In the month of May, Kansas eliminated its state agency for the arts and the Texas House of Representatives approved a $4 billion reduction in educational funding that includes music and gym classes. What does this mean for the future of extracurricular activities? Below is a quick snapshot of seven staggering statistics facing Generation Z:
1. Parents of 18.5 million students (K-12) who are not currently participating in after-school programs say they would enroll their children if a program were available to them.
2. 25% of students (more than 15 million students) are responsible for taking care of themselves when the school day ends.
3. Only 15% of students participate in after-school programs.
4. After-school hours are the peak time for juvenile crime and experimentation with drugs and alcohol.
5. Teens who are unsupervised during after-school hours are 37% more likely to become teen parents.
6. Fewer than 1 in 3 teens get an adequate amount of regular physical activity.
7. Within the past three decades, the number of overweight children between the ages of 6 and 12 has doubled.