Adolescents as Citizens - Overview
The program seeks to increase meaningful learning opportunities and positive youth development for school-age children during non-school hours.
Research has shown that high-quality out-of-school time programs have positive impacts on participants. Because of the diversity of the after-school sector, the Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) has promulgated guiding principles about quality that highlight five areas: Structure and Management; Positive Connections; Safety and Health; and Activities. The full statement can be found here.
Organizations seeking grant funds from the Endowments should be able to discuss their program relative to these principles. Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST) led the development of a self-assessment tool for this purpose.
Professional development for staff is an important strategy for improving program quality. Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST) provides regular symposia, seminars and certification training. Announcements for these events are posted at AfterschoolPGH, the local information source for programs. In addition, this website provides a directory of programs for parents, teachers and children. The Endowments expects that applicants keep their program information current in this directory.
An important part of quality is measuring participants’ outcomes and using those to improve programming. The Endowments has supported agency-driven efforts to improve programs’ abilities to measure outcomes. That work, managed by The Forbes Funds, has resulted in the creation of several tools that program staff should find helpful.
What’s New in Out-of-School Time?
Pittsburgh celebrated Lights On Afterschool with a very special neighbor.
On Valentine’s Day, more than 70 people attended a symposium to get an update on the most current federal and state afterschool policy issues from Jennifer Rinehart, Vice President of Research & Policy at the Afterschool Alliance and Kacy Conley, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network. (Photo by Felicia Brown)