Goal: Provide Quality Out-of-school Time Programming

For youth, school progress and achievement often reflects how their time outside of school is structured. Programming that engages youth in learning keeps them on track for success. But high-quality, effective programs that provide enriched learning opportunities are often costly, making them unattainable for low-income families.

Community Issues

Studies show that out-of-school time directly affects youth behavior and academic success. By keeping youth occupied with activities to stimulate their minds, they are engaged and focused while improving social skills and grades.

  • Every Minnesota youth has an average of 2,000 hours of discretionary non-school time in a given year. This is roughly equivalent to a full-time job.1
  • Early education and participation in afterschool programs can reduce initiating drug use among youth by nearly 46 percent while reducing the likelihood of them skipping school by half.2
  • Every $1 invested in out-of-school-time programs results in a $10.51 return with the benefits of improved school performance, reduced crime and welfare costs, and increased wages.3

United Way Response          United Way Results


  1. Commission on Out of School Time. (2005) Journeys into Community: Transforming Youth Opportunities for Learning and Development, Minneapolis, MN: Center for 4-H Youth Development.
  2. Cunha, Flavio and Heckman, J. J. (2006) Investing in Our Young People. University of Chicago.
  3. A Matter of Money: The Cost and Financing of Youth Development by Robert P. Newman, Stephanie M. Smith, and Richard Murphy. Center for Youth Development and Policy Research, 2001.