Extra! Extra! Learning After School

Science Club, Math Honor Society, Football, Theater...there are a number of way students can learn outside of the textbook. In fact, colleges and even employers are looking more at the skills students in their after-school activities. 

According to this CourseHero infographic, high school students who are involved in clubs or organizations have better attendance, better GPAs, score better on standardized tests and are more likely to finish their Bachelors. 

The skills that employers look for that extracurriculars help gain are: 

  • Working well with others and leading others in projects
  • Knowing how to make important project decisions
  • General knowledge of how businesses work 

What can be missing from activities are philanthropic efforts - namely, deep involvement in improving the community. We've covered that issue here: Beyond Voluntourism.

So how do you or your students get involved? Check out your school's website on ACPS to find out about extracurricular activities in the Quick Links section. 

Do you have a nonprofit or know of one that helps Alexandria’s at-risk kids with learning, health and well-being, and preparing for a better future? Then apply to our Caring for Kids Grant Challenge by July 1st! 


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