“The school bell has just rung, signaling the end of the day. Two children walk out the front doors of the school. One begins his walk home – alone – to a dark, empty house, and spends several hours on his own before someone gets home from work. The other child heads to an afterschool program, where counselors greet him, ask about his day, give him a snack, check his homework, and provide engaging activities to do with friends.

Out of these two children, which one would you say has a lower risk of getting involved in unhealthy behaviors, like substance abuse? If you said the child in the afterschool program, you would be right.”

Excerpt from New Funding, New Hope For Afterschool by Alaska Childrens Trust

Afterschool is a key strategy in preventing substance abuse in our communities in a wide variety of ways. Beyond the basic supervision of youth between the hours of 3:00PM and 6:00PM – the peak hours for juvenile crime and violence – Afterschool programs also help develop healthy relationships, allow students to find productive uses of their time, and help them develop resistance strategies and protective factors that help them find alternatives to substance use and abuse.


Protective and Promotive Factors Relevant to Afterschool Programs – credit to Child Trends


LEARN MORE

The View From Ground Zero – Afterschool Alliance Afterschool Snack Blog

The Case for Opioid prevention and education efforts to safe America’s youth – National Afterschool Association

Protective Factors for Youth Substance Abuse and Delinquency: The Role of Afterschool – Research Brief

New Funding, New Hope For Afterschool Programs – Alaska Childrens Trust

Building Protective Factors and Promotive Factors in Afterschool – a Child Trends Article

Educational Toolkits from Generation Rx

Opioid Alliance Website – Don’t Live in Denial, OH