Our Focus / After-School
In the United States, over 1 million boys and girls under the age of 13 are without supervision during the after-school
hours. With hours of free time before guardians can return from work, these youth are extremely vulnerable to negative activities that are
detrimental to their potential and growth.
- More than 15 million school-age children (26%) are on their own after school. Among them, more than 1 million are in grades K-5.1
- In 2014, approximately 19.4 million children (41 percent) not currently in an afterschool program would be enrolled in a program if one were
available to them, according to their parents.1
- The hours after school, between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., offer opportunities for juvenile crime, sexual activity, and other risky behaviors such as
drug and alcohol use.2
Soft Lacrosse™ uses elements from all types of programming options to bring a positive and safe environment to youth
during the after-school hours.
- How are kids spending their time afterschool? (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/AA3PM/
- Little, P. M., Wimer, C., & Weiss, H. B. (2008). After School Programs in the 21st Century: Their Potential and What
it Takes to Achieve It. Harvard Family Research Project, 10.