Afterschool activities can vary widely depending on factors including age, background, and the community of participating youth. Research on afterschool programming finds that the most effective activities adapt to individual and small group needs. Furthermore, programming should be as engaging as possible, incorporating hands-on activities and connecting with students’ interests and experiences (Beckett et al., 2009). Empricuepe offers different types of afterschool activities including:
Academics and Enrichment
These types of activities are intended to build on and enhance student learning outside of class time. They can take the form of more traditional instruction, complete with assessments, or more interactive activities intended to actively engage youth. These activities should be well aligned with what students are learning during the school day.
Community Service Projects
Community service projects provide an enriching experience for youth that connect them to their community and instill feelings of empowerment. Furthermore, these activities can provide valuable work experience, for youth from all backgrounds.
Field Trips are an exciting way to enrich a child's life outside of the normal classroom environment. They can include trips to museums, parks, zoos, aquariums, or any other local attractions that youth might find engaging and interesting.
Physical Activity and Nutrition
Empricuepe Afterschool program is in a unique position to improve youth health outcomes, as we serve populations most at risk for adverse health outcomes and occur at a time of day when many youth are traditionally inactive (Afterschool Investments Project, 2006). Such activities can help youth make better nutritional decisions and promote physical activity while increasing self-confidence and emotional well-being.