21st Century Community Learning Centers


Improving the outcomes of students in Oregon's 21st CCLC programs

Topic Areas > Student Recruitment & Retention

Student Recruitment & Retention refers to how afterschool programs invite, engage, and support the interests and needs of students. Student, family, community, and school staff surveys can help get initial information about what students want and need in their out of school time experiences. On-going, informal and formal invitations to provide program input will also help students stay engaged.

Student Recruitment and Retention and 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Recruiting students for our programs is the first of three important goals; keeping them engaged and retaining their interest and participation are the other two goals. There are many effective strategies and resourceful ways to recruit, engage, and retain students in 21st CCLC programs.

The Transition to Afterschool: One City’s Approach to Connecting Young Children and Their Families to Learning and Enrichment Opportunities

What steps can programs take to help families successfully transition to school and afterschool? How can families make informed choices about afterschool opportunities? What information do families need in this process? This video demonstrates how Cambridge, Massachusetts, is addressing these and related questions to help connect families to afterschool learning and enrichment opportunities prior to school entry.


Recruiting and Retaining Older Youth in Afterschool

Recruiting and Retaining Older Youth in Afterschool (2009), produced by the Afterschool Alliance, examines the importance of recruitment and retention.

Recruitment and Retention in Youth Development Programming


Article exploring the challenges of recruitment and retention and factors that are relevant to students participating in afterschool programming.

Older Youth: Student Recruitment and Retention

Notes from the August 13, 2015 Peer to Peer teleconference.
Finding the Right Hook

Finding the Right Hook: Strategies for Attracting and Sustaining Participation in After-School Programs.

This article offers promising recruitment and retention strategies to school administrators seeking to boost participation rates in their school-based after school programs.



Older Youth: Student Recruitment and Retention

Notes from the August 13, 2015 Peer to Peer teleconference.
Leave Them Wanting More!: Engaging Youth in Afterschool

In this commentary (PDF), M. Elena Lopez explores the different dimensions along which afterschool programs can engage youth and offers promising practices for afterschool programs to do this well.


Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP)

General information about student recruitment and retention can be found on the Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) website.

Student Recruitment and Retention Outline


Student Recruitment and Retention Outline

When School’s Out, PBL Opens New Doors to Learning

Project-based learning offers a host of benefits to youth during the academic day, but active learning doesn't have to stop when school's out. A new movement is underway to encourage PBL during summer vacations and after-school hours.


Recruitment and Retention in Youth Development Programming


Article exploring the challenges of recruitment and retention and factors that are relevant to students participating in afterschool programming.

Project Based Learning

Project-Based-Learning overview, implementation strategies, staff development and tools from You for Youth.




Afterschool programs that support homeless youth

Afterschool programs that support homeless youth: igniting hope and opportunities in the
midst of trauma, uncertainty, and displacement, Journal of Children and Poverty, 22:1, 57-66,


Kids.gov

Kids.gov site with internet-based educational resources on a wide variety of topics for younger and older students, teachers and parents.


NGAkids Art Zone

NGAkids interactives from the National Gallery of Art offer an entertaining and informative introduction to art and art history. Featuring a variety of art-making tools that encourage exploration and creativity, these computer-based activities are suitable for all ages




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The presentations and documents funded by Title IV-B 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) included in Oregon Department of Education (ODE) conferences, and/or posted on ODE web sites may include links to information and resources created by other public and private organizations. These resources, materials and links are provided for the user's convenience and to benefit program quality in Title IV-B. ODE does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this non-ODE information. The inclusion of these links is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse views expressed, or products or services offered, on non-ODE sites.

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