Brooklyn Park, MN (June 1, 2011) – – The Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth, a newly formed group from the areas of Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center, will be sponsoring a community summit on the importance of after school learning in the fall of 2011.
The purpose of the summit is to strategically bring partners and potential champions to learn about emerging research, innovative practices and available resources to support quality out of school learning. The summit will identify needs and attendees will be encouraged to commit to future action.
Research shows that young people who have access to quality after school activities gain a wide variety of positive outcomes, from academic achievement to better health. Participation in varied structured out of school time activities has been shown to have the greatest impact on those who are most at risk.
In 2008, a survey of more than 2,000 teens showed 75 percent did not participate in any community programs. Since then, both cities have been working to decrease that statistic and get more young people engaged in after school programs.
After school programs supplement the school day by offering much needed activities like college and career counseling, character education and activities that are decreasingly available in schools, such as art, physical education, music, and civics.
They also provide a unique opportunity to participate in less traditional learning experiences, such as hands-on learning, group projects, and service learning.
The new Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth is an intergovernmental group consisting of Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center city officials, school superintendents, Hennepin County officials and leaders from higher educational institutions within the Brooklyn areas. For more information contact: Jan Ficken, Recreation Programs Manager at 763-493-8340 or [email protected]