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August 24, 2012
Leaders Coming Together To Create Real Opportunities For Young Adults
Changing the game for our young adults, for our economy, and for our country as a whole will require a movement powered by Americans from all corners.
August 23, 2012
College Access 101: How Afterschool Can Bridge the Gap (Archived webinar)
Afterschool programs can play a significant role in helping students prepare for college, as well as understand the sometimes challenging admissions process. Through ...
August 22, 2012
These Are Uncertain Times
The Afterschool Alliance's new report shows that afterschool program budgets are shrinking, program services are stretched thin and programs are not able to reach ...
August 16, 2012
Expanded Learning Requires Expanded Thinking
Karen Pittman, co-founder and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment, interviewed by Frameworks, stresses that we need to think about learning in its more intrinsic ...
August 6, 2012
Taking Note: Skills + Knowledge = 21st-Century Competencies
Sunil Iyengar, director of research and analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts, writes about how a new National Academies report on 21st-century skills ...
August 3, 2012
The Common Core Standards: What Do They Mean for Out-of-School Time?
The expansion of the Common Core State Standards in education opens new doors for out-of-school time (OST) providers to align their work with schools. The standards ...
July 20, 2012
Study Shows Chicago Counseling Program Reduces Youth Violence, Improves School Engagement
A new study by the University of Chicago Crime Lab, in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools and local nonprofits Youth Guidance and World ...
July 5, 2012
Pathways Through College: Postsecondary Success Initiative
Folks at Our Piece of Pie provide an overview of the problem of low college completion with a follow-up post on the powerful Postsecondary Success Initiative.
June 29, 2012
Learning Still in Demand When Temperatures Rise
Summer learning programs for kids are facing growing enrollment and tighter budgets, according to a survey released on June 21 by the Afterschool Alliance ...
June 22, 2012
The Afterschool-STEM Connection
We need to redouble our efforts to educate our kids in STEM topics so that they can compete in the economy they’ll face once the graduate. Afterschool and ...
June 18, 2012
Commentary: Expanded Learning--Opportunities for Partnerships with a New Twist and a New Name
In this commentary, Ellen Gannett, Director of the National Institute on Out of School Time, reflects on the history of out-of-school time and what expanded ...
June 14, 2012
Examining How Place-Based Strategies Can Bridge Gaps in Services for Families
So-called “place-based strategies” have been gaining attention for their cross-cutting approaches to delivering housing, education and health care in a ...
June 13, 2012
SparkOpportunity Winner: Christopher Judge
Christopher Judge founded Aspire, Inc. to address leadership challenges for young people in the philanthropy sector. His idea for a program to teach young people the ...
June 13, 2012
SparkOpportunity Winner: Angela Cammack
Angela Cammack, 20, proposes a study to measure and share the impacts of high-quality after-school programs that help children excel in school and life. This project ...
June 8, 2012
Where Do Kids Belong in Making Policy?
If you are reading this, you probably agree that the needs and interests of children should be front and center when leaders shape the policies of our nation. The ...
June 4, 2012
10 Winners of the SparkOpportunity Challenge Announced at White House Youth Summit
The SparkOpportunity Challenge wrapped up and we introduce 10 incredible winners of the SparkOpportunity Challenge!
June 1, 2012
Feeling One Way, Thinking Another, and Acting Somewhere in Between
Anderson Williams reacts to an exercise when educators and youth workers shared surprising reactions to an exercise describing youth culture.
May 23, 2012
One in Six Million: My Story from the Edge of 'Disconnection"
Youth Ambassador Torres explains how he went from a path to failing out of high school to leadership and entering the SparkOpportunity Challenge.
May 22, 2012
Plugged In: The Escalera Program & its Lasting Effects
Ana Hageage of the National Council of La Raza discusses Escalera Program alumni's responses to the question, "What does it mean to be an Hispanic student in ...
May 10, 2012
Leaders Give Kids New WINGS
A local leadership group paves the way to bring an afterschool program to disadvantaged youth.
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