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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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Williams, Tinnycua – Afterschool Matters, 2018
Studies have demonstrated the significance of afterschool staff development and have attempted to show the impacts of staff training on program quality and youth outcomes. Professional development, though necessary, wasn't always a priority for the author, especially if training hours conflicted with the author's afterschool program schedule.…
Descriptors: Credentials, Educational Change, After School Programs, Youth
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Anyon, Yolanda; Kennedy, Heather; Durbahn, Rebecca; Jenson, Jeffrey M. – Afterschool Matters, 2018
How can afterschool programs engage middle school students of color as they enter their teenage years? The authors asked this question while working with the Bridge Project, a drop-in community-based academic enrichment program serving low-income children and adolescents of color living in public housing in Denver, Colorado. Faced with dwindling…
Descriptors: Youth, Action Research, Participatory Research, After School Programs
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Wiedow, Jocelyn S. – Afterschool Matters, 2018
Challenges to developing staff quality include limited staff hours and lack of funding for training. However, even organizations that have enough time and money still may not develop their people effectively. Traditionally, organizations send staff to trainings without offering follow-up support to enable them to apply the learning (Hirsh, 2009;…
Descriptors: Youth Employment, Youth, Education Work Relationship, Supervisors
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Walther, Ashley; Chai, Weiwen; Dunker, Tara; Franzen-Castle, Lisa; Krehbiel, Michelle – Afterschool Matters, 2018
Out-of-school time (OST) programs serve youth from diverse demographic backgrounds. OST programs, whose informal settings provide opportunities for experiential learning, can address this problem by implementing nutrition and food-preparation programming to improve participants' dietary knowledge and behaviors. In this article, the authors…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Nutrition, Eating Habits, Youth
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Kayser, Abigail Amoako; Jackson, Annalee; Kayser, Brian – Afterschool Matters, 2018
Little is known about the processes that foster positive development specifically in adolescent Black girls from low-income backgrounds (Kirshner & Ginwright, 2012). Scholars (Larson & Ngo, 2017; Simpkins, Riggs, Ngo, Ettekal, & Okamoto, 2017) have called for investigation into how the cultural assets of adolescents of color contribute…
Descriptors: Adolescents, African American Students, Females, Mentors
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Toledo, Sonia – Afterschool Matters, 2018
One of the greatest challenges supervisors face is developing and retaining their staff. Site supervisors are in a continuous struggle to develop and train new employees on the fundamental skills--managing groups, dealing with disruptive behavior, and so on--that youth workers need before they can successfully implement learning activities. One…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Educational Development, Models, School Culture
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