Out-of-school-time (OST) programs offer opportunities for young people to develop interests, skills, and social connections beyond the classroom. Despite years of research on the benefits of OST programs, studies have shown that many young people from lower-income families do not have the same access to programs as young people from higher-income families.
To explore barriers to participation in programs and the experiences of young people who participate in them, The Wallace Foundation
commissioned a student-designed study consisting of focus groups and a survey to help surface young people’s insights into how to improve the sector. The research team was made up of 12 high school and college students from New York, Colorado and Kentucky and was advised by four university researchers.
This podcast series brings together members of the research team and OST practitioners to discuss the findings of the study and offer solutions. Listen for thoughts on making OST programs more accessible, improving staff recruitment and retention, and building spaces where young people want to spend time.
Bianca Baldridge, Associate Professor of Education, Harvard University
Vanessa Roberts, Executive Director, Project VOYCE
Deepa Vasudevan, Researcher,
Human Services: Youth, Family, & Community Development, American Institutes for Research, AIR
Sarai Hertz-Velázquez, Student, Wellesley College
Shelby Drayton, Senior Manager, UP Partnership
Syeda Tabassum, Student, Macaulay Honors College, New York
Daniela DiGiacomo, Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky School of Information Science
Sam Mejias, Associate Professor of Social Justice and Community Engagement, Parsons School of Design - The New School
Connor Flick, Student, Gatton Academy High School, Kentucky
Ben Kirshner, Professor and Program Chair of Learning Sciences and Human Development, University of Colorado Boulder
Spandana Pavuluri, Student, duPont Manual High School, Kentucky