Recruiting and Retaining Older African American and Hispanic Boys in After-School Programs: What We Know and What We Still Need to Learn
This brief is the third in P/PV's GroundWork series, which aims
to summarize available evidence on a variety of social policy topics to
provide a firm foundation for future work. Created in partnership with
the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems, the brief
provides an overview of promising strategies for recruiting and
retaining middle- and high-school-aged African-American and Hispanic
males in after-school programs.
The brief's findings are based on a review of relevant literature and interviews with 10 after-school programs identified by CBASS intermediaries as successful in these areas. The strategies identified mirror the strategies deemed important for recruiting and retaining older youth more broadly—regardless of race and gender—and include accessibility, cultural relevance and flexibility. However the programs interviewed did tailor these strategies to meet the specific needs of older minority boys. While this brief provides a starting point for future research, further work is needed, particularly given the positive outcomes associated with sustained participation in high-quality after-school programs and the challenges many programs face in attracting and retaining this population.