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Clubs

Teens should be urged to join after school clubs and activities, community service clubs and school events.  Connect your teen with others who have enjoyed the camaraderie of clubs, who have met dear friends and who have even added dimension to their college application, which helps in the college application process. By talking with positive peer models who have been club members, even the shy or withdrawn teen can find some benefit in experimenting with one or two activities or clubs. School clubs and after school activities are important for the social growth and development of young children, but are especially important for the teen of today. What better way to stay connected, active and focused than to unwind with peers who enjoy fun and common interests? 

Teens share how they are excited to join clubs, not only for social reasons, but to teach them better time management. Instead of feeling overwhelmed and disorganized, teens that joined clubs tended to manage time better. Teens share ways to organize time to fit in after school clubs such as The  Drama Club or Student Government. New friendships are the reason they made clubs as priority. They become interested in new cultural experiences or learn new skills. Most clubs and sports activities require that the student keeps up his/her grades, follows school rules and policies and is responsible and independent enough not to lose focus on his or her studies.

By joining clubs that expand his or her horizons, it helps define interests and allows bonding experiences for the future. Students have increased interpersonal skills, which help build healthy self-esteem. By building a positive identity, students are less likely to seek negative bonding experiences that my cause serious trouble for him or her with school officials or police. Lasting and lifelong friendships made as a result of clubs and school activities allow for a healthy self-image to transition your teen into a young adult.

To join a club, your student will need to become a member of the YMCA, the following link contains the application: YMCA Packet.pdf, please return it to the front office.

 

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