Out-of-School Technology Programs: Creating Brighter Futures for Youth

Maureen MacCarthy, Kari Hanson

Abstract


Findings from a new, comprehensive evaluation sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation confirm that out-of-school technology programs create brighter futures for youth. Results indicate with high reliability, that these programs can improve academic achievement, build positive self-esteem, and prepare youth for the 21st century workplace. Individual organizations have drawn these conclusions since they began offering youth technology programs; however, the lack of independent multi-year, multi-program evaluations have made it difficult for the field to make concerted programmatic and funding decisions. Findings from this evaluation decisively show that youth technology programs yield significant benefits both, in the short and long-term. This paper offers insights and information relevant to both providers and funders of individual programs, as well as to the advancement of the youth technology field as a whole.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2009.260

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