This week’s infographic comes from the YMCA which has been a member of the National Human Services Assembly for most of NHSA’s 90 year history. Among many programs and services, the YMCA provides after-school programming for children and youth.
Not only do after-school programs like the YMCA ensure the safety of children during unsupervised hours–preventing risky and delinquent behavior as well has harm in other forms–but research indicates that quality programs enhance the acquisition of academic, social, and workforce skills students need to succeed. In fact, a new report from America’s Promise Alliance, “Don’t Call Them Drop Outs” claims that students who participate in after-school programs are 67% less likely to leave school.
The infographic below makes a clear argument that out-of-school time programs not only support learning in the classroom, but they also help strengthen and improve outcomes for students.