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Report Series: Beacon Community Centers
Part 3 of 3

The Beacon Community Centers Middle School Initiative

Final Report on Implementation and Youth Experience in the Initiative

A study of an effort to build pre-teen after-school programs in “Beacon” centers identifies features that seem to boost chances of success.
September 2011
3 mixed gender black students at a table in a classroom, gluing together small glitter balls
  • Author(s)
  • Jennifer LaFleur, Christina A. Russell, Mark Low, and Rebecca Romash
  • Publisher(s)
  • Policy Studies Associates, Inc.
Page Count 33 pages


This last of three evaluations looks at a Wallace-supported effort to build up after-school programs for middle school students in New York City’s Beacon community centers. It identifies program traits that seem to boost the effort’s chances of success with young people, including giving youngsters a say in the activities offered.

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