Every weekday, students in 29 Orange County public middle schools have a choice: They can either sit at home or participate in the Florida county's award-winning After School Zone. Since its 1999 inception, over 245,000 youth have chosen the Zone and are better for it.
Most out-of-school time leaders and advocates are familiar with the phenomenon social scientists call "the summer slide," a time when children—especially those in underserved communities—are at risk of losing up to two or three months of grade-level equivalency in math, reading and other academic skills.
Operating in partnership with NYC Men Teach, the cohort-based ExpandED Schools Pathways Fellowship program is designed to recruit, support, and train men of color interested in pursuing education or youth development careers.
Afterschool programs can contribute greatly to boosting academic performance, promoting physical activity, and providing kids with a safe and nurturing environment.