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Thursday, November 13, 2014

OST Research and Resource Hub

The Youth Today Out-of-School Time (OST) Hub, funded, in part, by a generous grant from the Robert Bowne Foundation, embodies the Foundation’s philosophy of positive youth development, the importance of reflection and inquiry, a deep respect for youth workers as experts in their own right and of youth worker voices. In addition, the Hub reflects the Foundation's belief in the critical importance of building bridges between research and practice.

The OST Hub focuses on topics that address relevant and critical issues in the out-of-school time (OST) field, many of them linked with current news stories reported in the newspaper Youth Today. The topics for the OST Hub have been selected through an advisory panel consisting of experts and researchers in the field of OST as well as seasoned practitioners. In addition, a survey of researchers, practitioners, and policy makers was used to collect information regarding potential topic areas for the OST Hub.

Each topic area has its own page with links to relevant articles, research, curricula and other program materials grounded in practice for in-depth exploration and deeper learning. There are also opportunities for professional development and training, including short webinars (Expresso Learning) developed in partnership with the National Afterschool Association (NAA) and, potentially, longer term certificate programs or credit-bearing courses through Kennesaw State University.

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