The business community is a valuable resource to out of school time programs. Are you a business considering a partnership with an after school program? Below are some ideas to consider:
- Volunteer to assist with homework
- Host field experiences for students at place of business
- Donate In Kind goods and/or cash to support operational costs
For businesses interested in promoting STEM Learning, here is a report from the field how Cross Sector collaboration can advance STEM Learning.
Educated Work Force
Employers recognize and understand the various skills, attitudes and knowledge future employees need. Social and emotional skills are skills employers look for in a strong candidate/employee. Afterschool programs have a role to play in supporting the development of these skills for all youth. American Institute on Research recently published How Afterschool Programs Can Support Employability Through Social Emotional Learning. For those business already volunteering within an afterschool program, consider using this tool to guide conversations.
Out of school time programs have a tangible impact on the workforce by assisting in the preparation of students for future employment and achieving the profile of a SC Graduate.
Businesses and out of school time programs often have a mutually beneficial relationship. Programs have a great need for volunteers, grants, and sponsors while businesses need a better prepared work force. It’s a win win!