The nature and quality of program activities have a substantial impact on youth outcomes. Opportunities for youth to work together in pairs, groups, or as parts of a team help young people develop important social-emotional skills like collaboration and communication. Additionally, activities that are challenging, stimulating, and connected to ongoing themes or topics can contribute to positive gains for youth.
Case Study: Crossroads for Kids (3rd through 8th grade)
Crossroads for Kids is a five-year long program that works with at-risk youth, and uses experiential learning to provide learning opportunities in leadership development, character growth, community action, and college and career readiness.