Afterschool Programs for Students Attending Schools in Community School District 5


A WebQuest for 8th Grade (Physical Education)

Designed by Ms. Shavon Glover




Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits


The Problem:  Impact of Crime on Afterschool Programs for Middle School Students



There are multiple categories of students who do/do not participate in afterschool programming. There is one group who of students who do not participate because they are perceived as introverts and that they do not like to interact with people outside of their circles. Then there is the group that find afterschool programs utterly boring and pointless. There is the group that participates in afterschool programming and enjoy it. Lastly, there is the group that would like to participate in afterschool programs, but their location may not allow them too. However, research strongly suggest that participating in afterschool programming can increase students’ academic performance.


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The Task:
As the President of your school’s student council, you and your council have been asked to participate in the Participatory Budgeting process in your school District. Participatory Budgeting requires projects to be created and voted on for financial support as part of a $1 million distribution among other projects in your school community. Your project, however, must address how to increase the creation of afterschool programming that would impact the decrease in youth crime in your respective school community. The key component of your project must include increasing movement.





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Your group will use the public policy analyst (PPA) tool to help guide your research in your project. In using the PPA to guide your research, keep in mind how you will apply your findings to create your final outcome. The elements of the public policy analyst are listed below in detail.


Identify the nature of a problem:

Students will work in teams. Each group will use Worksheet #1: Define the Problem to identify contributing factor of the increase of youth crime in your school District.


Gather evidence to support your problem.

Your team Worksheet #2: Gather Evidence to gather evidence that will support your research.


§  Your team will gather research on youth crime in your school District.

§  Some members on your team will work on gathering research on the Participatory Budgeting process.

§  Some members on your team will work on gathering research on the governing body of afterschool programs. 

§  Once your team has identified their findings, they will work together to create an informational source for distribution in the form of a video and brochure detailing their findings on how afterschool programs can impact youth crimes in their respective school District.

·         Presentation of findings.


 Determine the causes and factors contributing to the problem.

Your team will use Worksheet #3: Identify Causes to help identify the causes of youth crime in your school community.

Your team partner will Use Worksheet #3 identify the causes youth crime in your school

community as it relates to students' participation in afterschool programs in the middle

schools in your District.


Evaluate the existing policy

Use Worksheet #4: Evaluating Policy to evaluate the current policy on afterschool programming and youth crime in your school District.


Develop public policy alternatives

Use Worksheet #5: Public Policy Alternatives to create additional public policy alternatives based on the evaluation of research your team will have conducted on current policies on afterschool programming and crime intervention/prevention.


Determine the best public policy solution to the problem.

Use Worksheet #6: Best Policy Solution to identify the best public policy solution to your team’s problem and explain why your team have chosen this particular solution and how this solution can be implemented.












The rubric below will be used to develop a score for your WebQuest. Describe to the learners how their performance will be evaluated. Specify whether there will be a common grade for group work vs. individual grades.






Score and Notes


Content is well organized using headings.

Uses headings or bulleted lists to organize, but overall organization of topics appears flawed.

Content is logically organized for the most part.

There was no clear or logical organizational structure.


Covers topic in-depth with details and examples. Subject knowledge is excellent.

Includes essential knowledge about the topic. Subject knowledge appears to be good.

Includes essential information about the topic but there are 1-2 factual errors.

Content is minimal OR there are several factual errors.


Source information collected for all graphics, facts and quotes. All documented in desired format.

Source information collected for all graphics, facts and quotes. Most documented in desired format.

Source information collected for graphics, facts and quotes, but not documented in desired format.

Very little or no source information was collected.


Well-rehearsed with smooth delivery that holds audience attention.

Rehearsed with fairly smooth delivery that holds audience attention most of the time.

Delivery not smooth, but able to maintain interest of the audience most of the time.

Delivery not smooth and audience attention often lost.


For this project, your team will define “youth crime” as:


·         Juvenile delinquency is known as “juvenile offending” is the act of participating in an unlawful behavior as a minor or individual younger than the statutory age of majority.

·         Juvenile delinquency refers to the antisocial or criminal activity of a child below 16 years of age (males) and 18 years of age (females) which violates the law.


You have worked hard in using the PPA model in solving the problem of the impact of crime on afterschool programs for middle school students, as well as educating us on the importance of teamwork is creating a project that all schools can benefit from while utilizing the Participatory Budgeting process. Because of your hard work and informative materials, your school District and community has become aware of the importance of giving youth a voice in the Participatory Budgeting process and how they can advocate for funding that will benefit all middle school students in your school community.