In his 2013 State of the State address, Governor Mark Dayton asked businesses to take an active role in the education of the Minnesota's youth by adopting an after school program.
Students spend 80 percent of their time outside of the classroom, and research indicates that the highest incidences of juvenile delinquency and teenage pregnancy occur during the weekday hours after school. Therefore, it is critical that we ensure that students have access to high-quality after school programming.
Furthermore, investing in quality after school programs will extend the learning day and provide opportunities for students to be challenged while they pursue their interests.
Adopting an after school program can come in many different forms - it might involve a financial contribution, the development of a new program focused around your businesses’ vocation, the donation of new or used equipment, or signing-up employees to serve as part-time volunteers. Each partnership will look different, but each will play a critical role in nurturing students and ensure that programs can continue operating.
If you're still asking whether you should adopt an afterschool program, whether it makes sense for your business? The real question is, why not?
The following resources can help you get started. But the best way to form a meaningful partnership is to reach out to a local school district - or if you're an afterschool program, reach out to a local business – each partnership begins with hello. From there the rest is up to you.