After the Bell: Youth Activity Engagement in Relation to Income and Metropolitan Status

May 16, 2017 | by
  • Description

Research on narrowing the academic achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth tends to focus on the inputs provided by schools. Little attention, however, is paid to extracurricular activities, both structured and unstructured, even though extracurricular participation and employment can have positive impacts similar to in-school experiences. Such activities keep adolescents engaged during high-risk hours, and consistent participation is linked to improved academic achievement and prosocial behaviors. Extracurricular activities are also influential in the college admissions process as well as in healthy development and academic success.