The Benefits of After School and Summer Programs for Youth
Studies over the last 10 years have shown that afterschool programs can boost academic performance, reduce risky behaviors, promote physical health, and provide a safe, structured environment for the children of working parents. (youth.gov)
While these studies are useful for measuring program results, sometimes the best measures of success are the experiences of the youth we serve and the observations of their parents. Recently, a parent of one of our members spoke about the benefits she and her children experienced as a result of participating in programs at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands. She posted on social media:
My kids have been at an amazing summer program this summer, as well as the last 3 summers. They are exposed to many different classes, meet tons of new people, participate in new experiences, and have millions of opportunities to have fun. They are safe, fed, and have great role models … in their lives because of this program. From cooking to coding to Adventureland, my kids have had an awesome summer rather than just sitting at home when I go to work. … Programs like these can be life-changers for families like mine.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands’ offer a variety of programs designed to empower youth with opportunities to build character and leadership skills, establish healthy habits, expand their academic knowledge, and engage in supportive relationships with adults and other youth. Club members participate in hands-on learning experiences, games, and athletic activities. BGCM programs take place both after school and during the summer months.
BGCM’s goal is to deliver programs that create happy and healthy children today, while building a foundation for success and a better future. This begins with providing a safe environment that keeps kids engaged, active and happy in the hours after school, during vacation periods and throughout the summer months.