When youth participate in afterschool and positive youth development (PYD) programs, they are less likely to engage in risky behaviors such as substance use, juvenile delinquency, violent crime, school dropout, and unsafe sexual activity (e.g., Catalano et al., 2000; Larson, 2000; Mahoney & Cairns, 1997). With concern around these problem behaviors growing, youth serving agencies have been increasingly accountable for preventing and deterring such behaviors. However, the research available about why only some youth programs bring about positive outcomes among youth is severely limited (Anderson-Butcher et al., 2002; Eccles & Gootman, 2002; Larson, 2000).
Recognizing the gaps in resources and research available, CAYCI has prioritized work with afterschool and youth development agencies. Click on the projects below to learn more about how CAYCI is supporting afterschool and youth development programs in their quality improvement efforts and while doing so, generating research to inform the broader PYD field. CAYCI also have been involved in professional development efforts related to after school and youth development programming through connections with After School Counts!, Action for Children, and the Resource and Referral Network in Ohio as well as other local and state-wide efforts. For publications & resources resulting from CAYCI’s work within afterschool and youth development, check out our research and publications page.
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