Youth programs can be very valuable in getting your child involved in the community, and provide opportunities for you as well.
Almost every community has some sort of youth program, be it an after-school program, a mentoring program, a service-learning program, or another type of organized engagement. These programs can be very valuable in getting your child involved in the community, and provide opportunities for you as well. By getting your kids involved in these programs, you can help create a better community for everyone in it.
- If you don’t know if your community has out-of-school programs, look in community recreation and education catalogs, school and congregational bulletins and Web sites, and brochures from local organizations such as the YMCA.
- Help your child find programs that interest them. Whether kids are interested in sports, auto mechanics, painting, stage acting, volunteering, or almost anything else, there is probably a program they will be excited to be a part of. If they seem expensive, ask about scholarships or reduced fees.
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- If your community doesn’t offer many youth program options, organize local youth to work with a school, congregation, organization, or local government to improve the situation. Get the input of kids throughout your community on what they’re interested in, and help them organize to petition for more program offerings.
- Colleges and universities often offer week- or month-long educational programs for young children. Enrolling your child in one of these programs is a fun way to foster summer learning.
- Summer camps can be effective in fostering your child’s relationships with other kids as well as adults. You can find camps that cater to almost any interest, run by a number of different organizations.
Youth programs are invaluable resources for both parents and kids. Find out today if your community offers these programs—and if not, start talking to other parents and take action to get some programs set up for the children in your community.
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