Why Afterschool Matters: Expanded Learning Opportunities
Updated: Oct 13
In March, we saw firsthand the incredible impact of COVID-19 on our community, a crisis that pushed our teachers, students, and parents into a period of unprecedented challenges. Young people in our neighborhoods faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and despite extraordinary efforts, students - especially those in low-income and underserved populations - found themselves falling behind.
In the wake of remote learning, students lost "the equivalent of a full school year’s worth of academic gains" (New York Times). Teachers struggled with attendance and engagement, and communities went without important educational tools. As a new, uncertain school year unfolds, all of us at Mission, alongside our teachers and parents, are asking ourselves one question: how do we ensure that all young people receive the education and resources they need to succeed?
Our answer is afterschool programs, and the vital learning opportunities, enriching activities, and social and emotional support they provide our community. Afterschool programs expose students to inquiry-based and hands-on learning, bringing lessons to life outside of the classroom and increasing engagement. With extra homework assistance and peer support, students develop greater communication skills, confidence, and understanding - all of which improve class attendance, participation, and grades. In all of these ways and more, afterschool programs continue to be our most powerful tool in closing the education opportunity gap.
To support our vital afterschool programs, we hope you will consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Mission Society. With your help, we can continue our work alongside students, ensuring that they are always able to learn, grow, and thrive.
All of us at the Mission are determined to provide robust support to our communities through our afterschool programs. No matter the circumstances, we want to be certain that no one is left behind, and we are incredibly grateful to you for making our work possible.