2007: Youth Services

“Barriers to Middle-School Youth Participation in After-School Programs”

for Middletown Youth Services Bureau

by Daphne Clyburn, Kathleen Day, Alex Diamond, and Stephanie O’Brien


In collaboration with the Middletown Youth Services Bureau (MYSB), four Wesleyan University researchers—Daphne Clyburn, Kathleen Day, Alex Diamond, and Stephanie O’Brien—investigated factors that affect youth participation in after-school activities, with the goal of identifying barriers and developing strategies to increase participation in after-school programs. Using data from both surveys and interviews conducted with Middletown middle-school students and their parents, this report answers the question of who is not participating in after-school programs and why, and suggests ways to increase student participation.