After-School Programs to Promote Positive Youth Development

Integrating Research into Practice and Policy, Volume 1

  • Nancy L. Deutsch

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)

Also part of the Advances in Child and Family Policy and Practice book sub series (ACFPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Nickki Pearce Dawes, Stanley Pollack, Gabriel Garza Sada
    Pages 13-21
  3. Jennifer A. Fredricks, Neil Naftzger, Charles Smith, Allison Riley
    Pages 23-43
  4. Nancy L. Deutsch, Dale A. Blyth, Janet Kelley, Patrick H. Tolan, Richard M. Lerner
    Pages 45-68
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 69-71

About this book


The first volume of this SpringerBrief presents a series of papers compiled from a conference about how after-school programs may be implemented to promote positive youth development (PYD) hosted by Youth-Nex, the University of Virginia Center to Promote Effective Youth Development. This volume reviews the importance of after-school programs for PYD and discusses key components of effective after-school programs. It also discusses issues related to the evaluation and measurement of quality in after-school programs. In addition, the brief presents suggestions for how researchers, policy makers, and practitioners can move the field forward and maximize the potential of after-school time and programs for promoting positive youth development for children and adolescents. 

Topics featured in this brief include: 
  • The history of the relationship between after-school programs and positive youth development. 
  • Specific features of programs that are important for advancing positive youth development. 
  • Issues in and approaches to measuring quality in after-school programs.
  • The Quality, Engagement, Skills, Transfer (QuEST) model and its use for measuring effective after-school programs. 
  • A case study evaluation of the Girls on the Run program. 
After-School Programs to Promote Positive Youth Development, Volume 1, is a must-have resource for policy makers and related professionals, graduate students, and researchers in child and school psychology, family studies, public health, social work, law/criminal justice, and sociology. 


Academic achievement and after-school programs After-school program evaluation After-school programs and positive youth development Child development and after-school programs Cognitive development and after-school programs Education policy and after-school programs Extended learning and after-school programs Leadership and after-school programs Out-of-school time and activities Participation and after-school programs Peer relationships and after-school programs Program quality and after-school activities PYD and after-school activities PYD and education policy and politics Skill development and transfer and after-school programs Social-emotional skills and after-school programs Student engagement and after-school activities Youth empowerment and after-school programs Youth engagement and after-school programs Youth participation and program measurement

Editors and affiliations

  • Nancy L. Deutsch
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Virginia CharlottesvilleUSA

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