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Making the Most of the Middle: A Strategic Model for Middle School Afterschool Programs
By Holly Morehouse
Building on—ratherthan trying to overcome—the unique characteristics of early adolescence, Vermont’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers are using the “five Rs of program design” to improve middle schoolers’ attendance and youth development outcomes. 10 pages.

Preparing Youth for the 21st Century Knowledge Economy: Youth Programs and Workforce Preparation
By Graham R. Cochran and Theresa M. Ferrari
By emphasizing work-based learning, youth programs can not only meet their youth development goals but also prepare young people for success in the knowledge economy of the 21st century. 15 pages.

The Girl Game Company: Engaging Latina Girls in Information Technology
By Jill Denner, Steve Bean, and Jacob Martinez
A program that teaches middle-school Latinas to program their own computer games seeks ways of overcoming the growing shortfall of both Latinos and women in IT education and careers. 10 pages.

It’s All Happening at the Zoo: Children’s Environmental Learning after School
By Jason A. Douglas and Cindi Katz
This study focuses on the combined role of zoos and an out-of-school-time program focused on environmental issues in influencing children’s relationship with and sense of responsibility toward animals and the environment. 10 pages.

Putting Our Questions at the Center: Afterschool Matters Practitioner Fellowships
By Sara L. Hill, Susan Matloff-Nieves, and Lena O. Townsend
Practitioner research fellowships help transform out-of-school-time practitioners from consumers of others’ research to makers of knowledge based on their own experience and practices. 5 pages.

Publication Date

Spring 2009






Social and Behavioral Sciences

Afterschool Matters Spring 2009