A Self-Study Guide for Managers and Staff of Primary Support Programs for Young People
The authors of this 60-page publication provide guidance to organizations and programs providing out-of-school time (OST) activities for young people. They define primary support organizations as "recreational, cultural, civic, and other supportive resources for young people in a community. The authors explain how primary support organizations can help youth experience healthy development through the strengthening of four key skills: (1) the ability to maintain physical vitality; (2) the ability to care for others and interact with others in relationships of mutual respect; (3) the cognitive and social abilities to become resourceful; and (4) the ability to become connected socially. Toward these goals, the authors describe four components of quality primary support programs: (a) safety, comfort and belonging; (b) positive social interactions and relationships; (c) activities and programming that promote healthy development; and (d) organizational and administrative competence. The publication is organized around these four components. For each one, the authors provide three levels of questions to assess current and future programs provided by organizations, as well as tables of quality indicators at the basic, intermediate and advanced levels for each component.