© 2017

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

About the editors

Nancy L. Deutsch, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Her research involves how different contexts influence adolescent lives and identities, with a focus on out-of-school contexts and youth-adult relationships. Her first book, Pride in the Projects: Teens building identities in urban contexts (NYU Press, 2008) is a qualitative study of youth experiences in an urban after-school program that explores issues of relationships, gender, race, class, and intersectionality in teens’ identity construction as it occurs in out-of-school settings. Her second book, After School Centers and Youth Development: Case Studies of Success and Failure, co-authored with Barton Hirsch and David DuBois (2011, Cambridge University Press), won a Society for Research on Adolescence Social Policy Book Award. Her research has been funded by the William T. Grant Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, among others. Dr. Deutsch is affiliated with Youth-Nex, the U. Va. Center to Promote Effective Youth Development. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title After-School Programs to Promote Positive Youth Development
  • Book Subtitle Integrating Research into Practice and Policy, Volume 1
  • Editors Nancy L. Deutsch
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Psychology
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs in Psychology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-59131-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-59132-2
  • Series ISSN 2192-8363
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-8371
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 71
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Child and School Psychology
    Public Health
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“In After-School Programs to Promote Positive Youth Development, editor Nancy Deutsch and her colleagues provide an overview of current research, practice, and policy on PYD … . appropriate for those who are involved in developing, implementing, researching, evaluating, or funding these programs for youth. This audience may include researchers, practitioners, educators, program developers, funders, and policy makers. … content certainly spans education, psychology, public policy, and leadership fields, and within psychology, there are clear connections to developmental and educational psychology.” (Michelle Stroffolino Schmidt, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 62 (50), December, 2017)