Ajay Khashu, Center for After-School Excellence.
"Developing Effective Teen After-School Workers"
A research project on promising strategies for developing high school youth to work in after-school programs. It will be an examination of a promising workforce development strategy, the City Scholars Academy, as well as explore general questions about how after-school organizations work to support teen after-school workers.
Milbrey McLaughlin and Ingrid Nelson, John W. Gardner Center for the Study of Youth and Their Communities, Stanford University
An examination of the role of youth development program participation in the pathways to college of working class and Latino adolescents. The study will examine the ways in which the value of program participation varies across youth.
Ellen Markowitz, University of Virginia, School of Education
An ethnographic case study that focuses on better understanding the social processes between adolescents and adults, and between adolescents and their peers that facilitate positive youth development for girls in an after school setting with a mentoring component. Part of a larger evaluation; this study will explore the processes occurring within mentoring groups themselves.
David Shernoff and Deborah Lowe Vandell, University of Northern Illinois
Part of an on-going study of the experiential benefits of afterschool program participation, including increased engagement, intrinsic motivation, and concentrated effort. The grant will be for an analysis of whether the quality of students' experiences and mood states in afterschool programs are related to skill and initiative, social competency and social relations, destructive behaviors, and academic performance.