Benefits After-school Programs for Kids & Teens
- School curriculum incorporating stress management programs improve academic performance, self-esteem, classroom behaviors, concentration, and emotional balance. In addition, there is a decrease in helplessness, aggression, and behavioral problems of students. ~ V. Barnes, L. Bauza and F. Treiber. Impact of stress reduction on negative school behavior in Adolescents. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2003
- Recent research suggest that after-school programs may have significant compensatory influences on children’s development and that children who are at most risk for poor developmental outcomes may be those that benefit the most from after-school participation. ~ B. Hirsch. A Place to Call Home: After-School Programs for Urban Youth. American Psychological Association
- Research has shown that afterschool programs improve youth health and wellness. A 2005 study found that, in a sample taken from a primarily low-income community, children who became involved in afterschool programs were significantly less likely to be obese than non-participants and were more accepted by their peers. ~ NYSAN. Expanding the Role of Afterschool Programs in Promoting Health and Wellness. The Role of Afterschool Programs in Promoting Health and Wellness.