After School Hours
Twenty-eight million children have parents who work outside the home. Many of these children do not have access to affordable, quality care during the hours after school or when school is not in session. Therefore, a majority of these children are left unsupervised during non-school hours. Juvenile crime triples when the school bell rings at the end of the day.
Moreover, children are at four times the risk of being the victim of a crime (for example, murder, violent sex offense, robbery, and assault) during the hours after school. Studies show that adolescents that are unsupervised for 11 or more hours per week experience twice the risk of substance abuse as those who are under some form of adult supervision.
After School Programs
After school sports programs keep our children safe and provide them with much needed, supervised, structured activity that will deter delinquency and encourage healthy lifestyles. Studies around the nation have proven that children attending Programs:
- Are two times less likely to use drugs.
- Are one-third less likely to become teen parents.
- Have improved school attendance and do their homework more often and better.
- Learn to respect people who are different from themselves and develop better conflict resolution and social skills.
- Make new friends and build relationships with caring mentors and adults.
- Lessen the worries of parents who cannot be with their children after school or when school is not in session.
- Develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to adopt and maintain a physically active lifestyle.
- Emphasize enjoyable participation in lifetime physical activities such as walking, running and other sports.
- Involve entire communities in the enrichment of children.