A Matter of Time

January 1, 1994

A Matter of Time: Risk and Opportunity in the Out-of-School Hours
Focusing attention on the critical opportunity that young adolescents’ discretionary time presents, this report documents the profound influence that communities, neighborhoods, organizations and institutions have on the development of young people. The task force which produced the report analyzed the societal changes influencing today’s young people, discussing the many stresses which have weakened traditional family support. The report emphasizes the important role that community based organizations play, in partnership with families and schools, in contributing to young adolescents’ development, and challenges communities and institutions to proceed with intentionality as they support youth development.