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A. Topical Research Information “Trying to Address a Growing Youth-At-Risk Problem.” Americans for the Arts. Digital Print. This article specifically looks at the use of creative arts and the social and academic impact they can have on the youth in communities. It suggests that art is “a powerful crime preventive tool,” that “attracts and engages even the toughest kids.” The article continues to address the doubt that people have regarding how effective art really is in children’s lives. Kids who have something like the arts to put their time and energy into, grow to feel like they are part of a larger picture and see their potential. The information is pertinent to the design proposal because it looks at the success in lives of delinquent youth. The proposed site is located downtown Eugene where a lot of troubled youth hang out and get themselves into trouble. Looking at this article for ways to address the growing issue of where kids go and what they do after 3pm will help develop the unique focus The Link has on music and dance. Hirsh, J. Barton. “A Place to Call Home: After School Programs for Urban Youth.” Print. This book investigates the debate regarding the format of after school programs. Some say that an after school program should be more intense and rigid, making the focus about academics and success, however this writer precedes to explain that students grow when they feel connected to a community, and ultimately feel like they are part of a “second family.” Barton gives evidence that there are greater chances of success in the lives of these kids when the core focus isn’t academics and school. He conducted studies and gathered information about The Boys and Girls Club organization to see how successful their program is and what they are doing to get there. It’s important to have an understanding of other after school programs that implemented and successful in their communities. This book will give me insight on how to shape my other spaces in the program involved physical activity, tutoring and mentoring. “Issue Briefs” Afterschool Alliance. 2009. Digital The Afterschool Alliance is a nation wide organization that is dedicated to raising awareness regarding the need for after school programs. “The Afterschool Alliance is working to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality after school programs. Afterschool programs are critical to children and families today, yet the need for programs is far from being met.” The organization provides data from research that has been done in 2005 and 2009. The “Issue Briefs” page discusses topics surrounding the need for after school programs. There is a section devoted to the correlation between after school programs and success in school, explaining the various reasons why it has such a large impact on the lives of the youth. Studies have shown that students who have a program to be involved in, improved their social and communication skills, and decreased their behavioral problems. The website also gives pertinent data regarding the state of Oregon which clearly demonstrates the lack of support and the large need for after school programs to be implemented.


The Link Afterschool Program for the Performing Arts  
The Link Afterschool Program for the Performing Arts  

Comprehensive Studio Project Bachelor of Interior Architecture 2012 University of Oregon