Shared Experiences: Reason #1 Why Afterschool Activities Are Important

EXCERPT FROM BIG (1988)

MR. M: Piano lessons?

JOSH:  Three years.

MR. M: Me too. Everyday, after school….Chopsticks….What department did you say you were in?

JOSH: Oh, I’m in computers.

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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.

The World’s Best Science Fair for Generation Z: Google Science Fair 2012

Google is hosting a world-class science fair.  The competition is calling for the “brightest young scientists from around the world to submit interesting, creative projects that are relevant to the world today.” Prizes offered are a scientific trip to the Galapagos Islands, scholarships and real-life work opportunities in science centers around the globe. Sponsors include CERN, LEGO, National Geographic and Scientific American.

Learn more @ http://www.google.com/events/sciencefair/

Best of luck from Afterschool.me!

The Best Thanksgiving Event in Los Angeles for Families: Saying Thanks on the Westside

Join over a thousand members of the Los Angeles community on Thanksgiving Day and volunteer at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Volunteers will decorate for the festivities, serve food, write thank you cards and carve turkeys. In 2010, more than 1,200 volunteers served 2,500 meals. The event is free and welcome to everyone— families, students, singles, and seniors.

Details: “Westside Thanksgiving”

Cost: Free

Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main Street, Santa Monica, California

Date: Thanksgiving Day – Various Time Slots – 7am to 7pm

Website: http://www.westsidethanksgiving.org/thx2011/volunteer.html

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