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From the Field - After School & Youth Development
April 11, 2013
Mistakes Kids Make: Video & Interactive Action Campaign
Mistakes Kids Make
is a storytelling project to remind us that the mistakes kids make should not ruin the rest of their lives or the lives of ...
April 9, 2013
Program Evaluation: Out-of-School Learning Opportunities in Texas
An evaluation of the Texas 21st Century Community Learning Centers shows that students in high-quality centers had fewer disciplinary incidents, were more likely to ...
March 25, 2013
Healthy Out-of-School Time (HOST)
In January 2009, the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College, together with the University of ...
March 14, 2013
Community Network for Youth Development: Resources
For more than a decade, the
Community Network for Youth Development (CNYD)
has served youth workers and youth-serving organizations in the Bay Area ...
March 13, 2013
Mental Health Tips for Teachers and Counselors
The American Camp Association (ACA) has collected tips and resources on the emerging issue of preventing and dealing with public violence.
February 26, 2013
Afterschool Cuts to the Quick
Last year, the after-school program at P.S. 102 in Elmhurst, Queens shut down due to funding cuts. Without the program, 11-year-old Savannah Colon thought she’d ...
February 7, 2013
Solutions: Preschool to Disconnected Youth, Familes and Health
MDRC designs and studies solutions for issues across the policy spectrum – in education from preschool to postsecondary, in workforce development, and on issues ...
January 23, 2013
Keeping Kids on Track in Middle School: Using Out-of-School for Dropout Prevention
Ensuring youth in the middle school years are connected to the community can prevent them from later disconnecting from school and work. Youth development staff, ...
January 16, 2013
How to Improve Outcomes for Opportunity Youth: Engage Employers to Invest in What Works
In a time of fiscal restraint, an unemployment crisis among our young people, and a skills gap that hurts our businesses and hampers our recovery, it is vital that ...
January 1, 2013
Community Network for Youth Development Definitions, Framework
The Community Network for Youth Development Resources are now housed on SparkAction. As you peruse the wonderful resources designed to help staff most effectively ...
December 10, 2012
STEM and Afterschool: Interactive Website and Resources
Afterschool programs are committing to engaging a diverse population of children and youth in STEM learning. The Afterschool Alliance's hub of interactive ...
December 4, 2012
Archived Webinar Series: Strengthening Citywide After-School Opportunities
Millions of children and teens lack access to out-of-school time programs that provide rich opportunities for growth, learning and fun. One possible solution – ...
December 3, 2012
Youth and Work: Restoring Teen and Young Adult Connections to Opportunity
Nearly 6.5 million U.S. teens and young adults are neither in school nor in the workforce, veering toward chronic underemployment as adults and failing to gain the ...
November 28, 2012
The Shocking Details of a Mississippi School-to-Prison Pipeline
The school-to-prison pipeline is not a metaphor in Meridian, Missisippi, where school discipline typically begins with a call to the police and ends in an arrest. ...
November 21, 2012
Sequestration and Its Implications for Youth Programming
After the November 2012 elections, President Obama and Congress have turned their attention to the budget and the impending “fiscal cliff.” Unless there ...
November 16, 2012
Family Engagement and Middle Grades Transitions: The Role of Afterschool Programs
Dr. Charles Smith of the Weikart Center had the opportunity to show the important role that afterschool programs can play in engaging families to support middle ...
October 30, 2012
Beyond the Pipeline: STEM Pathways for Youth Development
This article examines the limitations of the “pipeline” metaphor, which is often used to discuss efforts to encourage students towards careers in ...
October 17, 2012
High School Rigor and Good Advice: Setting Up Students to Succeed
This study finds that keeping college freshmen on track to graduation is linked to higher levels of math in high school, more Advanced Placement and International ...
October 12, 2012
Building Citywide Systems for Quality: A Guide & Case Studies
An increasing number of afterschool providers have made quality a priority. Here's a guide that examines what it takes to do it right across a whole city not just ...
October 5, 2012
Youth-Adult Partnerships in Public Action: Principles, Organizational Culture & Outcomes
The Forum for Youth Investment partnered with the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Nonprofits to publish
Youth-Adult Partnerships in Public ...
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