What do most students do after school? Gallup’s most recent Youth Survey* shows 44% of teens say they often do homework in the hours between school and dinnertime. Vying for second place** among teens’ typical after-school activities are playing sports, watching television, and just hanging out, each mentioned by about one in five teens.

What is an after school? After-school programs are defined as safe, structured activities that convene regularly in the hoursafter school and offer activities to help children learn new skills, and develop into responsible adults. Activities may cover topics such as technology, reading, math, science and the arts.

Why after school activities are important? Consistent participation in afterschool programs has shown lower dropout rates and has helped close achievement gaps for low-income students. For older youth, regular participation in an afterschool program may also reduce risky behaviors and help them gain college and career-needed skills.

What is the purpose of the National Afterschool Association? National AfterSchool Association. NAA is the membership association for professionals who work with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to provide a wide variety of extended learning opportunities and care during out-of-school hours.

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