After-school hours is a critical time for youth. It is a time when many children in our communities are left to fend for themselves without positive adult supervision. Some don’t get a healthy, balanced meal, or any evening meal whatsoever. Others, who need help with homework or other challenges, have nowhere to turn. This can lead to low graduation rates, violence and crime, drug and alcohol use, bullying, and suicide.
By the time they reach 6th grade, youth from middle-class families have likely spent 6,000 more hours learning than kids born into poverty.
The Need In Our Community Is Real