Why Extracurricular Activities

Five diverse women role models smile at girls from the Importance of Extracurricular Activities video discussion
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What’s the best way to build skills for college and a career and have fun at the same time? Find out from the role models in this video how participating in extracurriculars like sports and music can do all that.

Why are colleges and employers so impressed with students who participate in extracurricular activities? Participating in activities outside of the regular school day, such as sports, debate club, and volunteer work, can help you develop important teamwork skills. These activities can also help you build confidence and learn how to stick with something, even when it means working through challenges. The role models in this video can tell you even more about the value of extracurricular activities, especially when you're thinking about college and a career.

Use the resources below to explore how extracurriculars can help you!


Fun Page Activity

Fun Page Activity: What extracurriculars might be just right for you? Use this graphic organizer to take a look at activities you can try.

Discussion Guide

Independent Learning Discussion Guide: From giving back to your school to discovering talents you didn’t know you had, there are so many benefits to extracurriculars. This guide helps you think about your own reasons for participating in these activities. This all-purpose guide can also be used by educators, parents, and mentors to engage students in a discussion about extracurriculars that are available to them, and to learn more from one another about those activities.

Classroom Lesson Plan

Classroom Lesson Plan: This step-by-step lesson plan is available to guide a more in-depth “before, during, and after” learning experience when viewing the video with students. This lesson plan is also suitable for use in after-school programs and other educational settings.