Extracurricular Activity Aiding Positive Development

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Bettering Students’ Lives: Extracurricular Activity Aiding in Positive Development More than half of American teenagers that attend school participate in some sort of organized activity (Gardner, Roth & Brooks-Gunn, 2006). A structured organized activity may include athletic teams, school clubs and organizations like student council or drama club, youth groups, and more. Psychologists are becoming more and more interested in how adolescents are spending their leisure time and how it affects their development. There are studies that support either being involved, over involved, or not involved at all in extracurricular activities and how it can impact what becomes of adolescents as they grow based on their participation in these activities (Wilson, 2009). The positive effects that are linked to extracurricular involvement is not just limited to school related activities. Time spent at a job, youth group, or even a tight knit class share the same qualities of an extracurricular activity, and in turn, the same desired results. Participation in activities has been linked to social and academic success, yet there are both benefits and hindrances that pertains to the discussion of structured activity involvement. Benefits of involvement in structured activities “Extracurricular activities are seen as a way of offering academically gifted students a way of excelling within the school environment, a way for academically challenged students to achieve within the school setting,
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