After school activities and relationship building


After school activities are the rage of the day. With about $500 million

invested in these programs and more than 10 million children attending 

them in America alone, the popularity of these activities cannot be 

overlooked. Everyone understands the need to develop new skills, gain more 

knowledge and keep the children safe when parents are working. 


The most important factor in the success of any program is the 

relationship between the children participating in the program and the 

adult members who work with these children. Often, children may confide in 

an adult member who is not a teacher. This kind of emotional interaction 

is a must when children are struggling to make sense of the whirlpool of 

emotions that assail them.


Direct contact with professionals can be an inspiring experience. Children 

are very much impressed by the knowledge and experience of these adults. 

Young people gain a lot of knowledge and experience when they deal with 

experienced adults and older youth who serve as teachers or mentors in 

these programs. These mentors are different from the teachers in the 

school and children are more likely to draw inspiration from them.


After school activities that are managed professionally by people who are 

successful in their own fields of expertise will produce children who are 

more enthusiastic and successful. Meaningful interaction with adults is a 

learning experience in itself.