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Understanding the "How" of Quality Improvement: Lessons from the Rhode Island Program Quality Intervention
By Elizabeth Devaney, Charles Smith, and Kenneth Wong
The question is not only whether programs improve but how quality interventions effect change in afterschool program practices. 10 pages.

Exploring Self-Esteem in Girls' Sports Program: Competencies and Connections Create Change
By Ellen Markowitz
We say our programs "build self-esteem," but we struggle to document the changes we see taking place in youth. Shifting the focus from how youth feel to their competence and connections may help. 10 pages.

Helping Youth Prepare for Careers: What Can Out-of-School Time Programs Do?
By Kathryn Hynes, Kaylin M. Greene, And Nicole Constance
Exemplary career programming overcomes the obstacles to engaging older youth and shows them how to find the "next rung on the ladder." 10 pages.

Supporting Youth with Special Needs in Out-of-School Time: A Study of OST Providers in New Jersey
By Jane Sharp, Elizabeth Rivera Rodas, and Alan R. Sadovnik
A survey of OST administrators and staff shows that professional development can influence providers' willingness and ability to include children with special needs in their programs. 11 pages.

Human Resources: Staffing Out-of-School Time Programs in the 21st Century
By Ron Asher
Offering low-wage, part-time jobs is a systemic feature of the afterschool landscape. Now what? 6 pages

Beyond the Pipeline: STEM Pathways for Youth Development
By Gabrielle H. Lyon, Jameela Jafri, and Kathleen St. Louis
Empowering underrepresented groups to pursue STEM interests is less a matter of repairing a "leaky pipeline" than of building pathways for meaningful participation. 10 pages.

Build IT: Scaling and Sustaining and Afterschool Computer Science Program for Girls
By Melissa Koch, Torie Gorges, and William R. Penuel
"Co-design" - including youth development staff along with curriculum designers - is the key to developing an effective program that is both scalable and sustainable. 9 pages.

Publication Date

Fall 2012




Social and Behavioral Sciences

Afterschool Matters Fall 2012