Setting the Standard

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We know we can only inspire meaningful growth in our youth if they participate regularly in our programs.

Guided by this understanding, we’ve developed a set of standards that holds our programs to high levels of quality so that young people truly enjoy the experience, and as a result, come back day after day.

Our Quality Standards

Our set of standards is rooted in positive youth development.  According to the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, a collaboration of nineteen federal departments and agencies that support youth, positive youth development is an intentional approach that engages the whole young person within their communities, schools, organizations, peer groups, and families in a manner that is productive and constructive.  Further, it celebrates and enhances youths’ strengths and promotes positive outcomes for young people by providing opportunities, fostering positive relationships, and furnishing the support needed to build on their leadership strengths.

We’ve engaged in conversations at the state and national level to inform our standards and inspire others to commit to high-quality learning for all youth.  Our standards have been guided by national research findings, the work of the Forum for Youth Investment and the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, and Every Hour Counts.  They have also been adopted by the state of Rhode Island’s 21st Century Community Learning Center network and the Afterschool Leadership Circle, as well as many after-school funders in Rhode Island.

For a list of our quality standards, click here.

Learn more about how we teach our standards to program providers and partners through professional development.