After-School Programs to Promote Positive Youth Development

Integrating Research into Practice and Policy, Volume 1
by Nancy L. Deutsch
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Publisher: Springer International Publishing

Series: SpringerBriefs in Psychology

Publication Date: July 30, 2017

ISBN: 9783319591322

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The first volume of this SpringerBrief presents a series of papers compiled from a conference about how after-school programs may be implemented to promote positive youth development (PYD) hosted by Youth-Nex, the University of Virginia Center to Promote Effective Youth Development. This volume reviews the importance of after-school programs for PYD and discusses key components of effective after-school programs. It also discusses issues related to the evaluation and measurement of quality in after-school programs. In addition, the brief presents suggestions for how researchers, policy makers, and practitioners can move the field forward and maximize the potential of after-school time and programs for promoting positive youth development for children and adolescents. 

Topics featured in this brief include: 

  • The history of the relationship between after-school programs and positive youth development. 

  • Specific features of programs that are important for advancing positive youth development. 

  • Issues in and approaches to measuring quality in after-school programs.

  • The Quality, Engagement, Skills, Transfer (QuEST) model and its use for measuring effective after-school programs. 

  • A case study evaluation of the Girls on the Run program. 

After-School Programs to Promote Positive Youth Development, Volume 1, is a must-have resource for policy makers and related professionals, graduate students, and researchers in child and school psychology, family studies, public health, social work, law/criminal justice, and sociology.