Their success out of school can impact how well they perform in school.
Currently, 15.1 million children nationwide and 30 percent of children in Indiana are left unsupervised after 3 p.m., and do not participate in after school programs, according to Afterschool Alliance, a non-profit public awareness advocacy organization.
To help close the gap, the YMCA of Clay County will offer a quality after school program for children in Clay County at Forest Park (also serving East Side and Meridian), Jackson Township (Clay City shuttle bus) and Staunton elementary schools.
Combining play with academics, the Y's after school program will provide enrichment through arts, music, physical education, sports and nutrition.
As a leading non-profit committed to youth development, and a pioneer in after school programs, the Y believes guidance, encouragement and support along the learning continuum -- from early learning and preschool to high school graduation and college -- provide the best chance for our youth to succeed in school and life.
"When the school bell rings, learning does not have to end," YMCA of Clay County Executive Branch Director Nicole Fry said. "The opportunity to get additional learning and support and participate in meaningful activities can inspire the motivation and ability to succeed in school."
Studies show participation in after school programs helps boost school attendance and academic performance while reducing gaps in academic achievement among children from disadvantaged households.
In the YMCA of Clay County after school program, youth will receive homework help while also having the chance to explore arts, crafts, music and physical activity.
Financial assistance is available to those in need to ensure every child and teen has the opportunity to learn and grow through the program.
For more information about the YMCA of Clay County after school program, call Fry at 442-6761, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.