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Meeting the High School Challenge: Making After-School Work for Older Students

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July 10, 2012
Meeting the High School Challenge

Serving teens effectively is one of the greatest challenges for the after-school field. Many teens have responsibilities outside of school, including work and family commitments. Compared to younger students, whose lives are often managed by parents, high school students make their own decisions about whether to participate in after-school programs, and they want choice and influence. They expect returnson their investment of time, in the form of leadership opportunities, job preparation, academic credits or stipends.

They're also interested in exploring subjects not covered during the school day, socializing with other students and creating tangible works, such as art or video projects. Their interests are more individualized and varied than those of children and younger adolescents.

This report examines the challenges of engaging teens in after-school programs and describes three programmatic approaches.

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