Why Focus on Program Quality
"All young people need a variety of experiences to develop to their full potential. All youth need an array of experiences to reduce risk-taking and promote both current well-being and successful transition into adulthood." -Eccles, J., & Gootman, J.A.. (Eds.). (2002). Community programs to promote youth development.
"A recent study has found that regular participation in high-quality afterschool programs is linked to positive outcomes for children and youth." - Vandell, Deborah Lowe, Ph.D., Study of Promising Afterschool Programs, 2007.
The Flipside is continually working on implementing high quality programs based on national research and best practices. Research has identified the following key features as essential to quality programs.
- Physically, psychologically and emotionally safe
- Appropriate structure
- Supportive relationships
- Opportunities to belong
- Positive social norms
- Support for a sense that youth matter
- Opportunities for skill building
- Collaboration with family, school and community