Attending school every day increases a child’s chances of success in school and in life. But as a parent, how can you help your child want to go to school?
In addition to targeting any issues that might be affecting your child, you can help increase your child’s chances of success by connecting them to a mentor and/or enrolling them in an afterschool program or summer learning program.
When kids work with mentors, they learn about the importance of attending school every day. With an additional support system in place, kids learn strategies to address their day-to-day challenges, improve their grades and develop more consistent attendance.
Inside and outside of school, mentors can have an invaluable and lasting impact on their mentees. Studies show that kids who have a mentor tend to have better relationships with their families, are more likely to make better relationship and lifestyle choices, and are less likely to use drugs or engage in violent behavior.
MENTOR can help you locate mentoring programs in your area that are the best fit for your child and your family.
Big Brothers Big Sisters helps to match children, ages 6 to 18, with professionally supported adult mentors in communities across the country. Children who participate in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs are 52% less likely to skip school.
Afterschool/Summer Learning Programs
When kids get involved in afterschool programs, they are more likely to feel connected to their school communities and are less likely to be absent. Afterschool programs ignite kids’ passion for learning, teach them new things, and offer them an opportunity to connect with other mentors, teachers and peers who care. Students who participate in quality afterschool programs improve their school attendance and have higher graduation rates.
Programs often provide healthy snacks and meals, encourage physical activity, and provide enriching opportunities in the arts, science and more. Check with your school to find out about the afterschool programs that are available in your district or explore the links below to find out more about afterschool programs nationwide.
The Afterschool Alliance has tips and suggestions on how to locate programs in your area or start a program of your own.
Statewide Afterschool Networks is a directory of state organizations and networks that can provide valuable information on afterschool and summer programs that focus on engaged learning and school-community partnerships.
The Connectory specializes in helping parents find enrichment courses for your budding inventor, engineer, scientist, computer whiz or mathematician.
Can’t find a program that fits your family’s schedule or your child’s interests? As a parent, you can also look for afterschool and summer learning programs and organizations within your community. To start, connect with local programs at the Boys and Girls Club of America, YMCA, Girls Inc., 4-H, and the National Summer Learning Association.