July 31, 2014
When the school day ends, children and teens need opportunities to learn and engage in meaningful activities. Their success out of school can have a positive effect on their success in school. Unfortunately, 15.1 million children nationwide and 28% (641,975) of K-12 youth in Illinois are left unsupervised after 3 p.m. and do not participate in afterschool programs, according to Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness advocacy organization. To help close this gap, YMCA of Metro Chicago offers quality afterschool programs in most of its membership centers.
Combining play with academics, the Y’s afterschool programs provide learning enrichment through arts, music, physical education, sports and nutrition. It also provides children with an extra support system to help them achieve and reach their full potential. As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, and a pioneer in afterschool programs, the Y believes guidance, encouragement and support through positive role models, along the learning continuum–from early learning and preschool to high school graduation and college–provide the best chance for youth to succeed in school and life.
“Learning enrichment after school is essential to increasing children’s success in school,” said Bela Moté, Senior Vice President of Learning and Evaluation, YMCA of Metro Chicago. “The opportunity to get additional learning and support and participate in meaningful activities can inspire the motivation and ability to succeed.”
Studies show participation in afterschool programs helps boost school attendance and academic performance and reduces gaps in academic achievement among children from disadvantaged households. The YMCA also provides financial assistance to those in need, to ensure every child and teen has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y.
For more information about the YMCA of Metro Chicago’s afterschool programs, visit the respective Center’s website for details.