Learning Around the Clock: Benefits of Expanded Learning Opportunities for Older Youth

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American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF)

Programs that offer youth expanded learning opportunities are placed under a microscope in this report, which provides detailed evaluations of 22 high-quality programs.

Expanded learning opportunities – a combination of traditional academic after-school programs and alternative activities, such as high school students taking classes on college campuses – are shown to lead to measurable improvements in academics, career preparation, social and emotional development, and health and wellness. The study evaluates only strong programs that serve mostly middle school and high school students. The 22 program summaries make up a majority of the report and include information on program services, target population and all relevant studies that measured the programs’ success.

The nonprofit AYPF is a professional development organization aimed at policymakers, practitioners and researchers working on youth and education issues. Free, 180 pages. (202) 775-9731, http://www.aypf.org/documents/AYPF_ELOs_w-cvr.pdf.