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After-school systems cannot realize their vision of growing to scale - providing services to all children and youth who want and need them - without offering activities that are appealing to those kids. As there is no "one-size-fits-all" model for engaging young people after-school, several CBASS partners have developed innovative program models that allow young people flexibility in choosing after-school activities that are aligned with their needs and interests.

CBASS intermediaries have created after-school service models in their cities that effectively engage more children and youth by:

  • Differentiating services and activities
  • Connecting after-school providers to schools and communities
  • Working with multiple program providers
  • Targeting services and activities to sub-groups of children and youth

To learn more about the innovative service models that CBASS intermediaries have developed, please read about the experiences of:

Shaping the Future of After-School

25 Sep 2007, Collaborative for Building After-School Systems

The Collaborative (CBASS) published this report to document the critical role intermediaries play in the development of after-school systems in their cities. This report shows how intermediaries have helped increase the quality, sustainability, and availability of after-school and offers a vision for public policy change to support the continued growth of after-school.

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