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The Importance of Soft Skills in Afterschool Programs

Afterschool programs have evolved. Today, parents and students alike expect these extracurricular programs to teach soft skills: those required for college admissions and career success.

But what exactly are "soft skills?" It can be a misleading name for traits that are vital for real-world success—skills such as communication, time management, empathy and more.

LinkedIn surveyed 5,000 global talent leaders for its 2019 Global Talent Trends survey. The No. 1 trend identified by these professionals? Soft skills. Why? For many, the answer was automation. We can train machines to do a lot of our more monotonous tasks, but we can't teach them things like how to be creative or how to be a good listener.

While we may not be able to teach soft skills to machines, we can teach them to children. And by doing so, you can make your programs more attractive to parents. In this expert guide, The Benefits of Soft Skills in Your Curriculum, you'll learn:

  • How to incorporate the teaching of soft skills into your existing programs.
  • Why it's important to empower students to take a role in shaping these programs.
  • How doing both can increase recruitment and retention rates.

To learn more about the importance of teaching soft skills early and how to work them into your current programs, download the guide.

Content and photo courtesy of ACTIVE Network.

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