K-12 Out-of-School Time Initiative

Bolstering student attendance and academic success.

The K-12 Student Success: Out-of-School Time Initiative focuses on bolstering student attendance and academic success among Oregon’s middle school students of color and rural and low-income students. We fund community-based programs that offer best-practice after-school and summer academic support, positive adult role models and parent engagement programming.

OCF and our partner The Ford Family Foundation identify middle school as a key transition point and an opportunity to combat socio-economic, geographic and racial inequities in student success. Research shows that quality out-of-school time programs support positive youth development and increase engagement with school, thus improving attendance, boosting academic performance and increasing the likelihood of high school graduation and postsecondary attainment.

Best-practice out-of-school time programs like the ones strengthened by this initiative increase student attendance and academic achievement, and decrease risky behaviors, particularly for our target population. Successful programs are also positively associated with social-emotional skills such as creativity, resiliency and problem-solving, which are known to contribute to the likelihood of success in school and life.

From 2013-2018, the Out-of-School Time initiative awarded over $8 million in grants to 50 community-based programs.

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