I’m sure you’ve heard in recent news, that President Trump plans to cut the funding for afterschool programs. The president’s budget justifies this devastating cut by claiming that “the programs lacks [sic] strong evidence of meeting its objectives, such as improving student achievement.”
Here at Posi World, we are able to see change in the Ambassadors first hand. This program alone teaches social skills, which is very important in this technology driven society. The Ambassadors are more confident, thirsty to learn, and better able to handle peer pressure. They have a safe environment afterschool to complete their homework, receive a healthy snack, and participate in fun learning activities.
We’ve pulled the following facts from the Afterschool Alliance, outlining the benefits of supporting your local afterschool programs:
- Afterschool programs show returns on investment with reports from Minnesota, Vermont, Maryland, Oklahoma, and the national level showing that each dollar invested in afterschool saves up to $9 by increasing young people’s learning potential, improving student performance in school, and reducing crime and welfare costs.
- Helps parents keep their jobs by providing a free or low cost, safe environment for the kids to go afterschool. 8 in 10 parents say afterschool programs helps them keep their jobs.
- Regular participation in a afterschool programs helped narrow the achievement gap between high- and low-income students in math, improved academic and behavioral outcomes, and reduced school absences.
We encourage you to get involved however you can!! We all know someone that has needed an afterschool program.