Community and Youth Collaborative Institute (CAYCI)


Afterschool & Youth Development

PYD Programs

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. 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 devel opment 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. Check out our resources below!

21st Century Learning Center Tools

The 21st Century Learning Centers (21st CLCC) federal program is intended to enhance the education of children, support families, promote healthy youth development, and bring together communities. From 2004 to 2013, CAYCI was involved in evaluating and building the capacity of Ohio 21st CLCCs, along with the Ohio Department of Education. This page catalogs resources developed as part of this project, which other afterschool and youth development programs may find helpful. Check out the 21st CLCC program page for more information about the project itself.

View the 21st Century Skills Scales on Life & Career Skills and Classroom Environment.