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Report Series: Beacon Community Centers
Part 2 of 3

The Beacon Community Centers Middle School Initiative

Report on Implementation and Youth Experience in the Initiative’s Second Year

Researchers review year two of a New York City effort to attract a hard-to-reach age group – middle school students – to after-school programming.
June 2010
3 mixed gender black students sitting at a table doing experiments in science class
  • Author(s)
  • Christina A. Russell, Jennifer LaFleur, Troy A. Scott, Mark Low, Andrea S. Palmiter, and Elizabeth R. Reisner
  • Publisher(s)
  • Policy Studies Associates, Inc.
Page Count 33 pages


This second of three evaluations looks at Wallace-supported efforts to build up after-school programs for middle school students in New York City’s Beacon community centers. It finds, among other things, that the programs with the highest attendance rates were more likely to have a master teacher on staff.

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