Maybe you want to enhance learning, safety and health for youth; maybe you want to start a sports program; or maybe you need funding for classroom projects and field trips.
Benefits of Extracurricular Activities
Under the Youth/Out-of-school Youth category, you will find grants and awards suitable for you. According to More4kids, extracurricular activities benefit high school students in the following ways:
- Learning Time Management and Prioritizing
- Getting Involved in Diverse Interests
- Learning About Long Term Commitments
- Making a Contribution
- Raises Self Esteem
- Building Solid Relationship Skills
- Looks Great on College Applications
In a 2005 study, it was found that participation in extracurricular activities was related to better academic, psychological, and behavioral adjustment among high-schoolers. In another 2008 study, it was found that participation in organized activities was associated with higher grades. In addition, the value of the school or perception of the school’s importance for the future was enhanced. Also, self-esteem and resiliency were improved upon; and engagement in risky behaviors became less frequent.
Here is a special read for professionals who administer extracurricular activities for youth and develop youth policy: Organized Activities As Contexts of Development: Extracurricular Activities, After School and Community Programs by Joseph L. Mahoney, Reed W. Larson, and Jacquelynne S. Eccles. It discusses how organized youth activities help develop a sense of emotional, social, and civic responsibilities. The book explains how it allows young people to develop skills in competencies that are overlooked by schools.
If you’re a small business or individual interested in getting funding for extracurricular activities for high schoolers or out-of-school youth, check out the following MWBEzone categories:
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