Joining clubs and volunteering are a great way to:
• Make new friends
You'll meet people who have similar interests to yours. You may also meet people from different backgrounds who you may not have the opportunity to interact with before.
• Build respect and learn teamwork
Teamwork and respect are two important life-skills that can carry you through life. By joining clubs or teams, you'll learn to work together towards a common goal, learn respect for coaches, leaders, yourself, and one another.
• Gain self-confidence
Completing a special project, playing a difficult piece of music, or being a valuable member of a team can help you gain self-esteem. Perhaps you're not as academically talented as some other students at school; by participating in a club or other activity, you have the opportunity to excel in something you enjoy and are good at.
• Relieve stress
Many clubs and activities take place in a relaxed environment, so you have a chance to unwind and do things you like after a busy day at school.
• Learn real-world skills
Many extracurricular activities provide a chance to learn real-world skills. Joining the school yearbook gives you experience at graphic design, photography, and meeting timelines; the Student Council teaches management and good citizenship skills; the Interact Club helps develop teamwork and community involvement.
• Develop time management skills
Juggling school, homework, and family life can be challenging. Joining clubs and other activities helps you learn the importance of planning and prioritizing.
• Avoid risky behaviors
Studies show that students who participate in after-school activities have greater expectations for the future and were more interested in school than their peers. Having a greater sense of purpose and more self-esteem gives you a reason to say "no" to risky behaviors. Students who participate in after-school or community activities are more likely to succeed at school.