The Effect of Extracurricular Activities on Youth Development

The focus of this literature review is on how youth development is affected by participation in extracurricular activities using specific assets established by the Search Institute. Following a look at the Search Institute’s history, the paper will focus on three specific assets (bonding to school, positive peer influence, and other adult relationships), and how they are developed through involvement in extracurricular activities. The paper will then look at how participation relates to various Adlerian concepts. Finally, the author will describe the implications for school counselors which include a proposal for a mentorship program for coaches.

Rosinta Stromquist
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