As we know, bullying among the youth has become a major issue in the United States over the last 10-15 years. Although technological advances have improved many aspects of our daily lives, it has also negatively impacted others (the number of bullying/cyberbullying-related cases, for example) as well.
Children (K-12) are generally in school for nine months out of a typical calendar year. Victims of bullying have the opportunity to reach out to friends, peers, teachers, and counselors (among others) on any given day at school.
But what about the summer months?
It’s important to point out that bullying never stops. We as a society tend to associate bullying with school, but that is not always the case. For years now, we’ve needed more resources that the youth can turn to in times of need when school is out of session.
Out-Of-School Time Programs are the latest and greatest solution to this problem. “Out-of-school time programs fill the gap for working parents and communities concerned about how and where youth spend their free time. Professionals and volunteers in this field cover a diverse range of activities and organizations.”
Take a look below to learn more about how Out-Of-School Programs are geared to make a difference, according to stopbullying.gov:
- They assist in extracurricular activities as coaches in sports and recreation; instructors of dance, art, and music; advisors for academic clubs; and leaders of faith and worship groups.
- They work part-time or full-time to teach new knowledge and skills in after-school and tutoring programs; computer labs; homework centers; apprenticeships; entrepreneurial and job training; and in experiences in camping, scouting, and service learning.
- Many are staff, volunteers, andyouth leaders with large national and community-based organizations (e.g., Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, 4-H Clubs and YMCAs, along with many others) who enhance every aspect of children’s lives—academics; social, artistic, and athletic skills; morality; and citizenship.
Since this is a fairly new idea, the research and data for Out-Of-School Time Programs results cannot be determined. However, it is clear that the adults who devote their time to helping the youth are seeing that their efforts make a difference in the lives of the children.
To learn more about the programs and all that they do, please visit stopbullying.gov and search for the Out-Of-School Time Programs link.
With your help, we can make a difference. Help end the fight against bullying. Join the conversation using the hashtag #StopBullying and #BeTheChange.