The Best Extracurricular Activities in Los Angeles: Presented by Afterschool.Me

Each week, we will be highlighting a dynamic afterschool opportunity here in Los Angeles. These opportunities may be one-time events, ongoing classes or free camps to the public. One week may be a description about a Miles Davis Jazz class, the next post may be an exclusive screening for kids under the stars at LACMA or even a hyperlink to a free clinic with the Harlem Globetrotters.

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“Take Ten”: 10 Achievable Goals For a Positive Afterschool Experience

No matter how busy their schedule, all children deserve a positive afterschool experience. Here are ten achievable goals for when the school bell rings:

  1. Have Fun
  2. Be Creative
  3. Be Inspired
  4. Be Safe
  5. Discover Opportunities
  6. Take Risks
  7. Develop Confidence
  8. Learn New Skills
  9. Exercise Outside
  10. Meet New Friends
As the demands of homework, commuting to extracurricular activities and attending social functions pack your children’s schedules, remember these goals and do your best to encourage them to “Take Ten.”

Back to (After)School! Tips for Parents of Generation Z

Back to school for Generation Z!  The school assigned your child’s teacher, the local newspaper published the bus schedule and your child awaits his or her first homework assignment.  While you may not be able to help your child at school, you can assist with enrolling your child in the best extracurricular program.

After you speak with your children to hear their extracurricular interests (click here for suggestions), we recommend you consider the following questions when choosing the “best” afterschool program for your children and your family.

Questions To Consider

Cost: What is the estimated budget for afterschool activities this year? The average family pays $2,400 per year per child! Enrollment fees may be minimal, but there are unforeseen costs related to each activity. For example, registration for a tackle football league may be low, but cleats, pads, and tournaments are added costs. Maybe there is a more affordable flag football league in the neighboring town?

Transportation: Does the afterschool program provide bus pickup from school or is there a carpool program with parents? Families often overlook challenges related to drop-off and pick-up.

Safety: Who are the staff at the afterschool program, are they CPR certified and what is the staff-student ratio? Do not hesitate to ask for a director’s resume or references from parents whose children are currently enrolled. Your child’s safety should be your number one priority and the number one priority for the extracurricular provider.

My Child: Does the afterschool program accommodate children that are talented and gifted, have allergies or diagnosed with a medical condition? Knowing that extracurricular programs have expertise with the unique characteristics of your child can provide you with assurance his or her extracurricular experience will be positive.

As parents of the next great generation, be smart, be deliberate and be informed. Your children’s afterschool activities are essential to their development. The more you learn about available extracurricular opportunities, the better afterschool experience your child will have.

Who, What, Why and When: 4 Questions To Ask Kids When Selecting An After-School Program

A plethora of dynamic after-school opportunities exist for the next generation of students. To help your child choose the best extracurricular activity, ask him or her the following questions:

1) Who do you want to see when the school day ends?

Students’ number one reason for participating in an extracurricular activity is simply to “Have Fun.” Their friendships with teammates, band mates and cast members will be the catalyst for their laughs, smiles and even tears of joy at league championships, curtain calls and demo days. Distinct from previous generations, students today have multiple groups of friends, so ask your children who they want to spend time with outside of school (Sorry, Mom and Dad!).*

* If you really want to “Poke the Box,” ask your children if they are interested making new friends and enroll them in a program without friends from class, the neighborhood or Sunday school.

2) What type of activity do you want?

Do your best to find out what specific athletics, arts or science program your child really wants.  Tackle Football or Flag-Football League? Screenwriting or Improv Classes? Web Design or HTML 5 Camp? Generation Z expects options at school, on their IPhone and in their NetFlix Queue – extracurricular activities should be no different.

3) Why do you want to enroll?

Learn what your child’s primary motivation is for participating in the extracurricular activity and his or her after-school experience will be more enjoyable, meaningful and effective. If your child wants to simply exercise and socialize, a group program may be more appropriate.  If your child wants to be the best, a private coach will help him or her master a sport, art or hobby.

4) When do you want to participate?

Just ask: weekdays, weekends, or once a month? Increased homework assignments, the selectivity of high schools and colleges and even demands for teenagers to earn income during the recession impose unparalleled pressure for Generation Z. Ask them what they would like their schedule to be for the upcoming few months, and remember: THEY ARE KIDS! A season off can bring students newfound energy, inspiration and focus.

By engaging students in the after-school selection process, parents empower their children with the ability to make decisions for themselves. If Generation Z can be more of a self-directed generation than Generation X or Generation Y, the students of today will have unlimited potential as pioneers in sports, entertainment and innovation. Any questions?


Our Vision

We are an educational startup that addresses the challenges confronting the next generation – Generation Z. Our vision is to help students connect with opportunities, achieve success and promote their accomplishments.

  • Connect: We connect students with opportunities in sports, entertainment and innovation.
  • Achieve: We provide a road map towards achievement that facilitates the success of students by: (1) improving skill sets; (2) fostering creativity, confidence and resilience; and (3) teaching how to set and achieve goals.
  • Promote: We offer a social media application for students to promote their accomplishments in an easy, effective and responsible manner.

If you are interested in discovering opportunities or want to learn more, visit us at www.aftershool.me.

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