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How do out-of-school programs affect thriving?

November 25, 2015

Those who study youth development look to both external factors that affect youth (environment) and internal factors within the youth (personal attributes) that contribute to their positive growth.  Richard Lerner and his colleagues have also emphasized the importance of examining the interaction of person and environment to understand more completely how youth develop. 
Expanded Learning, Expanded Opportunity

July 07, 2015

How Four Communities Are Working to Improve Education for Their Students America's Promise Related Promises: Caring AdultsEffective EducationSafe Places
Parramore, Orlando: Leveraging Local Strengths

May 29, 2014

The aptly named Division Avenue remains a demarcation line between predominantly white and predominantly black neighborhoods—and a stark reminder of the city’s segregated past. In the beginning of the 21st century, approximately 73 percent of children and youth in Parramore, Orlando’s historically African American neighborhood, lived below the poverty line, with alarmingly high rates for child abuse and neglect. The neighborhood’s high school had received five consecutive Fs on its performance, and only 66 percent of youth graduated from it during the 2007-08 academic year. Teen girls were…
After School Matters

April 14, 2014

After School Matters is an apprenticeship program available to high school students in Chicago, IL. The program was created to help them gain career-readiness skills.  In this evaluation, 535 high school students were evaluated to see the impacts of the apprenticeship experience on a number of measurable outcomes related to career-readiness.  Of these outcomes, students in the intervention group were shown to significantly differ on self-regulation, attitudes about school, and fewer specific problem behaviors.
Transforming East Lake: Systematic Intentionality in Atlanta

March 31, 2014

The East Lake community in Atlanta faced high rates of violence and unemployment and low graduation rates. Now, more than 20 years after its decline, the neighborhood — and life for its young people — has dramatically improved. 
A City Platform for Strengthening Families and Improving Outcomes for Children and Youth

January 15, 2014

Strong cities are built on a foundation of strong families. The National League of Cities' Council on Youth, Education, and Families developed a platform for municipal action on behalf of children, youth, and families. With NLC, America’s Promise Alliance challenged every community to take steps toward positive, significant results for children and their families. The platform encourages leaders to build on their local assets and opportunities and highlights essential "infrastructure," key functions and processes crucial to effective investments in children and families.
A Citywide Approach to Building and Sustaining Out-of-School Time Learning Opportunities

January 15, 2014

This report from the National League of Cities, discusses six action elements identified by The Wallace Foundation as essential to coordinating effective out-of-school time systems that make high-quality learning opportunities available to all children: committed leadership, a public or private coordinating entity, multi-year planning, reliable information, expanding participation, and commitment to quality.
RAND Promising Practices: Accelerated Academics Academy (AAA)

January 15, 2014

The Accelerated Academics Academy (AAA) was an alternative middle school established in the Flint Community Schools school district in Flint, Michigan. Funded and evaluated as part of the federally funded School Dropout Demonstration Assistance Program (SDDAP), it began its operations in 1991 and continued to provide services as of 2008. The primary goal of AAA was to accelerate instruction so that students who are behind one or more grade levels could enter high school with their same-age peers.
Afterschool: A Key to Successful Parent Engagement

January 15, 2014

In partnership with MetLife Foundation, the Afterschool Alliance released an issue brief exploring afterschool activities, parent engagement, arts enrichment, school improvement and digital learning. The brief examines just a few of the ways afterschool programs support middle school youth, families and communities.