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This brief outlines the state of rural afterschool resources. Currently, only 13 percent of rural children participate in afterschool programs compared with 25 percent of urban children; these discrepancies are due to barriers including diverse funding sources, transportation, facilities, staffing, and programming supports.
This issue brief reviews the benefits of a coordinated systems approach between afterschool and workforce. It provides examples of city afterschool models that provide opportunities for career exploration and building skills in effective communication, critical thinking, teamwork, and problem solving.
This issue brief is a compilation of a panel of business leaders involved in supporting afterschool. It underscores the importance of "soft skills" in preparing youth for today's workforce, including communication skills, teamwork, and critical thinking skills . It explores how business involvement greatly benefits programs.