The after-school hours are a critical time for youth. It’s a time when many kids are left without adult guidance. Some miss out on proper meals, while others lack assistance with homework or personal challenges. This situation can lead to lower graduation rates, increased violence, drug use, bullying, and, tragically, suicide.
Consider this eye-opening statistic: by 6th grade, children from middle-class families have spent approximately 6,000 more hours learning than those born into poverty. This educational gap highlights a broader inequality we must address.
Together, we can make a life changing impact. Let’s ensure that all children, regardless of their circumstances, have the support and opportunities they need during these crucial after-school hours.
The Need In Our Community Is Real