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May 20, 2015
Leave Them Wanting More!: Engaging Youth in Afterschool
M. Elena Lopez
FINE Newsletter, Volume VII, Issue 2
Issue Topic: Engaging Students in Afterschool Learning
Afterschool programs are a powerful influence in the lives of young people. They offer safe spaces where youth receive personal attention, find academic support, form friendships, discover their passions, and develop new talents. But the benefits of afterschool programs can only be realized if youth are engaged and take full advantage of the opportunities before them.
In this commentary (PDF), M. Elena Lopez explores the different dimensions along which afterschool programs can engage youth and offers promising practices for afterschool programs to do this well. These dimensions of engagement in afterschool settings include:
This resource is part of the FINE Newsletter on Engaging Students in Afterschool Learning. The FINE Newsletter shares the newest and best family engagement research and resources from Harvard Family Research Project and other field leaders. To access the archives of past issues, please visit www.hfrp.org/FINENewsletter. To subscribe to the FINE Newsletter, please visit our subscription center.