Learning to Breathe

Learning to Breathe

Patricia Broderick’s practical and research-based mindfulness curriculum “Learning to breathe” (L2B) benefits mental-health counselors and youth workers seeking to help adolescents gain control of their emotions.

Everybody Present Mindfulness in Education

Everybody Present: Mindfulness in Education

Progressive educator John Dewey held that education is not preparation for later life but that it should be conceived of as the full meaning of the present life. Danish educators Nikolaj and Didde Flor Rotne promote the benefits of mindfulness in a similar consideration.

Afterschool Alliance Director Jodi Grant

Researcher, After-School Programs Honored

Deborah Lowe Vandell, founding dean of the School of Education at the University of California-Irvine, has been named National Afterschool Champion by the Afterschool Alliance for her research on the effectiveness of out-of-school time (OST) programs...

OST at Capitol Hill

OST Advocates Descend on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON — Surging demand for out-of-school programs far exceeds supply and advocates are asking lawmakers to boost the budget this fall. The annual lobbying day, organized by the Afterschool Alliance, a Washington-based nonprofit, brought more than 250 OST advocates from 46 states to the nation’s capital.

Grant Funding

Gathering Data for Grants Gets Trickier

The current appetite for data is taking a bite out of some youth organizations. Nonprofits that serve youth are finding that funders — whether they are foundations or government agencies — want more figures that show an organization’s impact, and they want to see more specifics of who the program serves.

LA’s BEST Serves up Innovative Smorgasbord of Fun, Learning

The LA’s BEST after-school program Carla Sanger has run for 26 years has enjoyed backing from five consecutive mayors of Los Angeles, two nationally prominent California governors, Arnold Schwazenegger (R) and now Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jr. (D), and a host of other prominent figures from education, business, sports, film, science and law.

Chef Gus with Azteca Foods leads a hands-on culinary arts demonstration with teens from The Bridge.

Building Bridges to Meet Kids’ Needs

The Bridge Teen Center offers after-school and summertime programs aimed at providing recreation and homework help for seventh- through 12th-graders. But many who first encounter the out-of-school-time (OST) center make the mistake of thinking homework and rec is all it does.