Most organizations focusing on youth development and after-school time focus their curricula around traditional core academic subjects or homework help. Franklin's Paine is able to capitalize on the unique attributes of skateboarding culture—creativity and individualism/leadership—to carve a powerful niche in the youth development field.
Franklin’s Paine education programs run year-round and teach students about:
- Skateboarding safety and culture, and a healthy lifestyle.
- Leadership skills and civic engagement.
- Skatepark and product design and eco-sustainability.
Why do we do it?
- Many kids spend between 20-25 hours a week alone and unsupervised after school.
- Kids who are unsupervised after school are far more likely to use alcohol, tobacco and drugs.
- Kids commit and are victims of crime in after school hours, with the peak hour between 3-4 p.m.
- Many kids are not active - 30% of kids between the ages of 6 and 19 are overweight (15% are obese) – and this can, in part, be attributed to the fact that they are alone in the afternoon to snack, watch TV, and play video games.
Simply put, after school programs work. Here a just a couple of the proven results:
- Students who participate in after-school programs show gains in school achievement, attendance and graduation rates.
- After school programs reduce the use of drugs, tobacco and alcohol among adolescents