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A National Problem
After school hours are a critical time for youth. That time can represent either an opportunity to learn and grow, through quality after school programs, or a time of risk to youth's health and safety. The after school hours are the peak time for juvenile crime and risky behaviors such as alcohol and drug use. Most experts agree that after school programs offer a healthy and positive alternative as well as an opportunity for fun, engaging and educational activities.
However, after that final bell rings, 24 percent of Omaha children are responsible for their own care. That’s over 18,000 kids. Many more children depend on neighbors, grandparents, siblings or parents to be home by the time they are done with school. Almost 50 percent of these children would likely attend an afterschool program if available or more accessible (Afterschool Alliance: Omaha After 3PM). Students who participate in afterschool programs tend to do better in school; are less likely to participate in activities such as smoking, drinking and sexual activities; and have better attendance, over all, then students not involved in after school programs. (Afterschool Alliance: After School Programs)
Nine in ten Omaha parents are satisfied with their child’s program. These programs keep kids safe, improve academic achievement and help relieve the stresses on today's working families. With more and more children growing up in homes with two working parents or a single working parent, today's families can benefit from the safe, structured learning opportunities that after school programs provide.
For more information, check out these reports:
- Omaha After 3PM
- Nebraska After 3PM
- America After 3PM
- Afterschool Programs: Making a Difference in America's Communities by Improving Academic Achievement, Keeping Kids Safe and Helping Working Families
The involvement of the Omaha Mayor’s Office
GOASA works as a liaison between the Mayor’s Office and Collective for Youth, an out-of-school time intermediary organization. Through this partnership, community members are provided, on a regular basis, with free professional development opportunities. In addition, GOASA and Collective for Youth have worked together on other projects; including working with the community to develop out-of-school program quality standards.
GOASA provides resources and information to parents, youth, and after school program providers. Up to date information on after school statistics, grant opportunities, and community events is provided both on the website and through the email list serve. Parents can find information on a variety of topics, including free tutoring and after school program details.
Please explore this site and join the email list to stay informed on the most current opportunities!