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McGuiness-Carmichael, Patricia – Afterschool Matters, 2019
Relationships with staff are crucial to participants' growth in youth development programs. These programs help young people develop social and emotional competencies including relationship building, defined as "the ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups" (Collaborative…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Labor Turnover, Faculty Mobility, After School Programs
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Wilson, Leigh Anne; Jacobs, Brittany R. – Afterschool Matters, 2019
Anthropologists have found evidence of storytelling throughout history, from orators in hunter gatherer tribes to modern writers and actors. To actualize a story--that is, to live it out in any way--plays on two of humanity's greatest desires: learning and having fun. People are biologically wired for survival, which implies that we are…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Play, Fiction, Learner Engagement
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Javorsky, Kristin H. – Afterschool Matters, 2019
This article describes how a federally funded afterschool program serving an elementary-age population in a rural southern community used the creative affordances of Minecraft and a creative youth development (CYD) framework to support the local school district's character education program, The Leader in Me (LiM). On receipt of a 21st Century…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Elementary School Students, Rural Areas, Educational Technology
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Zapolsky, Valerie – Afterschool Matters, 2019
Rangeley Friends of the Arts (RFA) is a nonprofit arts organization in Rangeley, a town of 1,200 souls in the rural western mountains of Maine. Working with existing facilities and a largely volunteer workforce, the article explains how this group established Creative After School Arts, or CASA--a program that provides a safe home away from home…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Art Activities, Rural Areas, Creativity
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Pavlakis, Alexandra E. – Afterschool Matters, 2019
More than one million U.S. students experience homelessness (National Center for Homeless Education, 2019). These youth, most of whom live in poverty, tend to face a variety of educational challenges. Community-based out-of-school time (OST) programs, which often have more flexibility to innovate and meet local needs than traditional schools do,…
Descriptors: Homeless People, At Risk Students, Youth Programs, Community Programs
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Paulsen, Christine Andrews; Andrews, Jessica Rueter – Afterschool Matters, 2019
Too many of today's children spend too much time indoors, often interacting with screens. They don't get enough physical exercise. Their learning about nature comes from books and teachers rather than from firsthand exploration of natural phenomena. These issues affect most modern American children, but they are particularly prominent among…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, STEM Education, After School Programs, Public Television
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Nation, Jasmine M.; Harlow, Danielle; Arya, Diana J.; Longtin, Maya – Afterschool Matters, 2019
The past decade has brought increased focus on STEM learning (Bell, Lewenstein, Shouse, & Feder, 2009; NGSS Lead States, 2013; U.S. Department of Education, 2015). The growth of STEM-related industries and the power associated with STEM fields make access to STEM careers an equity issue (Buechley, 2016). Despite gains in educational…
Descriptors: Females, STEM Education, Student Interests, Career Choice
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Brasili, Alexandria; Allen, Sue – Afterschool Matters, 2019
In compensation for the diminishing time spent on science in school, afterschool programs are taking an increasingly larger role in STEM education, with over 69 percent of programs in the U.S. offering some type of STEM programming (Afterschool Alliance, 2015). As the demand for afterschool STEM programs increases, so too does the need for trained…
Descriptors: STEM Education, After School Programs, Online Courses, Educational Technology
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Erbstein, Nancy; Fabionar, James O. – Afterschool Matters, 2019
Increasingly, leaders of youth-serving organizations voice concern about low Latinx participation (Borden et al., 2006), often recognizing that poor participation reflects a need to develop new capacities and inclusive practices (Perkins et al., 2007). The authors were asked to summarize the scholarship on Latinx participation in youth development…
Descriptors: Hispanic Americans, Youth, Participation, Youth Programs
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Shea, Ginger – Afterschool Matters, 2019
Student success and achievement in afterschool programs depend on caring adults who go above and beyond to make children feel that they are special and can achieve anything (Akhavan, Emery, Shea, & Taha-Resnick, 2017). In the Oxnard (California) School District, where the author is the afterschool grant manager, many of the 200 staff in the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, After School Programs, School Districts, Teacher Student Relationship
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Murchison, Lizzie; Brohawn, Katie; Fanscali, Cheri; Beesley, Andrea D.; Stafford, Erin – Afterschool Matters, 2019
Funders and policymakers are increasingly recognizing the afterschool field for its vital role in supporting the social and emotional growth and academic achievement of school-age youth. Although this recognition is welcome, it often comes with increased expectations for high-quality research demonstrating the value of programming. To satisfy…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Educational Research, Barriers, Program Evaluation
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Jacobs, Adam – Afterschool Matters, 2019
Kids Creative is a New York City nonprofit that runs afterschool and summer programs with over 1,000 youth each year. The programs they run use this creativity-oriented process to produce original musicals, works of art, videos, dances, and more. When Kids Creative received grant funding, they were able to include more youth and add homework help,…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Summer Programs, Creative Activities, Youth Programs
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Richer, Amanda; Charmaraman, Linda; Ceder, Ineke – Afterschool Matters, 2018
Like instruments used in afterschool programs to assess children's social and emotional growth or to evaluate staff members' performance, instruments used to evaluate program quality should be free from bias. Practitioners and researchers alike want to know that assessment instruments, whatever their type or intent, treat all people fairly and do…
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Social Bias, Interrater Reliability, Program Evaluation
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Wiggins, Tanya G. – Afterschool Matters, 2018
Friendship and peer groups are important to youth. However, adults in afterschool programs and other youth-serving community-based organizations often either ignore peer relationships or deem them detrimental to desired youth outcomes. What would it mean to consider young people's friendships in a different light? How can this important element of…
Descriptors: Friendship, Peer Groups, Peer Relationship, After School Programs
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Wenger-Schulman, A. R. S.; Hoffman, Lauren – Afterschool Matters, 2018
Middle School 88 in Brooklyn, New York serves a community of students often considered at high risk for dropping out of high school and other socially undesirable behaviors. In this high-need setting, the authors designed and implemented an environmental education program designed to meet the needs of urban youth of color. The approach they used,…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Urban Schools, At Risk Students, Minority Group Students
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