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November 01, 2015

Extracurricular Participation and Course Performance in the Middle Grades: A Study of Low-Income, Urban Youth reports

Activities outside the classroom – especially community engagement and sports – may help low-income, urban youth academically as they transition into middle school, according to a new NYU Steinhardt study. The researchers looked to a dataset of 625 low-income students from 14 New York City elementary schools, collected as part of the Adolescent Pathways Project. The students were surveyed in their final year of elementary school and first two years of middle school. The survey included a range of questions about students’ extracurricular activities, including the activity settings – school, community, religious, or athletic – and frequency of participation. Participating in extracurricular activities in the community, such as volunteering, was found to be the most highly associated with better academic performance. Athletic participation was also linked to better grades. The findings are published online in the American Journal of Community Psychology. The full report is available for a fee.

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January 13, 2022

Navigating Uncertain Waters: NYC Workforce Professionals in the Age of Covid-19

Workforce development professionals will play a powerful role in reconnecting New Yorkers to fairly paid, stable, and fulfilling work in the wake of Covid-19. The new report from the Center for New York City Affairs and the Workforce Professionals Training Institute details both the new challenges workforce professionals have faced throughout Covid, and the structural issues that the Covid era has only made clearer.

December 09, 2021

Building Resilience in Youth Through Summer Experiences

The National Summer Learning Association has released a study titled "Building Resilience in Youth Through Summer Experiences: Structured Summer Programming Promotes Social-Emotional Growth and School Preparedness." The study is designed to help practitioners, policy-makers, and researchers understand the caregiver perspective on both kinds of summer experiences, structured and unstructured, including what children do under each scenario, and what they learn academically, recreationally, and socio-emotionally from those activities, whether structured or unstructured.

December 09, 2021

Summer 2021: How California Educators Met the Moment with Re-engagement, Reconnection, and Reimagined Learning

Summer 2021 saw an unprecedented level of attention and infusion of public funding to increase access and expand the role of high-quality summer learning and enrichment programs. These investments sought to respond to the negative effects of distance learning, disengagement, and trauma experienced due to COVID-19, particularly for the students most harmed by the structural economic and racial inequities that have only been exacerbated during the pandemic. Partnership for Children & Youth has released a report describing how California educators met this moment.

December 09, 2021

Spiking Demand, Growing Barriers: The Trends Shaping Afterschool and Summer Learning in Rural Communities

Afterschool Alliance has released a new report, “Spiking Demand, Growing Barriers: The Trends Shaping Afterschool and Summer Learning in Rural Communities,” providing a look at the afterschool and summer landscape in rural communities, drawing off data from their America After 3PM research. Visit their dashboard to learn more about the findings from the report.

November 23, 2021

Leaders of Tomorrow: Immigrant & Refugee Youth - A Guidebook on Leadership Development

Leaders of Tomorrow is a leadership program developed by the Institute for Educational Leadership with a curriculum co-created by immigrant and refugee youth. The goal of Leaders of Tomorrow is to support and mobilize immigrant and refugee youth through opportunities to expand their knowledge, strengthen their skills, access tools and resources, and improve their own circumstances and those of all children, youth, adults, and families in their communities.

October 14, 2021

2021 Children's Mental Health Report

Even before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, mental health professionals were struggling to meet the needs of the 1 in 5 children and adolescents with a mental health or learning disorder. Then the pandemic hit, bringing an upsurge in youth reporting mental health challenges. A new report from The Child Mind Institute examines the growing body of research on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s mental health, including the results of a survey of thousands of parents.

September 23, 2021

Take N.O.T.E.

Learning and thinking differences do not just affect kids in school, they can cause challenges in everyday life. Take N.O.T.E. (Notice. Observe. Talk. Engage.), a free step-by-step guide developed by Understood can help families understand these challenges and take action.

September 23, 2021

Out-of-School Time Programs: Paving the Way for Children to Find Passion, Purpose & Voice - Parent, Teacher & OST Provider

After a year of pandemic-induced isolation, parents’ top priorities for their children’s summer programs are addressing their social and emotional health, providing physical outdoor activities and helping them discover their passion and purpose. Those were key findings from an updated national survey, as well as interviews and focus groups conducted by Edge Research for Learning Heroes, a nonprofit dedicated to elevating the voice of parents in education. Replacing an earlier version published in May, a new report, along with an accompanying playbook, highlights these findings.

July 22, 2021

Putting Data to Work for Young People: A Framework for Measurement, Continuous Improvement, and Equitable Systems

Developed by Every Hour Counts, the framework updates a tool created in 2014. The heart of Putting Data to Work for Young People: A Framework for Measurement, Continuous Improvement, and Equitable Systems is 11 desired system outcomes, some or all of which organizations might want to measure progress toward, depending on their needs and circumstances. Five are directly related to overall system work and include whether a common goal for afterschool has been established. Three regard the efforts of programs, stressing, for instance, that they use management practices that enhance program quality. And three are related to young people—the rate of youth participation in programs, among them.

July 22, 2021

A Blueprint for Women's Civic Engagement in New York City

Women Creating Change (WCC) has released a new report, A Blueprint for Women’s Civic Engagement in New York City: Toward a More Just and Equitable Democracy. The report is designed to better understand how social and economic inequity shape women’s political participation, to inform WCC’s programmatic and policy priorities, and to urge their partners (past, current, and future) in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors to join them in their mission to foster women’s civic engagement and build a more equitable NYC.