Afterschool programs are essential, especially within the underserved areas of our communities, in giving children an alternative to the negative influences our youth of today contend with on a daily basis. IEA is working with communities to enhance our afterschool programming with amenities such as the following:
- Parent engagement and support
- Program enhancement and expansion
- Engaging community assistance programs upon identification of a youth's challenges
IEA and our facility partners are creating some short and long-term strategies to implement the above enhancements to its afterschool programming.
"Afterschool programs (sometimes called OST or Out-of-School Time) serve children and youth of all ages, and encompass a broad range of focus areas including academic support, mentoring, youth development, arts, and sports and recreation. The activities in which children and youth engage while outside of school hours are critical to their development, highlighting the need for quality afterschool programs in all communities. The demand for afterschool programs is strong; current estimates suggest that nearly 10 million children and youth participate in afterschool programs annually, 10 million in summer camps, and 6 million in 4-H programs alone (Yohalem, Pittman, and Edwards, 2010).
High quality afterschool programs generate positive outcomes for youth including improved academic performance, classroom behavior, and health and nutrition. Communities and businesses also benefit when youth have safe and productive ways to spend their time while their parents are at work. Several Federal agencies provide support and resources to afterschool programs to help promote positive outcomes for youth. Explore the articles and links on this page to learn more about afterschool."