Older Youth


Engaging Enrichment Clubs Webinar

Engaging Enrichment Clubs is a 45 minute webinar brought to you by the Older Youth Committee of the California AfterSchool Network. This webinar identifies why engaging enrichment clubs are so crucial to expanded learning programs and features two interviews with Site Coordinators who have been very successful implementing high-quality, engaging enrichment clubs in their older youth programs.


Older Youth Credit Recovery Webinar

Older Youth Credit Recovery Webinar

The Credit Recovery in Out of School Time webinar focusing on transition, bridging, and credit recovery. Credit Recovery, part of a larger high school dropout strategy, allows students that are credit deficient to potentially graduate on time by providing intentional opportunities through increased access. Participants will be shown why credit recovery in “out of school time” makes sense and is a good fit for both the school and its students.

Access the Credit Recovery Webinar here


Inside the Teenage Brain- a Frontline episode

New neuroscience research has shown that a crucial part of the brain undergoes extensive changes during puberty. It’s long been known that the architecture of the brain is largely set in place during the first few years of life. But with the aid of new technologies such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), scientists are mapping changes in pre-teen and teenage brains and finding evidence that remarkable growth and change continue for decades.


Campaign for Quality
Promising Practices From California's High School After School Programs

This guide is an installment of the California Afterschool Network Campaign for Quality. The Campaign for Quality seeks to connect after school practitioners to research-supported promising practices grounded in field experience.

This Guide seeks to highlight people, programs, and successful practices that are supported by research and achieving successful results in California’s high school After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) programs.


A World Fit for Kids

A World Fit for Kids physical activity-based youth development training programs are a sustainable, scalable way to help others achieve the same results we do in our own programs: reduced obesity, increased graduation rates, enhanced work readiness, and the development of physical, mental and emotional well-being.


Adolescent Literacy Toolkit

The Secondary School Redesign Project website at the Council for Chief State School Officers includes the Adolescent Literacy Toolkit. The toolkit was developed by the Council and its partners. It contains resources for states and teachers related to developing state-level professional development activities and integrating literacy strategies and best practices in core content areas.


Engaging Older Youth: Program and City-Level Strategies to Support-Sustained Participation in Out-of-School Time.

The new report, Engaging Older Youth, examines the program practices and structural features of almost 200 OST programs across six cities, primarily serving low-income youth. Among these programs, providing leadership opportunities to youth participants and having staff members stay informed about their participants outside of programs stand out as two of the most important practices for retention.


What Works for Programs for Older Youth

A new Child Trends fact sheet, What Works for Older Youth During the Transition to Adulthood, examines the role that programs for older youth can play in promoting positive development and subsequent self-sufficiency in adulthood. It synthesizes the findings from 31 rigorous evaluations of programs; all of the programs evaluated youth outcomes during the transition to adulthood (ages 18 to 25), but programs varied in the ages of targeted youth. Among the findings:


Learning Around the Clock: Benefits of Expanded Learning Opportunities for Older Youth

Learning Around the Clock: Benefits of Expanded Learning Opportunities for Older Youth identifies and describes Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELOs) that improve academic performance, college and career preparation, social and emotional development, and health and wellness outcomes for underserved youth. The term “expanded learning opportunity” is used to describe the range of programs and activities available to young people that occur beyond regular school hours.


Youth Impact: Youth Led Evaluation What Kids Can Do

When the facilitators of Youth IMPACT in San Francisco offered 17-year-old Lily a raise to $9.50/hour in her after school job, she jumped at the opportunity. “But it wasn’t the money,” she explains, “it was the project. I wanted to make sure that the work we did went on and didn’t end up in a closet somewhere.”


PASE Afterschool Youth Outcomes Inventory

PASE presents the Afterschool Youth Outcomes Inventory, a comprehensive tool for afterschool practitioners to use in assessing and articulating their programs’ impact on youth. This inventory represents a collective effort to identify a full realm of outcomes for children and youth and present these outcomes in clear and accessible language. Programs can use this inventory to communicate their impact to variety of stakeholders as well as to more readily identify and measure this positive impact.


High School After School Program Start-Up

A practical program start-up guide for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) After School Safety and Education for Teens (ASSETs) programs. The guide provides a starting point for strategic planning and intentional action; from knowing the scope of 21st CCLC programs and grant assurances, to program philosophy, program coordination, collaboration, staffing, scheduling and logistics. The guide provides checklists and tips for coordinating the multiple aspects of ASSETs programs from program leadership to the site level.


Developing Youth-Led Activities

Quality after school programs incorporate what is commonly referred to as a youth development approach. This approach focuses on what children and youth need as they mature into responsible, caring adults. All effective youth programs have youth development at their core. Youth Development is not offered as a separate program or program component, it is a philosophy in which the principles are intentionally practiced and applied through actions and encompass everything done.

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High School After School Program Quality Self-Assessment Rubric (QSAR)

The QSAR Tool provides after school programs serving older youth with a clear and concise way to start important conversations about program quality. The QSAR Tool facilitates program quality improvement and support through a self-directed process, rather than through external monitoring. The QSAR Tool is meant to support a reflective process in which program staff and stakeholders explore their own programs and work collaboratively to develop strategies to enhance policies, procedures and practices.