Children are easily influenced by the things they see and the people they are around. Parents are seen as the positive and influential role models in a child’s life. Parents teach their children the difference between right and wrong and the importance of a good education. Parents are also those who encourage children to partake in activities that will be beneficial to their futures. Participation in extracurricular activities are positive and productive ways to help diminish the likelihood of students dropping out of school, having health issues, or getting involved in activities they should not be a part of. Extracurricular activities can also be non-school based activities such as hobbies, volunteering, and attending clubs. Tom Cadwallader, Mary Wagner, and Nicole Garza obtain this information through the studies of others stating,
“Community-sponsored activities are popular with many youth; 49% have participated in religious youth groups, and 8% have taken part in scouting. Almost one in five youth have participated in a performing group, such as a band or choir, at school or in the community, and 11% have participated in other kinds of club or other hobby clubs). Few youth (5%) have participated in a disability-oriented group” (Participation in Extracurricular Activities).
Participation in these activities can be just as effective as school based activities.