How getting involved can improve future career opportunities

Extracurricular activities offer young students a variety of benefits. Whether it’s sports teams and other extracurriculars, these activities will help prepare students for endeavors and opportunities later on in life. It’s proven that extracurricular activities help boost academic performance, and encourage teens to be more responsible. 


All students should strive to find at least one way in which they can get involved in their school or community. Learn why extracurricular activities can be beneficial for the future careers of students:


How extracurricular activities can help students get into college


Participating in sports and other extracurricular activities can make it easier for students to get accepted into college. While this is especially true for students who excel in a certain sport, it can be helpful for any student. Often, colleges will look deeper into a prospective student’s portfolio, and look into what that student was involved with in addition to classes. 


Participating in sports and other extracurricular activities can also improve student grades. Many sports teams, clubs and other programs often require that a student maintains a certain grade point average. In addition, studies have shown that participating in extracurricular activities can have a beneficial impact on academic performance, especially for at-risk youth.


How extracurricular activities can improve life skills


Not only do extracurricular activities help students prepare for their college acceptance, but they can also help improve student’s future performance in the business sector. Extracurricular activities will help teach and enhance a wide range of skills, which can be beneficial in many lines of work. For instance, participating in sports will give students the experience of working with other members of a team, which can make it easier for students to develop strong teamwork skills that can be useful for any career. 


These activities also allow students to network with others with similar interests. Students will make lifelong friendships, as well as meet new people who may be of benefit to them later on in life. As cliche as it sounds, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” 


How extracurricular activities will help keep students out of trouble


Being involved in something other than school will help keep students busy with their time while keeping them focused on goals. If at-risk students find themselves in trouble with the law or failing their classes, the impact on their future can be disastrous. Luckily, extracurricular activities can help students stay out of trouble, which benefits them both now and in the future. These activities give teenagers and younger children something to do after school and it gives them something else to do other than schoolwork. 


Students who are involved in extracurricular activities are also less likely to drop out of school. Rather than possibly going home right after school and being unsupervised for some time, students are able to participate in an organized program and ultimately keep them focused on school. 


No matter the activity, getting involved in some type of extracurricular is very beneficial to all students. Not only do these look great on a resume, but it will also lead to success both in the present and down the road. 


DREAM offers youth programs to help students learn and practice skills that will benefit them down the road. Visit our website today to learn more about all of our programs!