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Afterschool: The Challenges of Recruiting and Retaining Older Youth
This brief by Afterschool Alliance, in partnership with MetLife Foundation, addresses recruiting and retaining older youth in afterschool programs.

Building Bridges A Peace Corps Classroom Guide to Cross-Cultural Understanding
This book is designed for adaption by teachers in grades 6-12 and provides lessons to help students better understand culture, how it has shaped them, the perspective of other cultures, a respect for those who are different, and an increased awareness of the value and practicality of social service.


21st Century Civics
This website is the creation of retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O Connor and is designed to engage middle-school-aged children in civics (education, law, entertainment and technology experts developed the free web-based curriculum).

Harvard Family Research Project (posted 6.4.2015)
FINE Newsletter: Engaging Students in Afterschool Learning
Volume VII, Issue 2, Summer 2015
Harvard Family Research Project

This is Their House, Too: An Afterschool Space Designed for and by Teenagers
This case study provides a portrait of the Everett Boys & Girls Club, located just outside of Boston, and explores what makes it a successful place of learning and development for young people.

Leave Them Wanting More: Engaging Youth in Afterschool
Afterschool programs are a powerful influence in the lives of young people, but their benefits can only be realized if youth are engaged. This commentary explores the different dimensions of youth engagement in afterschool programs and offers promising practices for those seeking to promote and foster youth engagement.

For middle-school students, who may think college is a long way off, this website helps direct them to start thinking about college: the benefits of going to college, what steps can be taken now to prepare, and how to get help.

Summer Bridge Programs
This policy brief focuses on one type of activity that is designed to help eigth-grade students make a successful transition to high school- summer bridge programs.

ThinkQuest is a learning environment for primary and secondary schools, offering projects, competition as well as a library of educational resources.