5 figures.)
National Institute on Out-of-School Time. Wellesley Centers for Women, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. Tel: 781-283-2547; Fax: 781-283-3657; e-mail: niost@wellesley.edu; Web site: http://www.niost.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington