Advancing Opportunities for Adolescents
What we're doing
Research shows that high-quality out-of-school-time programs can bolster young people’s intellectual, social, emotional, and physical well-being.
Studies have also shown that "cross-sector partnerships" can develop and carry out such programs. These partnerships bring together public and private organizations working in areas ranging from education to youth development to community health services.
This one-year effort is supporting 30 such partnerships nationwide in a variety of projects to meet the needs of teenagers who face significant barriers in life. In one endeavor, for example, an advocacy group for at-risk young people is uniting with the mayor's office, a local college, and others to turn vacant storefronts into education and career centers for youth.
What we're learning
A research team from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) plans to follow and document the work of the partnerships. The idea is to develop insights useful to each partnership, the larger group, and Wallace.