Afterschool programs help kids learn, grow, and realize their full potential. Through fun, engaging learning experiences, kids build foundational skills, like communication, teamwork, and problem solving, that help prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow.
“I wouldn’t be able to work without the afterschool programs. To have the peace of mind to know that they are getting picked up from school, they are getting fed a nutritious meal, they get homework help, and then they get to have fun. So, for me, it’s a win-win because I know they’re in a good place, and I can keep working without that guilt that I think every mother has that’s at work. Not having these programs would be devastating to our community."
— Pamela Shope, Mother of two boys who attend afterschool programs in West Virginia
Kids share what they’re learning and doing in their afterschool programs—from coding and hands-on STEM projects to networking and discovering their passion for helping others.
Colby Holmes, a college-bound student from New Hope, Alabama, describes how his afterschool program helped him earn a college scholarship and find his future career path.
Afterschool programs spark greater interest in school and get kids excited about learning. In this video, a high school student describes how his afterschool program helped him learn to love reading and ignite his passion for filmmaking.
College-bound student Colby Holmes describes how his afterschool program helped him earn a college scholarship and find his future career path.
More than 70% of students in STEM afterschool programs express more interest in and knowledge about careers in science. They also build essential skills, such as perseverance and critical thinking.
65% of students improve their homework completion and class participation.
Nearly 60% of students improve their behavior in class.
1 in 2 students improved their math and reading grades.
Nationwide, nearly 20 million families need afterschool programs. When kids have no place to go after school, they miss out on opportunities to learn, parents lose 8 days of work, and businesses lose $300 billion a year.