Monday, January 24, 2022

Elements of Effective AfterSchool Program

 I saw the Tweet below today, posted by the Afterschool Alliance.  It includes a graphic showing elements of comprehensive afterschool programs.  View the Pdf here.

In many of my own articles I've used a version of the graphic below to communicate ideal program design.

I actually think the AfterSchool Alliance graphic is more comprehensive. The only thing it's missing is a block showing "extra adult support/mentors" but maybe that's implied in the various types of activities included on their graphic.  

What they do include, more than I do, are other elements such as "wrap around family supports" and "healthy food and exercise".  

Helping youth programs get the volunteers and dollars needed to build and sustain such programs is what I've focused on since forming the Tutor/Mentor Connection in 1993 and Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC in 2011.  

Here's one article that uses the graphic at the left. Here's a few others that focus on program design and infrastructure.  

I'd love to find more people creating their own graphics to show program design and infrastructure needed, as well as maps that show all the places where such programs are most needed. 

I encourage you to share these articles and graphics with people you know and start discussions about ways you can help comprehensive programs grow in all high poverty areas of Chicago and other places. 

Be the YOU in this graphic. 

As you look at the recommendations from the afterschool alliance here are two more resources.

8 Conditions for Student Success - developed by the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations (QISA)-  click here

8 dimensions of development from Afterschool Allstars Project - watch video. See chart at 9 minute mark. 

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