After-school centers and youth development: case studies of by Barton J. Hirsch, Nancy L. Deutsch, David L. DuBois

By Barton J. Hirsch, Nancy L. Deutsch, David L. DuBois

This ebook examines after-school courses in mild in their explosive development in recent times. within the rush to mount courses, there's a risk of selling susceptible ones of little price and failing to enforce robust ones properly. yet what's caliber and the way can it's completed? This e-book provides findings from a thorough research of 3 after-school facilities that differed dramatically in caliber. Drawing from 233 web site visits, the authors study how - and why - youngsters thrive in reliable courses and endure in vulnerable ones. The e-book gains enticing, in-depth case reviews of every of the 3 facilities and of six youths, from each one heart. Written in a hugely obtainable type for lecturers, formative years staff, after-school software leaders, and coverage makers, the learn breaks new floor in highlighting the significance of things reminiscent of collective mentoring, synergies between diverse courses and actions, and organizational tradition and practices. directions are integrated for application development.

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A handful of children are seated at each ping-pong table’s bench, waiting their turn to play the winner of the previous game. There are also kids sitting at various tables on the east side of the room, doing homework or playing board games. . There is hip-hop music playing from a radio that sits on a windowsill between the two ping-pong tables. Peace and order, however, do not always reign. Shouting and peer conlict, and several dozen kids running about, can at times lend the room the appearance of chaos, as a staff member noted after one such episode: Our game room is so wild.

12 on Tue Oct 09 11:03:46 BST 2012. 2 At the beginning of the year, there were ive full-time and two part-time staff (which includes a full-time administrator); by the end of the year, two additional full-time staff had joined the center. This chapter focuses on the Midwest center as an organization, on its capacity to provide high-quality mentoring relationships, activities, and programs. In a sense, we are providing an in-depth site report. Most site visits occur over one or two days; our visits took place twice weekly over the course of an entire academic year.

50 See Arbreton, Sheldon, & Herrera (2005) for an overview of research on the clubs; for more recent studies, see, for example, Arbreton (2009) and Fredricks, Hackett, & Bregman (2010). 51 For a detailed account of the implementation of Smart Girls, see Hirsch (2005). 12 on Tue Oct 09 11:03:46 BST 2012. 002 Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2012 28 Introduction located in public schools, operated by community-based organizations, and serve both youth and adults. There are currently eighty NYC Beacons.

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