Aim Right Ministries
Helping Youth Find Direction in Life

After School / Recreation CenterRecreation Center

Our recreation center provides children and youth a safe and positive environment to which they can go instead of hanging out on the streets and getting into trouble. Recreational activities have been shown to aid in the prevention of substance abuse and gang involvement. The recreation center has video games, pool tables, foosball, a basketball court, and a sand volleyball court.

Critical Hours

Do you know what your child is doing when the school bell rings at the end of the day? More than 14 million students leave school every afternoon and have nowhere to go, since they do not have access to affordable, afterschool opportunities.

After-school hours are the peak time for juvenile crimes and risky behaviors, including alcohol and drug use. Children who do not spend any time in afterschool activities are 49 percent more likely to have used drugs and 37 percent more likely to become a teen parent. Kids are also at the highest risk of becoming a victim of violence after school, particularly between the hours of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. The highest amount of juvenile crime occurs between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., the hour after most children are dismissed from school.

Why are afterschool programs so important?

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Afterschool programs are uniquely poised to help young people see themselves as learners in an informal, hands-on learning environment. They can bring parents, schools and the community together. They can create the foundation for a positive peer culture that values learning skills and contributes to society.

 

 

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Afterschool programs can’t change students’ school experiences, but they can provide alternative environments that may be more in tune with young people’s interests, motivations and needs. Programs may provide opportunities for the kind of personal attention from adults that young people crave, a positive peer group, and activities that hold their interest and build their self-esteem. Adolescents are most likely to be in a state of intense, sustained engagement during certain activities—art, sports, games, hobbies, and other structured voluntary activities.

 

Recreation CenterIn his essay, “Seventeen Reasons Why Football is Better than High School,” Herb Childress points out the differences between activities that occur after school and those during a typical school day.

In activities (including but not limited to football) after school, students are usually viewed as important contributors rather than passive recipients. They choose their roles, help others who are less skilled, and are critical to the success of the project. They are honored for their accomplishments as well as expected to have strong feelings and relationships.

 

In many high quality afterschool activities, young people experience a group setting where every individual’s effort makes a difference, where they spend significant time (rather than a class period) focused on a specific skill, and where they receive a lot of individual attention from adults.


Aim Right Ministries

1013 North 13th Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85006
 602.462.1987
info@aimright.org

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