Local parks and recreation provide vital youth services year-round, but they are particularly essential when school is not in session. U.S. adults say having opportunities to play sports and other physical activities, job train or develop a skill, and being able to access nutritious meals are among the most beneficial offerings for youth outside school hours.

Key Findings:

Most beneficial youth offerings include:

  • Sports and other physical activities
  • Job training or skill development
  • Access to nutritious meals
  • Volunteering/community service projects
  • Outdoor learning or environmental education


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