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'We're like family and stuff like that': Relationships in after-school programs

This study sought to gain greater understanding of how youth at a faith-based privately-funded after-school program perceive relationships within the program. As the existence of a strong personal relationship is widely theorized to be a precursor for positive outcomes within afterschool programs, it is essential that greater understanding of their role, including how youth perceive them, is obtained. Because emphasis was placed on youth perception, participants were welcome to emphasize the role of any relationship within the program (youth-youth vs youth-mentor). The aim of the study is therefore to provide a degree of transferability regarding youth perceptions of relationships within after-school programs in a broader context. This study concluded that youth relationship positionalities (YRP) should be given careful consideration when after-school program directors are selecting youth for participation in their program, pairing youth and mentors together, and designing programing and activities. (author abstract)
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United States

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