WSU Whatcom County Extension

Afterschool Programs & 4-H

Afterschool Programs & 4-H

This short video details Washington State University’s successful
afterschool partnership with Meridian School District.

 

Why Afterschool?

Over the last several years there has been more and more evidence linking afterschool programming to academic success and positive youth development. Afterschool is a term that applies to a wide variety of programs that serve children during non-school or out-of-school time hours. Out-of-school includes before school, afterschool, weekend, holidays and summertime opportunities.

The benefits of afterschool programming reach across many populations and serve whole communities. Here are some reasons to embrace afterschool learning:

Academic Achievement:

Rresearch has proven that participation in afterschool programs can improve youth academic performance. There is an opportunity for more in depth, project based learning, the kind of learning youth find motivating.

Building a Community:

Afterschool programs draw in several community partners including schools of higher learning, health organizations, philanthropic groups, and faith based and youth development organizations.

Social/Emotional Development:

Many afterschool programs help youth develop positive peer relationships in an environment that encourages healthy decision making and activities to promote self-efficacy.

Building and Supporting a Labor Force:

Parents who know their children are in a safe place can focus on their work and be more productive, youth in afterschool programs can explore activities that connect them to a future of career choices.

A Safe Place:

Law enforcement agencies will testify that most juvenile crime occurs between 3PM and 8PM, a time when youth are often left unsupervised. Afterschool opportunities can provide adult supervision, mentoring and opportunities for positive citizenship development.

 


 

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