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After-school Is Urgently Needed During the Great Pandemic to Build Resilience, Relationships

By Gil Noam, Youth Today Most schools around the country are still scrambling to get into this school year. States and local districts are continuously updating their decisions — a trend that we’ll see throughout the academic year. That creates an enormous uncertainty not only for schools but also for the out-of-school time field. In […]

How one Philadelphia after-school program works to be trauma-informed

By Stell Simonton, YouthToday On an afternoon in October, kids in the Sunrise of Philadelphia after-school program made tissue-paper marigolds, assembled little altars and created masks. It was the Day of the Dead celebration held by Sunrise partner, Fleisher Art Memorial. They wrote poems about people who were no longer with them, either lost to death or simply […]

Singing bill to help mentoring causes.

Public housing after-school programs could get boost if AHEAD bill passes

By Stell Simonton, Youth Today Editor’s Note: We often think of mentoring programs based out of schools, libraries, or YMCA’s. Having after-school programs connected with public housing authorities has the potential to open doors for youth who aren’t able to attend because of after school responsibilities. The AHEAD bill, now before Congress, could expand such […]

Mentoring in the News: Focus on the relationship in after-school programs

Written by Nancy Deutsch, University of Virginia Curry School of Education When the bell rings at the end of the school day, students run from the classroom to a host of different activities. Some will work with adults to build on the lessons they learned in the classroom. Others will join a sports team, orchestra […]

How sports participation can foster leadership and success

“Homeroom” The Official blog of the U.S. Department of Education Recently, ED [the Department of Education] invited student athletes from Urban Squash to speak about how they can use sports for leadership development and academic success. The organization is a youth development program that combines the sport of squash with academics, mentoring, community service, and […]

Department of Justice Helps At-Risk Youth With After-School and Mentoring Programs

Stephen M. Coan reprinted from the Huffington Post Research by The Wallace Foundation, one of the leaders in funding after-school programs, demonstrates that at-risk youth do better in school and are less likely to engage in harmful behavior when they have access to a structured after-school program. In addition, these students benefit significantly when they […]