Afterschool Research: Older Youth

Making connections to high school youth

Afterschool programs are not only for younger students—older youth can also benefit from all that afterschool programs have to offer.

A majority of children taking part in an afterschool program are younger students; however, there are close to 2 million high schoolers who are involved in afterschool and 4.6 million who would be enrolled in a program if one were available to them. Afterschool programs are supporting students of all ages, and high school students are no exception. Read about afterschool programs that are finding ways to reach older youth and helping keep them on track toward graduation and future success.  

Learn how quality afterschool programs for older youth can help youth stay on track for success, teach life skills and prepare youth for college and the future workforce.

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Credit for Learning: Making Learning Outside of School Count (Nov 2021)

Creating new and engaging learning opportunities for middle and high school students can help them find their inspiration, gain skills that will benefit them in and outside of the classroom, and play an active role in designing their own learning journey to reach their full potential. This issue brief, complemented by in-depth afterschool program profiles, explores the ways in which afterschool programs can provide older youth with opportunities to explore their interests and participate in activities that also allow them to earn credits toward their graduation requirements.

Youth Development