When you mention youth programs, many will instantly think that only those involved in the program directly will benefit. The girls and boys who are able to participate in youth programs will benefit from the experience, but many fail to realize that others will benefit from the youth programs as well. Youth programs can also work to help benefit the families of those involved as well as the communities in which the youth programs are provided.
So how do these youth programs benefit children, families, and communities?
- Children involved in youth programs are more likely to make improvements in their schooling, with a recent study showing improvement in both math and reading grades among students involved in programs.
- Youth programs can help improve classroom behavior in children as well as increase attendance while decreasing dropout rates.
- Drug use and criminal activity among those involved in youth programs is known to decrease tremendously in comparison to those not involved.
- Youth programs are known to instill positive dietary and physical activity choices in children and teenagers.
- Youth programs also provide a safe and secure place for children while parents and guardians work their full day.
Youth programs mean that families are able to rest easy knowing their children are safe while they are working their full shifts. The amount of time parents must miss in order to pick children up from school can not only lead to a decrease in productivity in the work place, but loss of wages as well. The decrease in drug and criminal activity can help the community economically and socially.
My Brother’s Keeper is as strong as our support. Our youth programs are based on community need as well as the grants available to us at the time. As our staff continues to work towards helping the community, outside help by way of donations and volunteers are always welcome! Become a part of something great and help make MBK where hope finds a home.
To learn more about how to help, or to find out more about our services including youth programs, call MBK today at 410-644-3194.