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Recreation Plus is a non-profit organization that provides low-to-no cost instruction to students of all ages. Our goal is to support learning and growth by providing an easily accessible structure through which schools, community centers, and Living Communities can offer productive educational and recreational enrichment options to various populations.

Why We Need After School Programs

  • The rate for juvenile crime peaks in the after-school hours. About 10 percent of violent juvenile crimes are committed between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Children are also at a much greater risk of being the victim of a violent crime (murder, a violent sex offense, robbery, or assault) after the school day, roughly 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Youth ages 10-16 who have a relationship with a mentor, an important component of a quality after-school program, are 46 percent less likely to start using drugs and 27 percent less likely to start drinking alcohol.
  • After school and in the evenings, children watch, on average, about 23 hours per week of television. Quality after-school programs offer children and youth enjoyable alternatives to television watching during the after-school hours in environments filled with opportunities to learn and grow.
  • Students who spent even one to four hours a week in extracurricular activities were 60 percent less likely to have dropped out of school by 12th grade than their peers who did not participate.
  • The structure of an after-school program can make homework part of students’ daily routine. This can contribute to children in after-school programs completing more and better-prepared homework because of their participation.
  • Research shows that children who participate in after-school programs behave better in class, handle conflict more effectively, and cooperate more with authority figures and with their peers.
  • Research shows that children with the opportunity to make social connections in after-school hours are better adjusted and happier than those who do not have this opportunity.
  • After-school programs can help school districts save money over the long term because of decreased student retention and special education placements. Where there is a decrease in juvenile crime due to a program, communities also save resources.
  • Educators can expect that when family and community members make an investment in an after-school program, they will be more interested and involved in their own children’s learning, in the learning of all children in the program, and in the life of the school as a whole.
The information above were direct quotes and statistics from a US Department of Education publication, June 2000.

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