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In this issue:

System Building, Relationships, and Quality Interview with NIOST’s Ellen Gannett

By Georgia Hall

Over the last nine months, Ellen Gannett, former director of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time, has transitioned to a new part-time role as NIOST’s senior strategist. Georgia Hall, the new director and managing editor of Afterschool Matters, asked Ellen to share her perspectives on the field and on a lifetime dedicated to raising the quality of youth experience during the out-of-school time hours.

A New Way to Assess Nutrition Knowledge: The Healthy Plate Photo Method

By Ashley Walther, Weiwen Chai, Tara Dunker, Lisa Franzen-Castle, and Michelle Krehbiel

Out-of-school time (OST) programs serve youth from diverse demographic backgrounds. According to the Afterschool Alliance, of the 10.2 million young people in OST programs in the U.S., 24 percent are African American and 29 percent are Latinx; 45 percent qualify for free or reduced-price school meals (Afterschool Alliance, 2014).

The Micro Temporal Arc: A Practical Planning Tool for Afterschool Student Engagement

By Scarlett Eisenhauer

For many youth, afterschool programs positively fill the time between school and home. Quality out-of-school time (OST) programs clearly can have beneficial social and academic effects on youth.

Supporting Effective Youth Work: Job-Embedded Professional Development in OST

By Jocelyn S. Wiedow

Youth work practitioners play a critical role in providing high-quality out-of-school time (OST) opportunities.

Creating High-Performance Afterschool Programs

By Sonia Toledo

In more than 25 years of training afterschool directors in New York City, I have learned that one of the greatest challenges supervisors face is developing and retaining their staff. I spend most of my energy researching best practices for afterschool and figuring out how to educate directors and make the research applicable to their work.

Youth GO: An Approach to Gathering Youth Perspectives in Out-of-School Time Programs

By Sara T. Stacy, Ignacio D. Acevedo-Polakovich, and Jonathan Rosewood

Including youth in the development and evaluation of outof- school time (OST) programs has positive effects on youth, the organizations that serve them, and the communities in which they live.

A Seat at the Table: Listening to Adolescent Black Girls

By Abigail Amoako Kayser, Annalee Jackson, and Brian Kayser

Despite having many identified strengths, adolescent Black girls in the U.S. have historically fared poorly.

Afterschool Matters: Call for Papers for Fall 2019

By Georgia Hall

The Fall 2019 issue will include a focus on creative youth development. CYD is a new term for a longstanding theory of practice that integrates creative skill building, inquiry, and expression with positive youth development principles, fueling young people’s imaginations and building critical learning and life skills.

Publication Date

Fall 2018




Social and Behavioral Sciences

Afterschool Matters Fall 2018