“High-quality afterschool programs have been shown to increase school attendance, raise graduation rates and reduce the likelihood that young people will smoke, drink, use drugs or become teen parents. Quality afterschool programs also address the needs of working parents who cannot pick up their children at 3:00 p.m., and increase their productivity at work. Furthermore, OST programs help cities reduce juvenile crime, promote healthy lifestyles and address childhood obesity, and build an educated and skilled workforce. In short, OST programs make a real, measurable difference in the lives of children, families, and communities. Polling data suggest that the parents of more than 18 million children who are not currently participating in afterschool programs would send their children to a program if one were available.”
The report puts emphasis on the word “QUALITY” when it comes to afterschool programming or “out of school time (OST)” programs.
This report touches on the fact that not all afterschool programs are created equal. There are vast differences between those that work and those that don’t. You cannot simply implement any afterschool program.
Instead, let’s discuss those programs that are “evidence-based” and PROVEN to work. If you really want to make invasive and effective impact in teens, check out those which have been rigorously tested by external reviews to produce positive results and reduce negative outcomes for youth. Click around our website to find out more about our evidence based program, Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program.
Check out more from this report by clicking here: http://www.nlc.org/find-city-solutions/iyef/afterschool/municipal-leadership-for-afterschool-citywide-approaches-spreading-across-the-country
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