The Certificate in After-School Education (CASE) was established at UC Irvine by Professors Joseph Mahoney and Deborah Vandell to ensure that future leaders of after school programs are well trained. CASE mentors provide K-12 youth with a variety of academic, enrichment, and recreational activities at the five sites. Through CASE, UC Links also supports undergraduate participation in after school programs at several school and community organizations. CASE combines classroom instruction and supervised fieldwork across a sequence of courses offered through UCI’s School of Education. CASE students gain basic knowledge of child development; core knowledge in theory, research, and evaluation of after-school programs; and practical skills in working with local youth and developing after-school programming. The majority of CASE students report that their favorite experiences involve the required fieldwork and their involvement in children's development. Site program directors reported key benefits to having CASE undergraduates in their programs, including: improved instruction, lower student-to-staff ratio, better program organization, improved behavior of children, and the presence of positive role models.