Rural Youth Face More Economic Hardship, Have Fewer Enrichment Opportunities

Print More
Bilingual instructor Marybel Torres

Elaine Korry

In the school cafeteria, bilingual instructor Marybel Torres makes sure her students start their after-school program with a nutritious snack.

After-school activities fill a gap in remote communities, but administrators struggle to fund youth-development programs.

One trend is clear: Students in rural areas, who have less access to enrichment activities to begin with, also are less likely to participate in a quality after-school program than their urban or suburban peers.

“Definitely there’s an imbalance,” said Erik Peterson, vice president of policy at the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. “There’s a need for more funding for rural programs . . .

Hey! Thanks for being a part of the Youth Today community. Can’t see the content you wish to view? Click here to become a subscriber and get access to all our subscriber only content, including our grant opportunities column.