Engaging Older Youth: Program and City-Level Strategies

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Harvard Family Research Project


Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP), housed in Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, researches, develops, and evaluates strategies to promote the well-being of children, youth, families, and their communities. We work primarily within three areas that support children’s learning and development: early childhood education, out-of-school time programming, and family and community support in education. Underpinning all of our work is a commitment to evaluation for strategic decision making, learning, and accountability. Building on the increasing recognition among all stakeholders that schools alone cannot meet the educational and developmental needs of our nation’s children and youth, we also focus national attention on complementary learning. Complementary learning is the idea that a systemic approach, which integrates school and nonschool supports, can better ensure that all children have the skills they need to succeed. To learn more about how HFRP can support your work with children and families, visit our website at

Public/Private Ventures


Public/Private Ventures is a national leader in creating and strengthening programs that improve lives in low-income communities. We do this in three ways:

  • Innovation: We work with leaders in the field to identify promising existing programs or develop new ones.
  • Research: We rigorously evaluate these programs to determine what is effective and what is not.
  • Action: We reproduce model programs in new locations, provide technical assistance where needed, and inform policymakers and practitioners about what works.

P/PV is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with offices in Philadelphia, New York City, and Oakland. For more information, please visit

The Wallace Foundation


The Wallace Foundation seeks to support and share effective ideas and practices that expand learning and enrichment opportunities for all people. Its three current objectives are:

  • Strengthen education leadership to improve student achievement
  • Improve afterschool learning opportunities
  • Build appreciation and demand for the arts

For more information and research on these and other related topics, please visit our Knowledge Center at

To fulfill its mission, The Wallace Foundation often commissions research and supports the creation of various publications. In all cases, the findings and recommendations of individual reports are solely those of their authors.

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