Research reveals the need for afterschool programs like JCPAL

Several studies are referenced through the JCPAL site (jcpal.org).  Here we note the source of the data:

Statistic 1 – “Kids are 5x more likely to commit crimes afterschool”

  • Kids are 5x more likely to commit crimes afterschool (from 3pm to 7pm on school days) than during the juvenile curfew period of 10pm to 6am (which is the 2nd most common time that juvenile crimes are committed).
  • This data is taken from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.   They state that “Juvenile violence peaks in the afterschool hours on school days and in the evenings on nonschool days… Consequently, efforts to reduce juvenile crime after school would appear to have greater potential to decrease a community’s violent crime rate than do juvenile curfews.
  • Reference OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/offenders/qa03301.asp?qaDate=2010. Released on May 22, 2014.

Statistic 2 – “20% of children spend time alone and unsupervised after school”

  • This statistic come from a 2014 report published by the Afterschool Alliance called, America After 3pm: Afterschool Programs in Demand
  • In their summary of key findings, they state that “…The number of children unsupervised in the hours after school, while on the decline, remains high. One in 5 children—11.3 million children—spend time alone and unsupervised during the after school hours”
  • They go on to say that, “Three percent of children in elementary school, or more than 800,000 students, and 19 percent of children in middle school, or 2.2 million students, are looking after themselves after school.”
  • Reference –  Afterschool Alliance. (2014). America After 3PM: Afterschool Programs in Demand. Washington, D.C.

Statistic 3 – “83% of parents say that afterschool program help them to keep their job”

  • Afterschool Alliance report shares findings of a survey that they conducted in 2014.  “The survey finds overwhelming agreement, especially among parents with children in an afterschool program, that afterschool programs help working parents. More than 8 in 10 parents (83 percent) of children in afterschool programs agree that afterschool programs help working parents keep their jobs.”
  • Same reference as statistic #2 above.

Statistic #4 – Some Jersey City public high schools have a graduation rate of only 60%

  • NJ.com published an article stating that “Snyder, Lincoln, Ferris and Dickinson High Schools’ graduation rates were 57, 60, 70 and 76.3 percent, respectively, despite gains over last year.”  This is sadly an increase over previous years.  While other high schools (private and charter schools) have higher rates, the public schools still have a lot of room for improvement.
  • Reference – Herzog, Laura. “Nearly Nearly 3 out of 4 Jersey City students now graduating, district says.” NJ.com. n.p. October 21, 2015. Web. Accessed August 16, 2016

Statistic #5 – 100% of JCPAL kids graduate high school

  • Source – Frank Williams, JCPAL director as of 2016. This is based on his observations in the last several years that he has directed JCPAL, though they had not previously tracked this data in their database.  They plan to keep a record of high school graduation rate going forward.
  • If JCPAL programs help students to focus, achieve their goals and aim higher, then JCPAL may be helping kids to be more likely to graduate high school.  We know the programs have helped at least a few go to college (especially for sports).