Afterschool Matters Spring 2023

College Access Through Youth-Led Afterschool Programming

By Helen Chiu, Sarai Koo, George D. Taylor, and Gregory K. Tanaka

With a public school student-to-counselor ratio that has surpassed 400 to 1 nationally for the past 30 years (American School Counselor Association, 2020), afterschool programs play a vital role in bridging disparities in college access.


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Promoting Mental Health Careers and Improving Mental Health Outcomes Among Latinx Youth

By Sarah Underwood, Heather Diaz, Stephanie Manieri, and Magalli Larqué

“Before I started this program, if anybody ever said they had a mental illness, I’d probably immediately have thought that they were crazy. And I probably would have had this perspective that I myself could never have a mental illness because, as a Latina, I have to be strong and resilient. I can’t show signs of weakness because that’s not who we are.”


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How Clean Is My Water?

A Culturally Responsive, Project-Based Interdisciplinary Summer Camp

By Alma D. Stevenson and Shelli L. Casler-Failing

During recent decades, educational reform in the U.S. has favored standards-driven curricula with the purpose of improving education. However, national assessments have not demonstrated significant improvements in educational outcomes, especially among economically disadvantaged and minoritized populations (Hussar & Bailey, 2017).


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Connecting Afterschool Program Quality to Social, Emotional, and Literacy Skill Development

By Neil Naftzger, Kathryn Wheeler, and Georgia Hall

Recent research syntheses (see, for example, Naftzger & Newman, 2021) have detailed how afterschool programs can support youth learning and development, including social and emotional learning, interest development, increased engagement in school, and a variety of school-related outcomes. However, one area that has received less attention is how afterschool programs that meet established quality benchmarks can support the development of social and emotional skills and of literacy skills among participating children.


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The Afterschool Matters Initiative is managed by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time, a program of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College

Georgia Hall, PhD, is Managing Editor of the Afterschool Matters Journal

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