With school now officially in full swing, there are plenty of extracurricular activities to host. Many parents look to keep their kids busy and active so there are a lot of opportunities to capitalize on the demand. There are many great things your organization can host, to better entice students to participate. Here are a few of the most popular:
Workshops and lessons can be great extracurricular activities for high school students. These can be tailored for beginners or high-level athletes. While the costs will depend on the level of the instructor, offering a variety of levels will engage more students to join.
Non-fitness related workshops can also be a great addition to your program offerings. A few interactive examples include cooking workshops, foraging excursions, nature tours, or even tie-dye workshops. A great method for starting one of these is to reach out to someone who has a strong following on Instagram with beautiful creations. They could always be looking for venues to host their workshops, which you can provide. It will be great for social media outreach, which we’ve covered before in a previous blog post.
Drop-in sports are great extracurricular activities for high school students, as the labor costs are low. You can offer many different drop-in programs, depending on your infrastructure. Drop-ins can get very busy, very quickly; make sure you have a great experience for the teens. Keep your pulse dialed in with the trendiest of activities. There are the classics - such as basketball and volleyball - but many trendy activities such as yoga, dancing, and spin classes can prove to be very popular.
Running a program that changes its activity every week could be another effective option for your community. Many people who have worked with teenagers can find that they get bored of things quite easily so changing it up and keeping it fresh for them could work out greatly in your favor. Have a well-designed program that engages the teens from week-to-week: California kickball, ping-pong, hiking, board games, and many more activities can be on rotation.
Gyms can be a popular destination for high school students. Whether they’re complimenting their sports training, staying active, or trying to add some muscle, workout rooms can be very popular. Look into the most prominent styles of working out so you can better outfit your gym with the necessary equipment. Some communities have a strong culture of free weights, whereas others have a bigger affinity for machine exercises. Research is key here.
Lastly, providing a great volunteering experience that gives value to both the volunteer and your organization can be of lasting value. It keeps the students busy doing something positive for their community and it alleviates the workload for your organization so you can do more. Not sure how to get volunteers? Check out our past blog post on how to turn your community into volunteers.