The fact is, the out-of-school hours of 3 to 6 p.m. are as important to our children’s development as the time that they spend in school and at home. In fact, out-of-school time is so essential, it was addressed at the recent TEDxYouth@San Juan youth development conference in Puerto Rico, where I had the privilege to speak.
Research shows that kids who are productively occupied after school significantly enhance their probability for long-term success. Conversely, youth who are not engaged in beneficial activities during this period are at greater risk of aberrant behavior, such as committing juvenile crimes, which peak on school days from 3 to 6 p.m.
Every day they’re not in school, every kid needs a safe, supervised environment. For millions of kids, the Boys & Girls Club is their safe out-of-school setting to meet friends, have fun, get homework help and be actively engaged under the watchful eye of trusted adults.
So where do your kids go after school? What do they do over the summer? Are you happy with these arrangements? Do you feel they’re positively occupied? Please, take a minute to share your thoughts by leaving a comment.