Beyond Safe Havens: A Synthesis of 20 Years of Research on the Boys & Girls Clubs, Full Report

by Amy J. A. Arbreton; Carla Herrera; Jessica Sheldon

Sep 1, 2005
P/PV recently launched a multiyear study to understand the role that Boys & Girls Clubs play in the lives of early adolescents. Beyond Safe Havens, a prelude to the larger study, reviews the range of evaluations that have been conducted on Boys & Girls Clubs over the past 20 years. The report identifies the potential benefits of the many discrete programs provided by Clubs and discusses three additional studies that examined the broader club experience. It also outlines the strategies that seem to have contributed to the Clubs' successes, as well as any challenges that may have impeded more positive results. The report concludes with a brief description of a planned longitudinal evaluation of Club members as they transition to high school -- an evaluation meant to provide documentation of the effect of teens' broad Club experiences on a wide range of outcomes.
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