The out-of-school environment – after school and summer – plays a critical role in transforming kids’ lives. Our nation’s state of poor academic performance, obesity, drug use, and youth-related violence are cause for alarm and national action. Every day, 15 million kids leave school with no place to go, putting them at risk of being unsupervised, unguided and unsafe. What happens during the hours between school and home can have a dramatic impact on a child’s future. By providing access to positive and productive programs as well as caring adult mentors during out-of-school time, we can help reverse the most negative trends facing our youth.
As a leading advocate for youth, we are committed to ensuring that every child has access to a safe place after school and during the summer where they can build the knowledge, skills and behaviors to put them on the right path. We want to reach more kids in need and grow participation in our life-changing, outcome-driven, out-of-school time programs to transform the future for our kids, community and country.