MyCom Summer Programs Are Focused on
Community Safety and Youth Enrichment.
It's a fact that, during the school year, juvenile crime and dangerous behavior spike between 3pm and 6pm. During the summer, however, bad behavior tends to spread out to fill the time available. Kids with time on their hands and without supervision can easily gravitate toward activities that get them into trouble.
A 2006 study in California found that kids left unsupervised three or more days per week are twice as likely as other kids to hang out with gang members, three times as likely to be engaged in criminal behavior and three times as likely to smoke marijuana.
That's why MyCom Communities are committed to providing a wide range of summer programs for our youth. They help make our communities safer for everyone, and they provide our youth with opportunities for enrichment and personal growth. A recent analysis of after school programs concluded that students participating in high quality programs behaved better, received better grades and did better on tests.
It's true summer programs don't take place late at night, when kids are often out after curfew. But, if they've spent their day involved in meaningful and healthy activities, then when decisions need to be made whether or not to take part in bad behavior, kids are better prepared to make the right decisions.
What's more, summer programs are not just about filling time. They are also focused on filling a key need of our youth: their self-esteem and self-confidence. Because, when a young person is confident in his or her own decisions they are less likely to make bad ones.