When does afterschool work?

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The excerpt below is from Boston After School & Beyond Executive Director Chris Smith’s remarks at MAP Advocacy Day, April 16, 2014.

When does afterschool work?

When you give a vulnerable child a safe place to go when no one is home…

When you know that providing a safe place is a positive outcome itself, but you aren’t satisfied to stop there…

When you make taking risks safe and acceptable…

When failure is just a precursor to success…

When you give a second chance even though you aren’t sure it will pay off…

When a program feels like a family…

When you win the competition for a teenager’s time and boredom is not an option…

When you see teenagers teaching their friends’ younger brothers and sisters…

When young people find their voice…

When learning is hands-on and fun…

When you open eyes to interests not yet seen…

When intrinsic motivation meets concentration and effort pays off…

When a spark leads to a new interest and a young person takes initiative…

When that interest evolves into competence and then true mastery of a skill…

When that young person stands up in front of a crowd and presents her work…

When critical thinking, collaboration, and perseverance are not buzz words, but evident in all of the kids we serve…

When a college freshman draws on earlier experiences navigating new, unfamiliar environments…

When a young job applicant easily cites examples of leadership and teamwork from middle and high school…

When a safety net is so tightly woven that it is a trampoline…

When a good experience pays dividends over a lifetime…

When you provide for someone else’s child what you would insist on for your own child…

When the principal, mom, dad, grandmother or young person says, “What would I do without you?”…

Afterschool Works!

Learn more: http://www.massafterschool.org/AdvocacyDay.html

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