Professor Sandra Simpkins, PhD student Yangyang Liu, and University of Massachusetts Assistant Professor Nickki Pearce Dawes have authored Chapter 2 in the new publication The Growing Out-of-School Time Field: Past, Present and Future, part of the series Current Issues in Out-of-School Time. Their chapter is titled "15 Years After Community Programs to Promote Youth Development."
According to Information Age Publishing, Current Issues in Out-of-School Time is designed with a purpose to disseminate original research and promising practices that further the OST field. This first book sets the foundation on which the series rests upon, by offering an analysis of the progress made since the 2000s, as well as by looking toward the future for areas of considerations. Leading OST experts explore latest knowledge, intentionally bridging research and practice, and propose new areas of inquiry within each of the following six sections:
1. OST as a vehicle for young people’s development;
2. Socio-cultural dimensions of OST;
3. Professional development within OST;
4. Research- and evaluation-informed field;
5. OST advocacy; and
6. Future directions for the OST field.