Hanover County after-school program yields promising outcomes for at-risk youths

Hanover County, Virginia, is an affluent region with a wide variety of academic, recreational, and social opportunities for young people. But even in this area, some youths fall between the cracks due to a lack of transportation, low income, unstable housing, language barriers, or inadequate adult supervision at home.

The Maker program results in better grades and better behavior for kids who participate in it.

The Maker program results in better grades and better behavior for kids who participate in it.

In collaboration with the Henrico Community Services Board, Hanover County 4-H has developed an after-school program for at-risk children ages 7 through 12 to receive academic support, character development opportunities, and daily physical activity in a supervised environment.

Participants are exposed to a variety of engaging activities and opportunities to develop life skills they would be unlikely to experience otherwise. The program provides daily programming, and 4-H plays a large role through activity development and planning. Programs such as 4-H maker activities, 4-H camp, and a visit to Virginia State University have proven to be student favorites.

 

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