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Focus on Afterschool Quality Ignites a Youth Assets Movement

Things just aren't the same anymore for kids in afterschool programs around Buncombe County, N.C., where providers have embraced a movement to build the developmental assets that young people need for success.
Information Update
June 28, 2012

Staffers now enlist youth in choosing and designing activities, and go through training on such things as small group activities and helping kids manage frustration. The kids are trying new things: from designing jewelry and campaigning for a new basketball court to creating skits about bullying and building a greenhouse.

It's all part of a commitment to a continuous improvement model, through which program directors "are seeing an impact on their projects," says Gina Gallo of the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. This case study explores the changes.

Read the case study here>>