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April 3, 2007

New Research: After school programs matter!

A new study released by CASEL, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (University of Illinois at Chicago) indicates how important after school programs are to youth and adolescents. The CASEL report, "The Impact of After School Programs that Promote Personal and Social Skills," indicates that youth who participate in after school programs imporve significantly in three major areas:
-feelings and attitudes
-indicators of behavioral adjustment, and
-school performance

The study also noted that effective programs use evidence-based approaches that measure outcomes and progress.

Research like the CASEL report confirms the work of the MYCL communities to better engage youth with learning. Evaluation confirms that after school programs which engage youth with the larger community have multiple benefits for youth. That really is community development.

Access CASEL report: http://www.casel.org/downloads/ASP-Exec.pdf

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