Designing for Engagement
How High-Quality Arts OST Programs Can Engage Tweens
By Tracey Hartmann and Wendy McClanahan
Tweens—young people age 10 to 14—are notoriously difficult to engage and retain in out-of-school time (OST) programs. As youth age, they have more responsibilities and options after school. They also have more autonomy than younger children, so they “vote with their feet” when a program does not interest them.