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Downey, Laura H.; Peterson, Donna J.; LeMenestrel, Suzanne; Leatherman, JoAnne; Lang, James – New Directions for Youth Development, 2014
The 4-H youth development program of the nation's 109 land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System is one of the largest youth development organization in the United States serving approximately six million youth. The 4-H Healthy Living initiative began in 2008 to promote achievement of optimal physical, social, and emotional…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Health Promotion, Dietetics, Physical Activities
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Hohman, Katherine H.; Mantinan, Karah D. – New Directions for Youth Development, 2014
As part of its 2011 commitment to the Partnership for Healthier America, the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) pledged that by 2015, 85 percent of its local Y associations with early childhood or afterschool programs would have at least one program site that met 100 percent of the Y-USA's healthy eating and physical activity (HEPA) standards. To inform…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Early Childhood Education, After School Programs, Dietetics
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Thaw, Jean M.; Villa, Manuela; Reitman, David; DeLucia, Christian; Gonzalez, Vanessa; Hanson, K. Lori – New Directions for Youth Development, 2014
Little is known about how the adoption of evidence-based physical activity (PA) curricula by out-of-school time (OST) programs affects children's physical fitness, and there are no clear guidelines of what constitutes reasonable gains given the types of PA instruction currently offered in these programs. Using a three-wave,…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Physical Activities, Physical Fitness, Children
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Bohnert, Amy M.; Ward, Amanda K.; Burdette, Kimberly A.; Silton, Rebecca L.; Dugas, Lara R. – New Directions for Youth Development, 2014
Low-income minority females are disproportionately affected by obesity. The relevance of summer months to weight gain is often overlooked. Some evidence suggests that summer programming, such as day camps, may offer increased opportunities for structured physical activities resulting in less weight gain. This study examined the effectiveness of…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Low Income Groups, Minority Group Children, Females
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Mahoney, Joseph L. – New Directions for Youth Development, 2014
Although behavioral management is one of the most challenging aspects of working in an afterschool setting, staff do not typically receive formal training in evidence-based approaches to handling children's behavior problems. Common approaches to behavioral management such as punishment or time-out are temporary solutions because they do not…
Descriptors: After School Education, Functional Behavioral Assessment, Behavior Problems, Behavior Modification
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Finn-Stevenson, Matia – New Directions for Youth Development, 2014
Much attention is given today to the importance of forging family, school, and community partnerships. Growing numbers of schools, many of them with afterschool programs, are dedicating resources to support and sustain relationships with families and community-based organizations. And, among government agencies and the philanthropic sector, there…
Descriptors: After School Programs, School Community Programs, Partnerships in Education, Educational Change
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Simpkins, Sandra D.; Riggs, Nathaniel R. – New Directions for Youth Development, 2014
Increasing ethnic diversity among American youth, in combination with funding priorities often targeting underserved populations, has increased the number of diverse youth attending afterschool programs (ASPs). At present, there is little guidance on how to best design ASPs and prepare staff to support the development of these diverse youth. The…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Cultural Awareness, Interpersonal Competence, Student Diversity
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Little, Priscilla M. – New Directions for Youth Development, 2014
Well-implemented afterschool programs can promote a range of positive learning and developmental outcomes. However, not all research and evaluation studies have shown the benefits of participation, in part because programs and their evaluation were out of sync. This chapter provides practical guidance on how to foster that alignment between…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Program Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Educational Change
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Fredricks, Jennifer A.; Bohnert, Amy M.; Burdette, Kimberly – New Directions for Youth Development, 2014
Youth engagement is the least researched, but potentially most important, aspect of participation in afterschool programs. The level of youth engagement can vary across programs, across youth within a program, and within individual youth over time. Engagement is important for both recruiting and retaining participants, and has been associated with…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Learner Engagement, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods
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Smith, Charles; Akiva, Tom; McGovern, Gina; Peck, Stephen C. – New Directions for Youth Development, 2014
This chapter discusses efforts to define and improve the quality of afterschool services, highlighting areas of agreement and identifying leading-edge issues. We conclude that the afterschool field is especially well positioned to deliver high-quality services and demonstrate effectiveness at scale because a strong foundation has been built for…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Educational Quality, Program Effectiveness, Delivery Systems
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Lerner, Richard M.; Wang, Jun; Chase, Paul A.; Gutierrez, Akira S.; Harris, Elise M.; Rubin, Rachel O.; Yalin, Ceren – New Directions for Youth Development, 2014
In contemporary developmental science, relational development systems models have been used to frame the positive youth development (PYD) perspective, which posits that youth will thrive when there is alignment between their strengths and ecological resources in their context. Evidence from the 4-H Study of PYD indicates that out-of-school-time…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, After School Programs, Student Development, Interpersonal Relationship
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Spencer, Renée; Rhodes, Jean E. – New Directions for Youth Development, 2014
At the heart of afterschool programs are the relationships that form between the children and youth who participate in these programs and the adults who lead them. To be effective, adults working in afterschool settings must be able to engage youth in growth-promoting relationships. This article identifies and describes four foundational ways of…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Interpersonal Relationship, Student Development, Skill Development
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Kleinjan, Marloes; Engels, Rutger C. M. E. – New Directions for Youth Development, 2014
During adolescence, teenagers try a range of risk behaviors including smoking, drinking, and the use of soft drugs. Because substance use contributes to an unhealthy lifestyle of teenagers on the short term and can lead to serious health problems on the longer term, prevention in this target group is important. This chapter provides an overview of…
Descriptors: Substance Abuse, Prevention, At Risk Persons, Adolescents
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Riggs, Nathaniel R.; Black, David S.; Ritt-Olson, Anamara – New Directions for Youth Development, 2014
Adolescence is characterized by incredible development in the prefrontal cortex of the brain, which is responsible for behavioral and emotional self-regulation, and higher order cognitive decision-making skills (that is, executive function). Typically late prefrontal cortical development and its integration with limbic areas of the brain…
Descriptors: Drug Abuse, Prevention, Adolescents, Brain Hemisphere Functions
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Sussman, Steve; Leventhal, Adam – New Directions for Youth Development, 2014
Anhedonia refers to the inability of experiencing pleasure in positive life events. It has been conceptualized as a stable yet malleable characteristic and is associated with hypoactivity in the mesolimbic and mesocortical dopaminergic systems. Very recently, it has been posited as an etiologic factor associated with drug addiction onset,…
Descriptors: Substance Abuse, Prevention, Etiology, Addictive Behavior
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