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Access to Quality Youth Programs and the Role They Play in Positive Youth Development

By Search Institute High-quality youth programs are a foundation for success for young people, allowing them to discover and build on their strengths and identities. They foster positive youth development in myriad ways, creating spaces where young people are known, seen, and valued. In particular, opportunities to participate in the arts, sports, and conservation activities […]

Beyond academics: How after-school programs play an essential role on youth development & learning

Philp, K. (2022). More than homework help: The critical role of afterschool programs for youth learning and development. Theory Into Practice.  https://doi.org/10.1080/00405841.2022.2107344 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Despite the growing popularity of after-school programs (APS) in America, their impact and funding are still controversial. This journal article reviews findings about after-school programs to highlight […]

Lessons learned from after-school program responses to COVID-19 in Spain

Morata, T., López, P., Palasí, E., Hodges, J. C., & Calvo, R. (2022). After-school programmes response to the COVID-19 pandemic: Lessons learned from Barcelona, Spain. Child & Family Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12925 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  ​​ The COVID-19 pandemic has had a detrimental impact on youths’ academics and psychosocial well-being, particularly those from low-income […]

Supporting student success through joint decision-making in schools

Lyons, M. D., Edwards, K. D., & Fallavollita, W. L. (2021). Promoting mentoring relationships through joint decisions: Evidence from a national mentoring program. School Psychology, 36(4), 214–223. https://doi.org/10.1037/spq0000440 Summarized by Maggie Bayly Notes of Interest: A strong mentor-mentee relationship is established through a personal and emotional connection with a nonfamilial adult. The quality of the […]

New study on school-based “motivation interviewing mentorship” intervention in India

Hart, M. J., Sable, R., Gupta, A., Boddu, J., & McQuillin, S. D. (2022). Adapting a School-Based Motivational Interviewing Mentoring Program for Use in India. School Psychology International, 43(2), 196–216. https://doi.org/10.1177/01430343221080782 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Youth mentoring is a common approach that is increasingly being implemented abroad to promote supportive, caring relationships and positive […]

What can we learn from historically marginalized youth’ experiences with after-school engagement?

Sjogren, A. L., & Melton, T. N. (2021). The Complexities of Student Engagement for Historically Marginalized Youth in an After-School Program. Journal of Youth Development, 16(5), 105–121. https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2021.1068 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Although after-school programs are known for promoting positive youth outcomes, families from under-resourced backgrounds are less likely to have access to quality […]

New study investigates the effectiveness of a peer-mentoring school intervention in the UK

Stapley, E., Town, R., Yoon, Y., Lereya, S. T., Farr, J., Turner, J., Barnes, N., & Deighton, J. (2022). A mixed methods evaluation of a peer mentoring intervention in a UK school setting: Perspectives from mentees and mentors. Children and Youth Services Review, 132, 106327. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2021.106327 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Peer support has become increasingly […]

Youth Programs: What Makes Them Effective?

By Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD, Roots of Action Youth programs abound today, claiming numerous positive outcomes for adolescents. What tweens and teens learn in youth programs can help them develop better social skills, become leaders, gain greater knowledge of themselves, and foster lifelong relationships. But programs vary widely in quality. What makes youth programs effective? How […]

Co-Creating for Impact: Five Steps to More Responsive Youth Programming

By Linda Fogarty, International Youth Foundation It’s easy—and fashionable—to talk about engaging youth in development programming, but it’s much harder to make it happen. Everyone agrees it’s important, but commitment to meaningful youth engagement falls short without a strong plan and a structure for true collaboration. Developmental Evaluation (DE) is one solution. First proposed by […]