Public/Private Ventures, March 2004
This evaluation of a citywide effort to create a specific type of after-school program, the San Francisco Beacon Initiative, begins to address the gaps in past after-school evaluations. This report addresses the following questions: How did the Beacon centers foster high-quality activity and participation among young people? If young people participate in high-quality after-school programs, do they report positive developmental experiences such as a sense of belonging and positive peer and adult support? If young people report increases in these positive developmental experiences, do they also exhibit improved well-being and academic performance?