The characteristic of gender affects youth organizations and youth participation in out-of-school time programs. Gender refers to the roles, responsibilities, expectations, and behaviors of males and females in society. Historically, there have been many stereotypes, assumptions, and expectations surrounding gender and the behaviors, interests, and attitudes considered appropriate for males and for females. Gender equity refers to treating all individuals based on their particular needs, characteristics, and abilities, rather than on assumptions or stereotypes based on one’s gender.

Using a gender lens on out-of-school time programs means exploring if, why, or how gender and gender issues are addressed or how they affect youth participation, engagement, or outcomes in out-of-school time programs. This entry provides a brief overview of key issues related to gender in out-of-school time ...

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