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The Impact of Afterschool Programs that Promote Personal and Social Skills

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
This meta-analysis of 73 programs finds that afterschool activities can have a positive impact on children’s personal and social skills, including problem-solving, conflict resolution, self-control, leadership, responsible decision-making, and self-esteem. Youth who participate in afterschool programs show significant improvement in their feelings, behavior, and school performance. Research demonstrates that the most effective programs are SAFE (sequential, active, focused and explicit).
Durlak, J. A., & Weissberg, R. P. (2007). The Impact of After-School Programs That Promote Personal and Social Skills. Chicago, IL: Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning.