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Successful Programs Designed with Older Youth in Mind

Research in afterschool indicates that older youth want their time to count. They want programming to be relevant for them either now or in the near future. Older youth also look for opportunities to connect with peers and flexible program hours.

To meet these needs,

  • Include workforce development, SAT and college preparation content, or life skills content
  • Actively structure your program to facilitate social interactions, with youth committees and peer groups
  • Offer drop-in programming with schedule and attendance flexibility (e.g. youth can come to the program as desired)