Promising After School
U.S. Department of Education: After School Training
Tel. (212) 684-3940 or (800) 597-9448
Videos made by young people on topics that are of interest
to young people. Topics include teen immigration, self-image and cliques.
Videos come with lesson plans and discussion
Tel. (719) 540-8000, in New York: (212) 949-5269
Activity modules for K-12 on business and economic
Operation Smart: Science, Math & Relevant
Tel. (800) 374-4475
programs for girls ages 9-11. Girls Inc. also offers other programs for girls’ empowerment and
A life skills curriculum for middle and high school age youth that
helps them make reasoned decisions, set and
meet goals, communicate effectively, learn conflict resolution and develop sound study skills. Activities incorporate literacy
The Comic Book
Tel. (212) 330-7444 for information about the project; Tel. (503)
905-2318 to purchase project materials
Literacy enrichment project for 6-8th
graders in which youth create their own comic books.
Tel. (888) 977-KIDS (5437)
Literature- and theme-based year-long
curriculum for K-6, developed especially for after-school programs to reinforce
academic skills in reading, writing and mathematics.
After-School Reading Program
Tel. (510) 533-0213 or (800) 666-7270
Children’s literature and teachers’ guides developed for use in after-school
programs with children in grades K-8.
challenging math problems, based on NCTM standards, designed to help middle
school students strengthen higher-order math skills.
Tel. (800) 242-4542
A fun math game that
reinforces basic math skills, mental mathematics, problem solving,
sensing, concentration, and critical thinking. For levels K-12.
KidzMath: An After-School Math
533-0213 or (800) 666-7270
interactive math games for children grades K-6.
Playground: A Musical Adventure For Kids”
Tel. (800) 995-9588
Multicultural curriculum incorporating world music.
A World In
Tel. (724) 772-8514 or (800)
hands-on engineering design program for grades 4-10 in which children are
challenged to explore science, math and technology by building three toys.
Tel. (718) 729-3001
This unit of the NYC Dept. of
Cultural Affairs provides arts programs with the materials that they need to
prosper and endure, including fabric, lumber, cardboard, paint and paper.
Tel. (800) 468-8898
An “Adventure Education” program with both recreational
and academic-based models that helps children build self-esteem and strengthen their social, teamwork and leadership
Developing Effective Partnerships
School and After School: 15 Ways to Improve Partnerships
Idle Hours: Making After School Time Productive and Fun for Chicago's
Based on an unprecedented partnership
among three city agencies — Chicago's school, park and library departments —
After School Matters provides paid apprenticeships in the arts, technology,
sports, and communications to high school students as well as recreational
activities in a less structured drop-in "club."
on Families! How to Build and Support Family-Centered Practices in After
Harvard Family Research
This new comprehensive, easy-to-read guide to understanding how to
engage families in after school programs is a critical resource for after school
providers looking to create or expand an existing family engagement program. It
offers a research base for why family engagement matters, concrete program
strategies for engaging families, case studies of promising family engagement
efforts, and an evaluation tool for improving family engagement practices.
Family and Parent Engagement in After-School
With a grant from The New
York Times Foundation, TASC produced a guidebook for parent engagement, which
outlines 15 examples of how site coordinators and staff are successfully
engaging parents at their after-school programs. It also contains sample
materials sites can use to improve parent involvement.
Financial and Funding Resources
Worksheet for OST and Community School Initiatives
A site that
provides grant information for PK-12
PASE/TASC Youth Funders Database provides the youth services community with the
latest public and private funding information, including ongoing funding
sources, as well as time sensitive RFPs.
Meeting the High
School Challenge: Making After-School Work for Older
This report examines the challenges of
engaging teens in after-school programs and describes three programmatic
approaches. It reflects the wisdom of The After-School Corporation (TASC) and
its many partners in engaging older students, and creating programs that can be
replicated on a large scale
New on the
Shelf: Teens in the Library - Findings from the Evaluation of Public Libraries
as Partners in Youth Development
This study reports on findings from the Public Libraries as
Partners in Youth Development (PLPYD) Initiative, a 4-year, 9-site initiative
funded by the Wallace Foundation to develop innovative models for public
libraries to provide high-quality educational enrichment and career development
programs serving underserved low-income children and youth. The evaluation
reveals that public libraries can be a resource for youth in low-income
communities. In addition to providing access to technology and a “safe” place to
be during out-of-school hours, evaluation results indicate libraries can provide
high-quality youth employment programs that include training in both specific
job skills and more general personal and social skills. These programs also can
have positive impacts on the library system and the community.
BOOST Quick Guide: A Guidebook to Great After-School Projects
In collaboration with the Queens
Library Community Library staff and BOOST Activity Assistants, and generous
support from The Wallace Foundation, TASC created The BOOST Quick Guide to share
the promising after-school activities that community libraries undertook as
demonstration projects. Library staff members are encouraged to adapt these
initiatives to suit the interests and needs of their communities. The guide
includes a description of each demonstration project, essential elements for its
implementation, and ideas for adaptation.
OST and Youth Education Research
Academy For Educational Development
Tel. (202) 884-8000 Website: www.aed.org
AED partners with schools, communities, governments and others to develop high-quality, sustainable after-school efforts and approaches to working constructively with youth, and designs, guides, and evaluates programs that affect and involve youth.
The Forum For Youth Investment
Tel. (202) 207-3333 Website: www.forumforyouthinvestment.org
A nonprofit organization dedicated to helping communities and the nation make sure all young people are ready for work, college and life by age 21.
Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP)
HFRP works to strengthen family, school, and community partnerships in early childhood care and education; promotes evaluation and accountability; and offers professional development to those who work directly with children, youth, and families. Site contains many links covering youth education and development.
The Institute For Youth Development
Tel. (703) 471-8750 Website: www.youthdevelopment.org
IYD is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that promotes a comprehensive message to youth in the U.S. and around the world to avoid five harmful risk behaviors: alcohol, drugs, sex, tobacco and violence.
National Institute on Out-of-School time
Tel. (781) 283-2547 Website: www.niost.org
Provides information on: research, evaluation and consultation; policy development and public awareness; and training and curriculum development for OST programs nationwide.
Promising Practices in Afterschool System (PPAS)
Tel. (202) 884-8267 Website: www.afterschool.org
A website is for after-school program directors who want to improve the quality of their programs that contains a database on afterschool programs and links to funding sources.
Tel. (215) 557-4400, in New York: (212) 822-2400 Website: www.ppv.org
A national non-profit organization whose mission is to
improve the effectiveness of social policies, programs and community
initiatives, especially as they affect youth and young adults.
Beyond the Barriers: Attracting and Sustaining Youth Participation in
Out-of-School Time Programs
Harvard Family Research Project
This brief culls information from several
implementation and impact evaluations of out-of-school time programs to develop
a set of promising strategies to attract and sustain youth participation in the
Negotiating Among Opportunity and
Constraint: The Participation of Young People in Out-of-School-Time
The report investigates how young people learn about and
choose to get involved in different kinds of out-of-school opportunities and the
influence that family members, peers, and non-family adults have on their
thinking and decision making. It also explores the relationship between young
people’s participation in out-of-school programs and their interests,
aspirations, and assessments of the kinds of opportunities and barriers found
within their families, schools and neighborhoods. Finally, it offers conclusions
and recommendations about how to improve opportunities for young people based on
the insights provided by them, including specific suggestions about approaches
to outreach, access, ongoing engagement and program provision.
School Programs in the 21st Century: Their Potential and What it Takes to
This research brief draws on seminal research and evaluation
studies to address two primary questions: (a) Does participation in after school
programs make a difference, and, if so (b) what conditions appear to be
necessary to achieve positive results? The brief concludes with a set of
questions to spur conversation about the evolving role of after school in
efforts to expand time and opportunities for children and youth in the 21st
Resources for Providers
Theme-related after-school curricula including clubs
program guides, homework help manuals and other support materials.
The Boys &
Girls Clubs of America
Tel. (404) 487-5700, in New York: (212) 351-5480
Services offers a broad range of youth development and youth leadership
curricula for Boys & Girls Club affiliates.
include: “Passport to Manhood,” a rite-of-passage program for 11-13 year old
boys, and a version for girls called “Smart Girls.”
Public Library Online
Offers homework help 360 days a year, 7 days a week, from
2:00-11:00 pm in an instant messaging style that allows students in grades 4-12
the chance to interact with live tutors in 20-minute one-on-one sessions in the
areas of math, science, social studies and english.
Museum of Manhattan
"Junior Staff Internship Program" for High
College Internships Available
Professional Development and Parent Workshops
Pressline City Park’s Foundation
The mission of
Children’s PressLine is to give kids the power to interview their peers and
politicians to help build better citizens and a more informed electorate.
Parks Foundation: City Parks Junior Golf Center
CityParks Junior Golf Center is a new, state-of-the-art facility that offers
free golf instruction to New York City children between the ages of 6-17.
on Our Future (BOOF) program is for financial education for youth ages 9-18 at
no cost to school districts, with a focus on urban, under-served
communities. The program consists of five modules, I. Basics of Banking
and Financial Services, II. Checking & Savings Accounts, III. The Power of
Credit, IV. Basic Investments, and V. Dignity that are taught by volunteer HOPE
Corp members who are trained to break down their knowledge of banking and credit
into terms that youth can understand and utilize immediately. Corporate Council
Leadership forum for private sector CEOs,
deans of universities and the heads of government agencies.
Teaching Cases For Program Managers and Site Coordinators
School for Cindy: Family, School, and Community Roles in Out-of-School Time
Harvard Family Research
Second grade teacher Nikki believes that participation in a
formal after school program would help her student Cindy academically at school.
However, Cindy's single working mother Marla prefers to keep Cindy with her in
the afternoons after her numerous struggles with securing quality affordable
care in the community. What are the roles of family, school, and community in
promoting children's learning and development in out-of-school
Fund For The
City of New York / Youth Development Institute
Tel. (646) 943-8820
Development Institute (YDI) helps organizations apply the most promising
research and practices so that young people can grow and develop through powerful, sustained,
and joyful experiences. Our partners include government agencies, funders, policymakers, community organizations, schools,
and colleges. YDI provides technical assistance, disseminates information, develops
policy, and conducts research to strengthen the quality and increase
the availability of these positive opportunities throughout the United
Partnership for After School
Tel. (212) 571-2664
The largest network of after-school programs in the
country, PASE is a leading provider of professional development for after-school
staff. In its programs and initiatives, PASE promotes best practices in
after-school programs and functions as a strong voice for youth.
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What Kids Can
Do (WKCD) is a national nonprofit founded in January 2001 by an educator and
journalist with more than 40 years' combined experience supporting adolescent
learning in and out of school.
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