Meeting the High School Challenge: Making After-School Work for Older Students

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Older youths who participate in after-school programs significantly improve their chances for success, but serving them effectively is one of the greatest challenges for the after-school field. In this paper, TASC provides the wisdom accrued over the past nine years by its high school partners, their staffs, school leaders and some of the more than 4,500 youth annually served by one of the nation's largest after-school efforts. It describes three promising programmatic models - Community, Targeted and Stand-Alone programs; provides examples; examines the situations in which they work best; and warns of possible pitfalls.

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