Poll: What is the best fall sports activity for kids in Los Angeles?

Afterschool.me showcases youth activities in sports, arts and technology. In honor of going back to school, we will be polling parents to find the most popular activities here in LA. This week we are asking parents what sports activities their kids are most excited for this Fall. To learn more about each program, visit our website at www.afterschool.me.

Update – 9/10/12! Congrats to the winners of each poll:

Sports: Soccer with Super Soccer Kids.

Arts: Cornerstone Music Conservatory.

Dance: Degas Dance Studio.

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Balance: Reason #3 Why Afterschool Activities Are Important

Jabari Parker is the best high school basketball player in the country. He also is an A student, attends bible study every morning before class, and spends quality time with his family. Not bad for a kid who scouts predict will be one of the top 5 players in the NBA. Learn more about how this 17 year old achieves balance by watching this video on Time.com.

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Brand Ambassador Internship for Startup in Sports, Arts + Tech: Apply Today!

Coach K Learned From Bobby Knight…We Promise No Chairs, Just Candy.

Afterschool.me Description:
Afterschool.me is revolutionizing how children participate in sports, arts and technology. When the school day ends, we want every family to use Afterschool.me so a kid’s dream can become reality. Currently, there are more than 60 million k-12 students in the USA but only 8.5 million participate in afterschool activities. Participation in extracurricular programs increases a student’s likelihood for success in the classroom, staying healthy, increased confidence and avoiding drugs, alcohol and teen pregnancy. If you want to be part of the Afterschool.me revolution to help inspire more kids to participate in afterschool activities and reduce the barriers to participation, keep reading…

Brand Ambassador (Strategic Marketing Internship):
Afterschool.me is searching for passionate, energetic and committed ambassadors. We are currently located in Los Angeles and will be expanding to cities across the country. We will select the most promising candidates at respective universities.

Ambassadors Responsibilities:
1) Crafting social media messaging for your area.
2) Market research on afterschool programs and free activities.
3) Speaking on behalf of Afterschool.me to the best afterschool programs in your community.
4) Creating and implementing a grassroots marketing strategy.
5) Have fun with our team during breaks as we play kickball, attend improv and other random goodness that relate to sports, arts and tech!

Ambassador Benefits:
1) College Credit Where Applicable.
2) Paid Stipend Based on Experience.
3) Exposure to Advisors from ESPN, HBO + Mashable.

Commitment:
15-40 hours per week depending on availability, and the dates are flexible (ideally June – September).

Location:

Los Angeles Headquarters or Remotely (but only if you have the internet, which was invented by Al Gore).

Visit Us/Application Process:
Applicants can apply by submitting a resume and one paragraph cover letter to teammates@afterschool.me. The cover letter should briefly explain your interest in afterschool activities and why it is important every kid has an opportunity to participate in sports, arts and technology.

For more information about Afterschool.me, visit us at www.afterschool.me or read about us in Mashable!

The Rising Costs of Sports for Generation Z

In a recent TIME article, Doug Glanville of ESPN (and former MLB player) explained the epidemic confronting parents when paying for their children’s athletic activities. Relying on Mark Hyman’s research in “The Most Expensive Game in Town,” Glanville highlights the dilemmas faced by moms and dads, the misconceptions of families that a child may become a professional athlete and the outlandish costs for premier instruction.  A parent, for example, may spend $55,000 a year at IMG Golf Academy or $700 an hour for a private quarterback coach.  While reading the article, a parent cannot help but wish there was a resource to discover more affordable opportunities for the next generation…

Soon, there will be: Afterschool.me

The Extracurricular Crisis and The Future of Afterschool Programs in the USA

The  “Entertainment and Sports Lawyer” recently published an article on the future of afterschool activities that was written by Evan Fieldman, our CEO and Co-Founder. The article, A Temporary Band-Aid: Pay-to-Play Fees and The Extracurricular Crisis, analyzes the implications of charging students fees to participate in sports and arts programs at public schools. Highlights include:

  • School districts in 33 states charge students pay-to-play fees.
  • Pay-to-play fees for a single student may be more than $700 per activity in one season.
  • States across the country are eliminating public funding for school sponsored extracurricular activities.

You can read the article here: ABA – Entertainment and Sports Lawyer.

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