Chrysalis After-School, the Chrysalis Foundation’s Investment in Central Iowa’s Future
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- Published Sunday, December 15, 2019
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School-age kids spend 80% of their waking hours outside of school, according to Afterschool Alliance, a national think tank that provides research, advocacy, and support for quality afterschool programs across the country. In addition, 83% of parents surveyed reported they would send their children to afterschool programs if they were available.
Research spanning multiple states shows that for every $1 invested in afterschool programs, between $3 and $4 dollars are saved – by improved school performance, increased earning potential, and reduced crime and juvenile delinquency. It’s a rough estimate using reduced crime, child care, and welfare expenses and increased income post-graduation, but it tells a story that this is a worthy investment.
Funding for afterschool programs across the country comes from families required to pay tuition and fees. So in many communities, access to enriching afterschool activities is highly dependent on income, leaving lower-income students substantially behind their peers in academic achievement.
Chrysalis After-School programs have always been provided at no cost to participants. In fact, high school (GirlPower) mentors are paid a stipend to participate – attending trainings and leading school groups – creating for many, a first real “job” experience.
From both a funding perspective, and from a prevention focus, Chrysalis After-School is the best investment Chrysalis can make to assure a girl has every opportunity she needs to be healthy, happy, successful, and confident in her lifetime.