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Sustaining older youth's interest in learning is particularly critical given that nearly one in four students fails to graduate from high school on time. Research indicates that regular participation in quality expanded learning opportunities (ELOs) can help keep older youth on a positive academic trajectory and support their successful graduation and transition into college and/or career.

In this first brief in our series with the National Conference of State Legislatures, we examine the benefits of ELOs for older youth as well as the policy implications of recent research.

Helping Older Youth Succeed Through Expanded Learning Opportunities provides examples of positive youth outcomes, common characteristics of high-quality programs and initiatives, and policy recommendations based on these findings.

Download Helping Older Youth Succeed Through Expanded Learning Opportunities.

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