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8 Ways to Evolve Your OST Programs Online

By Shira Woolf Cohen, Youth Today This summer was filled with disappointments as each camp I had enrolled my daughter in — both day camp and overnight camp — were cancelled. All around the country, young campers’ hearts were broken. As a past camper myself, I felt these young people’s pain. Camps are the place […]

The Importance of Healing-Centered Afterschool Programs in the COVID-19 era

By Shawn Knecht, American Youth Policy Forum For a moment, imagine you are about to enter a room for a big test or an important job interview. How do you feel? Anxious? Overwhelmed? Do you have trouble concentrating? Maybe you could not sleep the night before? Perhaps you would experience all the above and more. […]

Reed Larson, professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Department of Human and Community Development.

Meet positive youth development expert Reed Larson

Editor’s note: Reed Larson’s seminal research on the lives of teenagers helped to launch the field of positive youth development, and his insights and findings continue to enrich the work of mentoring researchers. His work explores the contexts of daily life and how developmental processes unfold in extra-curricular activities. Reed is a professor in the Department of Human and Community […]

The myth of over-scheduling: Engaging in organized after school activities in adolescence leads to positive outcomes in both adolescence and young adulthood.

Mahoney, J. L., & Vest, A. E. (2012). The over-scheduling hypothesis revisited: Intensity of organized activity participation during adolescence and young adult outcomes. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 22(3), 409-418. Summarized by Carol Lee, University of Massachusetts Boston Clinical Psychology Graduate Student Introduction: Research has shown that organized after-school and extracurricular activities increase an adolescent’s […]