A Day in the Life of an After School Matters youth participant
Youth and teens arrive at After School Matters following a typical school day to find friendly staff members ready to welcome them with a smile and a healthy snack. There they can access homework help or fun activities that allow them to get active and participate in games with friends. The best part is, youth who participate in the program get to dictate what programs we offer! While we can’t satisfy every request, we do our best to make sure everyone leaves happy and energized.
For example, After School Matters doesn’t just support after school activities you’d expect like dodgeball or arts and crafts – this initiative also supports youth and teens by moving outside of their comfort zone with field trips, holiday events, off-site learning opportunities and more. After School Matters youth participants went to Safari Niagara, SkyZone, Howells and even ice skating!
Thanks to our community partners such as The RAFT, YMCA, and Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara, the youth that are involved with ASM get to experience what their community has to offer. They can make new friendships, share in healthy food and learn valuable life skills.