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To support the healthy development of all young people, look beyond academic achievement to comprehensive planning and funding sustainability. Policy includes research and case studies to help communities plan and fund youth programs.


Reports & articles

Youth Program Accreditation Issue Brief (PDF)
Produced by Extension: Kate Walker
Captures and documents multiple perspectives and ideas from the field about accreditation issues and approaches. The primary audience for this issue brief is funders and policy makers. 2012

Supporting Youth Success: The Promise of Expanded Learning Opportunities (PDF)
Youth Community Connections, Minnesota’s Statewide Afterschool Alliance
Final report from Youth Community Connections work on ways of supporting youth success through expanded learning opportunities in the state. 2011

Building Opportunity: Developing City Systems to Expand and Improve After School Programs
Martha Holleman, M. Jane Sundius, Eric Bruns
This paper presents the community context and underlying principles that drove the development of Baltimore’s After-School Strategy; articulates a set of system components derived from this experience and the available literature; and lays out future work to expand high quality after-school opportunities for youth in Baltimore and in other distressed urban environments. 2010

Once We Know It, We Can Grow It (PDF) Summary version (PDF)
Produced by Extension: Joyce Walker, Cecilia Gran, Deborah Moore
A white paper on how quality matters in multiple dimensions of nonformal learning in the nonschool hours. 2009

Economic Return of Afterschool Programs (PDF)
Paul Anton
A brief report presenting return-on-investment in regards to after-school programming. 2008

A New Day for Learning: A report from the Time, Learning, and Afterschool Task Force (PDF)
A. Lewis; C. S. Mott Foundation
An article that includes five elements of a new learning system, which contends that the nation's steady progress as an economy and as a society will end unless we profoundly change our thinking and polices about how children learn and develop. 2007

Shaping the future of after-school, The After School Corporation (PDF)
Collaborative for Building After-School Systems
A report the Collaborative (CBASS) published to document the critical role intermediaries play in the development of after-school systems in their cities. This report shows how intermediaries have helped increase the quality, sustainability, and availability of after-school and offers a vision for public policy change to support the continued growth of after-school. 2007

Nothing New Under the Sun: A Century of Thought About Out-of-School Time and Social Capital (PDF)
Produced by Extension: Jerry Stein
An article explaining how the history of "positive out-of-school time" (POST) shows how youth work is essential to school reform and community revitalization movements. 2002

The National Conversation on Youth Development in the 21st Century: Final Report(PDF)
National 4-H Council
Specific and strategic calls to action on a national level, based on a nationwide research and strategic planning process completed in 2002.

Moving an Out-of-School Agenda: Lessons and Challenges Across Cities (PDF)
Joel Tolman, Karen Pittman, Nicole Yohalem, Jean Thomases & Ming Trammel
The Forum for Youth Investment assessed youth work in four cities and indentified significant and recurring gaps in the out-of-school hours, and the challenges cities face as they address this and other issues. 2002

Becoming a University of Promise (PDF)
Robert Bruininks
An article by the president of the University of Minnesota outlining the plan to become a University of Promise, allied with the America's Promise campaign. 2001

Minnesota Alliance With Youth: Reflections and Analysis of the Journey (PDF)
Produced by Extension: Dale Blyth and Mary Marczak
This article reflects on the experiences of the Minnesota Alliance with Youth since 1997 as it sought to advance this movement in the state of Minnesota. 2001

Challenges and Opportunities in After-school Programs: Lessons for Policymakers & Funders
Jean Baldwin Grossman, Karen Walker and Rebecca Raley
Public/Private Venture publication that looks at the strengths and challenges for after-school program success, drawing data from the Extended-Service School Adaptation Initiative. 2001

Extension's Roles in Community Youth Development for the 21st Century (PDF)
Produced by Extension: Dale Blyth
An article on the role of Extension and 4-H in youth development today with the arrival of a new millennium. 2000

Related organizations

Children, Youth & Families Consortium
CYFC's policy unit brings Minnesota state legislators together to talk and informs them on evidence-based research on youth development.

A database of research-based youth development materials, particularly for at-risk audiences. Includes curricula, new and seminal research, technology and program evaluation resources.

Harvard Family Research Project
Research on more effective youth development practices, programs, and policies.

Search Institute
Research-based solutions to challenges facing young people.

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