The verdict: a decade of research and evaluation studies confirms that children and youth who participate in afterschool programs can reap a host of positive benefits in a number of interrelated outcome areas — academic, social-emotional, prevention, and health and wellness. These are the skills that many suggest are necessary for youth to succeed in the 21st century global economy and world.
Students come from a teacher-directed environment to a self-directed when they reach home. But they don’t have the skill or confidence to be successful in this environment. They have more commitments and a lot more distractions with electronic media competing for their attention.
After School Program helps in:
- Academic Performance
- Social Emotional Development
- Crime, drug and sex prevention
- Promoting health and wellness
Parents often see signs of Executive Function challenges in their child in middle school, when students face increased demands for self-management. Students study skills apply to real life, not just school. These skills are critically in demand in the workplace too! Studies by Stanford Research Institute and the Carnegie Mellon Foundation surveyed Fortune 500 CEOs and determined that 75% of career success depends on soft skills like organization, critical thinking, and written expression, while only 25% of career success actually depended on technical knowledge. Executive Function is a skill that is seen in different forms. Teaching students to give their best to what they are doing is the main focus. We believe teaching students to learn to negotiate, have flexibility and right attitude are key ingredients students should possess.
Parents and teachers may notice:
Organizational challenges – the student has difficulty organizing from backpack, folders, or they just don’t turn in their work.
Behavior management challenges – the student is impulsive, escape work by being distraction, has difficulty settling down to do work and completing task.
Time management challenges – the student leaves work until the last minute, causing panic and stress at home, procrastination and refusal to do work.
Academic challenges – the student lacks persistence or often does not complete or even start assignments, lack of focus and motivation.