An after-school activity
is any program which invites youth to participate outside of the traditional school day. Some programs are run by a primary
or secondary school
and some are run by externally funded non-profit organizations. These after-school youth programs can occur inside a school building or outside in the community, for instance at a Boys and Girls Club, community center, library, Scouts, Parks, etc. They also occur in the evening and weekends, too.
Some feel that programs run by schools allows students to take courses or compete in intramural sports they would not otherwise enroll in, for fear of failure.
Daily occurrences of violent crimes peak between 3 and 4 PM, directly after the end of the school day. After-school programs give children and youth a safe place from such dangers. Students in after-school also experience lower rates of drug use and teen pregnancy.