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    Making a Difference in the Lives of Youth      

Many National Collaboration for Youth member organizations have been providing high-quality out-of-school-time programming to youth for more than 100 years.  In spite of this fact, the average American does not know what these programs actually look like, or more importantly, what they can accomplish.  Furthermore, policy-makers, administrators in local youth organizations, and frontline youth workers are sometimes unaware of the range of programs and their impact.  To address these issues, NCY applied for and received funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to research and disseminate -- in a user-friendly format -- data and lessons learned from 10 model programs that are making a difference in the lives of youth.  The intent is not to present an exhaustive collection of programs, but rather to illustrate the scope and impact of programming being offered by NCY member organizations and their partners in local communities throughout the nation. 

Please enjoy reading and learning from each of the 10 model programs


Each of the 10 case studies profiles an out-of-school-time program in action.  Readers will discover how the programs are making a difference, through individual stories and quotes from youth, parents, program implementers, program developers, and researchers.

Click on the links to see this compendium.....

Acknowledgements and Introduction

Case Studies

Across Ages

Communities and Schools For Career Success (CS2)

Families and Schools Together (FAST)

Health Adventures


Living Interactive Family Education (L.I.F.E.)

Project Anti-Violence Education (P.A.V.E. the Way)

Project Learn

Seeds to Success:  Youth Farmstand Program

Will Power/Won't Power

Recommendations for Conducting Program Evaluation


NYDIC was developed with support from DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Lilly Endowment Inc. through a partnership with the Indiana Youth Institute and other generous funding.

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