Why Afterschool Matters

Afterschool programming helps to lift up the skills youth need to succeed in school, careers, and in life. It gives children and youth opportunities to:

  • Spark a new interest — in robotics or music

  • Offer youth-centered space, sense of belonging

  • Build academic motivation and social-emotional skills

  • Get connected to caring adults

  • Be in a safe place while parents are at work

Skills Improvement

Youth increased their skills by participating in Detroit youth development programs, according to Youth Development Resource Center research.

Belonging

  • 56% 56%

56% of students improved relationships with peers and adults. 

Learning

  • 73% 73%

73% of students improved academic motivation, interesting in learning, critical thinking, and school bonding.

Learning

  • 72% 72%

73% of students improved academic motivation, interesting in learning, critical thinking, and school bonding.

Leading

  • 71% 71%

71% of students improved perseverance, assertiveness, action orientation, reflection, optimism, empathy, trust, and emotion control.

Proven Results

In 2019, this percentage of youth who initially scored low improved their skills in the following areas through participation in quality youth development programs.

  • Academic Motivation: 78% 78% 78%
  • Assertiveness: 83% 84% 84%
  • Learning Interest: 78% 78% 78%
  • Action Orientation: 72% 78% 78%
  • Perserverence: 72% 72% 72%
  • Reflection: 76% 76% 76%

In 2019, this percentage of youth improved their skills in the following areas through participation in quality youth development programs.

  • Academic Motivation: 78% 78% 78%
  • Assertiveness: 83% 84% 84%
  • Learning Interest: 78% 78% 78%
  • Action Orientation: 72% 78% 78%
  • Perserverence: 72% 72% 72%
  • Reflection: 76% 76% 76%

Afterschool Learning

School-age kids spend 80 percent of their waking hours outside of school, according to our colleagues at Afterschool Alliance. After going to afterschool programs:

%

of students improve their homework completion and class participation.

%

of students improve their behavior in class.

%

of students improve their math and reading grades.

More than 70%

  • 72% 72%

of students in STEM afterschool programs express more interest in and knowledge about careers in science. They also build essential skills, such as perseverance and critical thinking.

 

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