My Great Cause

Get Hooked On After-School Programs

Many after-school programs in America are providing important services to children who need them most.  These after-school programs are giving kids role models, enrichment, and safety that these children desperately need and may not get elsewhere.

America needs after-school programs because many communities have a lot of underprivileged children that face challenges. Their families have less access to resources, which means that they cannot afford to send their children to expensive tutors and activities after school. Both parents often work and they cannot afford a babysitter, so children often are stuck at home by themselves in the after-school hours. No one is there to help with schoolwork or to provide encouragement.  These low-income communities often have high rates of crime and violence, so children who have no place to go after school might be unsafe or might get involved in crimes or other troublesome behavior.

After-school programs help fix these problems by giving underprivileged children a safe place to go and worthwhile activities to participate in. The programs provide helpful things to the children including help with schoolwork, role models, encouragement, and interesting and fun activities. They have been proven to help more children graduate from high school and go to college and to help decrease school absences and high school dropouts. They have also given children many skills they need for life. After-school programs play an important role in the lives of the children who go to them. The Boys and Girls Club of Mount Vernon alone has help many kids succeed. Some of its children went to the NBA and Denzel Washington (a famous actor) also went there.


73% of low-income members ages 12 to 17 who attend the Club regularly say they earn mostly As and Bs, compared with 69% of low-income youth nationally

How To Help

The after-school programs charge families very little and sometimes no money to participate. Most of them rely on donations, volunteers and other funding. Many people give a lot of their time and money to after-school programs. They help underprivileged children feel encouragement, safety, and happiness that everyone should feel throughout their lives. If you would like to donate, or help out a the after-school programs in Mount Vernon, they are really appreciative. You can donate supplies that they need, your time and anything else.

 

Here are the websites to go to if you would like to volunteer:

http://www.wjcs.com/wjcs-after-school-academy/

http://www.bgcmvny.org/index.html

Why Strong After-School Programs Matter In Low Income Areas

Hi Guys,

There are many reasons that low income communities are helped by after-school programs. After-school programs help prevent latch key children, unsupervised children, juvenile crime, and excessive screen usage. After-school programs give kids homework help and life skills that they may not get at home.  The younger children get help with homework and get to do a fun activity. At most clubs teens do those things too but they also learn about life skills (like dealing with money and staying out of crime). For example at the Boys and Girls Club of Mount Vernon the teen have their own room. They are able to help the younger kids with their homework, do their own, learn life lessons, and just talk with their friends. The younger kids do their homework and then get to go through many wonderful activities. The club is a great place for all kids just like all other after-school programs. Kids enjoy it as well,they get an encouraging environment and have even said that  they don’t want to go home which is good and bad at the same time. It is good because they are having a good time, but it is bad because things might not be good at home.

Bye guys I will be blogging about this more. I hope you find it as interesting as I do!

Here are a few websites and videos that I really liked that I thought you might like too.

http://www.wjcs.com/children-youth-families/wjcs-after-school-academy/

http://www.bgcmvny.org/after-school-program.html

http://performancepyramid.miamioh.edu/node/1291

https://www.youtube.com/user/bgcastaff

http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/National_fact_sheet_04_03_13.pdf

https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/valerie-strauss/?utm_term=.4ec34ed3b673

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/valerie-strauss/?utm_term=.4ec34ed3b673

My New Interest

Hi guys,

I have recently been looking into a problem that we are having in America, especially in cities. It is what kids do after-school. I am looking at what programs are available and why this is needed in a town near by, Mount Vernon, Ny.

The town of Mount Vernon is very mixed. Upper Mount Vernon is very well off while Lower Mount Vernon has a lot of crime and poverty. I am looking at Lower Mount Vernon. I am learning about the lack of resources and why after-school programs are so important there. I will be blogging about this more in the future.

-Make sure to comment any questions. Be back soon. Peace out 🙂

P.S.  Remember my article about gaga.  Well someone from that meeting put in a gaga pit in one of these after-school clubs!

Introduction to Gaga

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This year I will be doing a lot of community service work. I will be helping at an after school program which will also be my capstone and helping my teacher Mr. Braise money for his charity 33birds.  I will be helping Mr. B raise money by helping other kids make tye dyes, Helping with a tag sale, making cards and other things as well. Almost all of the money we make will be going toward building two gaga pits in underprivileged communities.

 

I recently went to a meeting where someone named Danny discussed what we can do to help his idea take form. His idea of building the gaga pits had many issues that were talked about during the meeting. We also talked about Danny’s plan. Danny said we were going split up into working then pick a location. Once it was built we wouldn’t just leave it we would organize tournaments and dates to check if anything needed to be replaced.

As I said before our class is hoping to build two pits at two different locations. I think that what we are doing is very important because gaga is a game that helps bring people together. People of all ages and all abilities. Danny also choose gaga use he wants to bring kids from different communities together to play, and gaga doesn’t take so long so if you are in a rush you can still play one game. Gaga is such a great game for so many different reasons. That is why i am so excited to help kids have the chance to play.

 

I will be blogging soon. Bye.

-Hannah

 

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