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1) Preventing Juvenile Delinquency, crime and violent victimization:

About 10% of juvenile crimes happen between 3 P.M. - 4 P.M. Children need 

to be kept safe and out of trouble at such times

2) Preventing alcohol, drug and tobacco use.

Risk-taking behavior that seeks to establish superiority in a clan is 

mostly seen in 'latchkey' children. Children in their pre-teens, if they 

have a meaningful relationship with a mentor, are less likely to indulge 

in these kinds of destructive behavior

3) Decreases appetite for Television:

An average child watches about 23 hours of TV per week. When enrolled for 

some activity, the child utilizes his mental and physical skills to meet 


4) Improving academic achievements

5) Improving school attendance:

More confidence in self and increased interest in school leads to greater 

attendance in school. A program that helps children with their homework 

also gives the child a much-needed feeling of self-achievement. 

6) Improved behavior and inter-personal skills

Children who attend after school activities handle conflict better and 

cooperate more with authority figures. 

7) Closer family and community ties.

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