Engaging Youth as Workers in Afterschool Programs

This issue brief by Temescal Associates and How Kids Learn Foundation explores how involving youth as OST workers provides opportunities to advance youth in their development, and to develop their leadership and career skills by serving as tutors, mentors, and activity assistants. The brief reviews the benefits of employing youth in afterschool programs and how youth perceive this work benefits them, as well as recommendations for policymakers. An associated webinar from October 2021 can be accessed here: Engaging Youth as Workers in Afterschool. Another webinar from June 2023 on this topic includes efforts in Philadelphia and through the California Afterschool Network on providing high school youth jobs in afterschool and summer park programs, and as lifeguards. It can be found here: Employing Youth and Workforce Development in Afterschool.

Temescal Associates
Sam Piha and Samantha Fasen
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Issue brief
12 pages
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