America’s After-School Choice

January 1, 2000

This report demonstrates the value of after-school programs, highlighting their importance by documenting the dual societal benefit they provide by preventing juvenile crime on the one hand, and supporting the healthy development of young people on the other. In addition to the fact that the afternoons are peak hours for juvenile crime and victimization, the report summarizes evaluations of several youth programs and illustrates that these types of opportunities provide young people with critical experiences that help them develop important skills and positive values.