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Updated 02/2012

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
  • 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
  • Strengthening Partnerships and Building Public Will for Out-of-School Time Program (Adobe Acrobat Document), Institute for Youth, Education and Families, National League of Cities with Support from the Wallace Foundation, 2010
  • What Makes A Good Afterschool Program? By Tori DeAngelis, Monitor on Psychology, Volume 32, No. 3, March 2001

Local After School and Late Night Programs

  • Bellevue Boys & Girls Club Programs
  • Des Moines Parks and Recreation Before and After School Program
  • Kent Park and Recreation
  • Longview Recreation Late Night Program - Provides a safe, supervised, drug, tobacco, and alcohol free environment where there is a multitude of recreational opportunities available free for Longview Middle and High School teen
  • Lynnwood Parks and Recreation After School Programs
  • 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.
  • Youth in Focus - Youth in Focus is an afterschool program that uses intensive photography training as a tool to help disadvantaged teens develop personal voice, positive identity, social skills and artistic skills. It offers free, multi-level classes for teens ages 13-19 in both film and digital photography, and advanced students participate in our job skills project shooting assignments for hire.

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.