After school programs and sports can improve future opportunities for students

Participating in sports and other extracurricular activities can prepare students for their future careers. In addition, extracurriculars can help to boost a student’s academic performance and also encourage teens to be more responsible. 

Here are a few reasons why extracurricular activities can be beneficial for the future careers of students:

Sports and other extracurricular activities can improve the college careers of students

If your student excels in a particular sport, it can be easier to get into college, however it is a huge commitment for student-athletes to maintain their academics and sports training.

Students who may struggle in class but excel in sports could actually see improved grades. Most student-athletes must maintain a certain grade point average to participate in their favorite sports.

If your student-athlete is an at risk youth, their participation in sports can be particularly beneficial. Also, consider including your student-athlete in an after-school or mentoring program. These programs have been shown to give students a confidence boost, increase their likelihood of participating in sports and extracurricular activities and even increase the chance of them attending college. 

If your student is not on a collegiate track for a sport, being on a team can still help in their future success

Extracurricular activities can have important benefits for the future career prospects of students

Not only do extracurricular activities help prepare students for their college career, but they can also help improve their future performance on the job. Extracurricular activities can help enhance a wide range of skills that can be used in all future jobs your children will have. 

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 just about any career.

Along with teamwork, your student-athlete will also learn about healthy competition. It is incredibly unlikely that your student will win every single game they play, which will help them learn how to lose gracefully. 

After school programs and extracurricular activities can keep at-risk students out of trouble

If at risk youth find themselves getting into trouble or failing their classes, the impact on their future can be disastrous. Luckily, extracurricular activities can keep at risk youth out of trouble, improving their future. One reason for this is that it gives teens something to do after school, but programs also help students form new friendships that can improve their lives both within and outside of school.


Could your child benefit from participating in an after school program or a sport? At DREAM we continue to provide life-changing opportunities to at risk youth in Omaha, NE and Springfield, MO. Our proven approach gives these youth a safe and comfortable environment where they’re empowered to learn and grow as individuals.

Learn more about our programs and contact us today!