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ERIC Number: ED484351
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Afterschool Programs Strengthen Communities. Afterschool Alert. Issue Brief No. 18
Afterschool Alliance
Some say America's attention to community is in decline. As people work longer hours, endure longer commutes, and have less time to socialize and join community organizations, they are not getting to know their neighbors and communities. Schools exist in a vacuum, having little or no association with the surrounding neighborhood, and many neighborhoods lack safe places for youth to gather and socialize without parents being concerned about violence, drug use, abduction, traffic or other dangers. After school programs are uniquely suited to fill this void and become America's new neighborhood, a safe space for both kids and parents to gather to learn, play and connect. By giving schools, community based organizations and communities a sound investment in one another, after school programs have the power to reduce crime, increase safety, bring neighbors together, and foster community pride and ownership. Successful after school programs help young people become productive adults, get parents involved in their children's education, produce safer streets, address community needs, foster civic responsibility, strengthen community groups and rally residents around a common goal. In short, after school programs make communities safer and stronger. Successful afterschool programs help young people become productive adults, get parents involved in their children's education, produce safer streets, address community needs, foster civic responsibility, strengthen community groups and rally residents around a common goal. In short, afterschool programs make communities safer and stronger.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Afterschool Alliance, Washington, DC.