Report: Engaging older youth: Program and City-Level Strategies to Support Sustained Participation in Out-of-School Time



EDUCATION, secondary education, EQUITY, access, STUDENTS


SCHOOL:design and use of time and space, SCHOOL:culture of change and improvement


Sarah N. Deschenes, Amy Arbreton, Priscilla M. Little, Carla Herrera, Jean Baldwin Grossman, Heather B. Weiss, Diana Lee


2010, 5/5/2010


Harvard Family Research Project, Public/Private Ventures


"It’s not just elementary school children who can benefit from strong after-school and other out-of-school time (OST) programs; middle- and high-school students stand to gain as well. But programs have found it is much tougher to recruit older than younger youth and make sure they participate in OST activities regularly. This study looks at almost 200 programs serving mostly disadvantaged young people in six cities that are building systems of out-of-school time programs. Delving into how both the programs and the cities are working in ways that might boost middle- and high-school attendance, the researchers find that high retention programs have five key characteristics. Among them: providing leadership opportunities to the students and having staff members who stay informed about students’ lives outside of programs"


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