After School Activities and Relationship Building

After School Activities

After school activities are a hot topic. We all understand the need to develop new skills, gain more knowledge and keep the children safe when parents are working.

The most critical factor in the success of any program is the relationship between the children participating in the activity and the supervising adults who work with these children. Often, kids may confide in a supervising adult member who is not a teacher. This kind of emotional interaction is very important when kids are struggling to make sense of their emotions and feelings.

Children often look up to these adults and are inspired by their knowledge and experience.  Young people can learn a lot from these adults and older youth who serve as teachers or mentors in these activities. These mentors are different from the teachers in the school and children are more likely to draw inspiration from them and become motivated.

After school programs that are managed effectively 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 an important learning experience in itself.