"Let's Talk After-School" (2014)


In light of the significance of afterschool programming for youths' healthy development, Youth-Nex focused its 4th annual conference on the topic. Titled, "Let's Talk After-School," over 150 invited scholars, youth, educators, practitioners and policy-makers held discussions for two days on October 16-17, 2014.

As one of Youth-Nex's main areas of focus, Out-of-School Time—the availability and accessibility of afterschool opportunities for schoolchildren—plays a key role in the lives of youth. From improving school attendance, decreasing the likelihood of dropping out, to improving decision-making skills, and providing access to physical activity, homework assistance, relationships with supportive adults, and even food security, afterschool programming is vital to youths' ability to thrive. When engaged in these kinds of prosocial activities and positive relationships during out-of-school hours, youth can flourish. Yet high quality out-of-school opportunities are not evenly distributed, with greater unmet need for youth from economically disadvantaged and/or racial minority backgrounds. Further, there is need to bolster program quality and training, professionalism, and reach of youth workers. Elevating the capacity of organizations requires sound training approaches, empirically based programming, and evaluation for decision making and impact tracking.

Conference Chair: Nancy Deutsch, Ph.D.

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Videos


  • Opening Panel

    Opening Panel, Panelist 1: Milbrey McLaughlin, Ed.D.

  • Opening Panel

    Opening Panel, Panelist 2: Dru Tomlin, Ph.D.

  • Opening Panel

    Opening Panel, Panelist 3: Karen Pittman

  • Opening Panel

    Opening Panel: Q&A

  • Evaluating Outcomes of Effective Programs

    Panel 1, Panelist 1: Jennifer Fredricks, Ph.D.

  • Evaluating Outcomes of Effective Programs

    Panel 1, Panelist 2: Neil Naftzger

  • Evaluating Outcomes of Effective Programs

    Panel 1, Panelist 3: Charles Smith, Ph.D.

  • Evaluating Outcomes of Effective Programs

    Panel 1, Panelist 4: Allison Riley, M.S.W., Ph.D.

  • Evaluating Outcomes of Effective Programs

    Panel 1: Q&A

  • Keynote Speaker

    Khary Lazarre-White, J.D., Executive Director & Co-Founder of the Brotherhood/Sister Sol

  • Key Components of Effective After-School Programs

    Panel 2, Panelist 1: Stanley Pollack

  • Key Components of Effective After-School Programs

    Panel 2, Panelist 2: Nickki Pearce Dawes, Ph.D.

  • Key Components of Effective After-School Programs

    Panel 2, Panelist 3: Reed Larson, Ph.D.

  • Key Components of Effective After-School Programs

    Panel 2: Q&A

  • Specialized Programs

    Panel 3, Panelists 1 and 2: Edith “Winx” Lawrence, Ph.D., and youth, London Short

  • Specialized Programs

    Panel 3, Panelists 3, 4, and 5: Sarah Hernholm and youths, Daniela Montes & Jovanna Sanchez

  • Specialized Programs

    Panel 3, Panelists 6 and 7: Beth Panilaitis, M.S.W., and youth, Elena Michaels

  • Specialized Programs

    Panel 3, Panelists 8 and 9: Gregg Croteau, M.S.W., and UTEC Youth

  • Specialized Programs

    Panel 3: Q&A

  • Views From the Field on Best Practices

    Panel 4, Panelist 1: Georgia Hall, Ph.D.

  • Views From the Field on Best Practices

    Panel 4, Panelists 2 and 3: Brenda Abanavas and youth, Melissa Gonzales-Maguiña

  • Views From the Field on Best Practices

    Panel 4, Panelist 4: Barton J. Hirsch, Ph.D.

  • Wrap-Up Panel

    Wrap-Up Panel, Panelist 1: Janet Kelley

  • Wrap-Up Panel

    Wrap-Up Panel, Panelist 2: Dale A. Blyth, Ph.D.

  • Wrap-Up Panel

    Wrap-Up Panel, Panelist 3: Richard M. Lerner, Ph.D.

  • Wrap-Up Panel

    Wrap-Up Panel, Panelist 4: Patrick H. Tolan, Ph.D.

  • Wrap-Up Panel

    Wrap-Up Panel: Q&A

Photos


  • Nancy Deutsch, Conference Chair
  • Khary Lazarre-White, Keynote Speaker

    Executive Director & Co-Founder, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol

  • Conference Drew From Multiple Disciplines

    The event brought together scholars, practitioners, educators, policy professionals, and youth to focus on why after-school programming matters.

  • Breakout Sessions Lead By Youth

    Youths who were current or former participants in after-school programs joined attendees at their tables for a discussion about their after-school experiences.

  • Movement Encouraged!

    Unlike most conferences, we encouraged participants to actively interact with the conference's focus like testing out some after-school programming.

  • Five Engaging Panels Throughout the Day

    Topics ranged from key components of effective after-school programs to shaping policy on after-school programs.

Media Coverage


Read the articles written about our conference below:


On the left, check out the buzz generated on Twitter by the conference, using #yn_afterschool!

About Youth-Nex


Youth-Nex, The UVA Center to Promote Effective Youth Development, is a trans-disciplinary center that aims to expand and apply the science of positive youth development to address fundamental challenges facing societies around the world.