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Updated 07/2014

After School and Late Night Programs for Youth


The Need for Teen Programs

Teens hanging out in malls and downtown street corners are perceived as a potential problem. The merchants complain, citizens feel threatened and are concerned about personal safety, and the teens themselves may be at risk. No one has come up with a perfect solution to get teens to "hang out" in safer places, but an increasing number of cities realize that programs are needed to capture the interests of older youth.

Programs catering to teens provide activities that appeal to their needs, including sports, fitness, learning programs, a safe place to socialize, and opportunities to participate in community volunteer programs. Some of the programs are sponsored by park and recreation departments, some are sponsored by organizations like the YWCA, others are created through public-private partnerships or receive partial public funding. This page provides links to information resources for creating programs and program illustrations. Much of the information is from larger cities, but they may generate ideas that can be used in smaller communities.

Information Resources

  • After School Programs, Find Youth Info - Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP), which is composed of representatives from 12 Federal agencies that support programs and services focusing on youth - Provides links to related federal programs, references, and resources
  • After School, The Wallace Foundation - Provides research, data, and publications. See NLC publication below on Strengthening Partnerships and Building Public Will for Out-of-School Time Program
  • The After School Alliance - A nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for quality, affordable programs for all children. It is supported by a group of public, private and nonprofit organizations that share the Alliance's vision of ensuring that all children have access to afterschool programs by 2010
  • Afterschool Programs and Coordinated School Health, Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Schools 
  • National Institute of Out-of-School Time - Provides its research, education and training, consultation, and field-building. Its mission is to ensure that all children, youth, and families have access to high quality programs, activities, and opportunities during non-school hours. Located at Wellesley College Center for Women
  • Older Youth Need Afterschool Programs, After School Alliance Issue Brief No. 20, October 2004
  • Out of School Time, Harvard Family Research Project - Out-of-school time supports and opportunities are essential to healthy learning and development. The Harvard Family Research Project out-of-school time work strives to promote quality, accessibility, and sustainability of out-of-school time (OST) programs and activities across the nation. Our OST resources support the work of practitioners, policymakers, and researchers.
  • Schools Out Washington - An intermediary agency which provides services and guidance for organizations to ensure all young people have safe places to learn and grow when not in school. Primary funding is received from the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services, the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Washington State Department of Early Learning, King County and the City of Seattle
  • Strengthening Partnerships and Building Public Will for Out-of-School Time Program, Institute for Youth, Education and Families, National League of Cities with Support from the Wallace Foundation, 2010

Local After School and Late Night Programs

  • Bellevue School District After School Program
  • Des Moines Parks and Recreation Before and After School Program
  • Kent Park and Recreation
    • After-School All-Stars - An after-school recreation program for middle school students at Mill Creek, Meeker, Meridian and Totem Middle Schools
    • Teens - Program list of city activities
  • Redmond Parks and Recreation After Hours
  • Seattle
    • Seattle Human Services Department After School Services
    • Seattle Park and Recreation Late Night - Provides a safe place for teens to hang out between the hours of 7 p.m. and midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. Each site offers a variety of programs for each weekend.
  • Tacoma Metropolitan Park District Programs at Peoples (Community Center) Late Night Programs - A collaboration between the Park District and the City of Tacoma. The programs are designated to provide a positive environment for youth on nights when youth are at high-risk to participate in harmful or illegal activities. Our Late Night programs provide an environment where youth can feel physically and emotionally safe, and engage in activities that promote healthy lifestyles.

Need more information?

Feel free to Ask MRSC. Washington cities, counties, and our contract partners can call or email MRSC for more information and advice - free of charge.