The Quest for Mastery

The Quest for Mastery Positive Youth Development Through Out-of-School Programs

Sam M. Intrator and Don Siegel
cloth, 240 Pages
Pub. Date: March 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-660-9
Price: $60.00

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paper, 240 Pages
Pub. Date: March 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-659-3
Price: $26.95

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In The Quest for Mastery, Sam M. Intrator and Don Siegel investigate an emerging trend: the growth of out-of-school programs dedicated to helping underserved youth develop the personal qualities and capacities that will help them succeed in school, college, and beyond.


With intelligence and compassion, The Quest for Mastery documents how a well-run afterschool program can turn around the life of an at-risk child and help kids who are struggling discover the focus, self-discipline, and sense of community they need to succeed. — Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO, Harlem Children’s Zone

In The Quest for Mastery, Intrator and Siegel bring to life the core principles that underlie positive youth development in out-of-school programs. Their interviews with youth, staff, parents, and teachers, coupled with their observations and notes from the field, can guide, inspire, and transform educators’ efforts to expand opportunities for young people. — Deborah Lowe Vandell, dean, School of Education, University of California, Irvine

Intrator and Siegel explore exemplary out-of-school programs that teach young people about identity and integrity, growing up, and aspiring to success through sports and the arts. Working alongside caring, committed adults, youth learn about the power of passion, discipline, and community. The Quest for Mastery promises a better future for the young and for our world. — Parker J. Palmer, author of Let Your Life Speak and The Courage to Teach

This terrific book is proof of hope made real in the lives of the kids who need it most. — Neil Nicoll, president and CEO, YMCA of the USA

These researchers have tried to understand what makes youth programs such as theirs distinctive from school-related activities and what can schools learn from this kind of endeavor. Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels.
— R.C. Morris, CHOICE

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About the Authors

Sam M. Intrator is a professor of education and child study and a member of the Urban Studies Program at Smith College.

Don Siegel is a professor of exercise and sport studies at Smith College.

Intrator and Siegel are codirectors of Project Coach, an afterschool youth program in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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