Afterschool Matters Journal

Afterschool Matters is a national, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting professionalism, scholarship and consciousness in the field of afterschool education. The journal serves those involved in developing and managing programs for youth during the out-of-school time hours and those engaged in research and in shaping youth development policy.

Afterschool Matters is part of the Afterschool Matters Initiative and is published 2-3 times per year by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) with support from the Robert Bowne Foundation.  View recent issues or Browse by topic.


Fall 2017

Fall 2017

  • Welcome from the Managing Editor of Afterschool Matters
  • Equity and Inclusion: An Action Agenda for Youth Development Professionals
  • Making and Mentors: What it Takes to Make Them Better Together
  • Using Video Game Design to Motivate Students
  • Fostering Arts Education Through a University-Afterschool Partnership
  • Voices From the Field: An Unexpected Outcome Afterschool STEM Enrichment Empowers Facilitators Too!

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Spring 2017

Spring 2017

  • What If? Building Creative Cultures for STEM Making and Learning
  • Why Are OST Workers Dedicated—or Not? Factors That Influence Commitment to OST Care Work
  • Crumpled Molecules and Edible Plastic: Science Learning Activation in Out-of-School Time
  • An “I” in Teen? Perceived Agency in a Youth Development Program
  • Connecting Urban Students with Engineering Design: Community-Focused, Student-Driven Projects
  • Voices From the Field: "Systems Trump Programs” A Case for Agency Support in Afterschool

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Fall 2016

Fall 2016

  • Creating Holistic Partnerships Between School and Afterschool
  • Getting the Right Fit: Designing a Professional Learning Community for Out-of-School Time
  • Infrastructures to Support Equitable STEM Learning Across Settings
  • Measuring Program Quality: Evidence of the Scientific Validity of the Assessment of Program Practices Tool
  • The Plague of the Broken Crayons and the Heads That Haunted Us

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Spring 2016

Spring 2016

  • Jumpin’ Jaguars: Encouraging Physical Activity After School
  • Math Is Like a Scary Movie? Helping Young People Overcome Math Anxiety
  • Helping Low-Income Urban Youth Make the Transition to Early Adulthood: A Retrospective Study of the YMCA Youth Institute
  • Measuring and Understanding Authentic Youth Engagement: The Youth-Adult Partnership Rubric
  • “I Could See Myself as a Scientist”: The Potential of Out-of-School Time Programs to Influence Girls’ Identities in Science

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The Afterschool Matters Initiative is managed by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time, a program of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College

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