Middle School Survey Report
Ohio Statewide Sample
Report Prepared By:
Dawn Anderson-Butcher, Ph.D., L.I.S.W.
College of Social Work
Theresa M. Ferrari, Ph.D.
Ohio State University Extension
4-H Youth Development
The Ohio State University
Action for Children and The Ohio State University
Kids’ Time Middle School Survey Report
Report for Ohio Statewide Sample
The following report provides the results from the Kids’ Time Middle School Survey conducted in
May-June 2002. This report is based on the 4,601 students from 22 schools throughout Ohio who
completed the survey. All items are based on student self-report and should be interpreted accordingly.
Data collection procedures are outlined in Appendix A. The purposes of this survey were to determine
How middle school students spend their out-of-school time
Motivations for participation in out-of-school activities
How middle school students would like to spend their out-of-school time
Barriers to participation in out-of-school activities
This report is organized in three sections:
Section 1: What Adolescents Are Doing and Why
Section 2: What Adolescents Express as Interests and Needs
Section 3: Participant Characteristics
A copy of the survey is included as Appendix B. The list of schools that completed the survey appears
in Appendix C.
Section 1: What Adolescents Are Doing and Why
Current Activity Participation
Adolescents provided information about the extracurricular activities in which they participated.
Given a list of activities, adolescents noted how many days per week they participate in each activity
as well as how many hours per day. The activities that adolescents participated in most frequently
Sports teams (51%)
Art, music, or dance lessons (22%)
School-based after-school programs (21%)
The highest number of hours per day that adolescents reported spending in an activity was about 1
hour for sports teams. About half of the adolescents (51%) participated in this activity. Fewer than
one fourth participate in each of the remaining activities. Table 1 illustrates these results. Note that
responses are based on n = 4,020-4,194 adolescents. Note that average days and hours are small due to
the low number of youth who actually participate in most activities.
Table 1: Frequency and Duration of Activity Participation
% Who Number of Days Number of
Types of Activities Participate per Week Hours per Day
Sports teams 51% 1.59 1.17
Art, music, or dance lessons 22% 0.46 0.39
School-based after-school programs 21% 0.44 0.35
Other kinds of lessons 18% 0.40 0.38
Youth organizations, such as 4-H, Scouts 16% 0.24 0.32
Leadership or service clubs, like Key 13% 0.21 0.20
Club, Student Council
Tutoring/homework assistance programs 10% 0.22 0.18
After-school programs such as Boys and 8% 0.18 0.19
Girls Club or YMCA
Adolescents also reported how often they participated in various leisure activities. Given a list of
activities, adolescents indicated whether they did that activity “never,” “occasionally,” “once or twice a
week,” “several times a week,” or “almost every day.” Combining the frequencies for several times a
week and almost every day, the activities most frequently engaged in by adolescents were:
Listening to music (79%)
Watching TV (76%)
Hanging out with friends (66%)
On the other hand, adolescents spent little time in:
Participating in extracurricular activities and clubs (13%)
Reading a book on their own (19%)
Table 2 provides the percentage of adolescents indicating each response as well as the mean score for
each item. Possible scores for each item range from 0 to 4. The response scale is as follows: 0 =
“never,” 1 = “occasionally,” 2 = “once or twice a week,” 3 = “several times a week,” and 4 = “almost
every day.” Therefore, the higher the mean score was for the activity, the greater the frequency of
participation. Note that the number of responses for activities ranges from n = 4,008 to 4,214
Table 2: Frequency of Activity Participation
Once Several Almost
Mean or times a every
Activities Score Never Occasionally twice a week day
Listen to music 3.28 2% 12% 7% 14% 65%
Watch TV 3.15 2% 14% 9% 18% 57%
Hang out with friends 2.87 4% 14% 15% 22% 44%
Play video games or use the 2.72 6% 19% 15% 19% 41%
Do homework or studying 2.60 8% 20% 14% 21% 37%
Do household chores 2.42 10% 21% 19% 18% 32%
Play a sport 2.33 13% 22% 16% 19% 31%
Do physical activity (besides 2.24 14% 23% 17% 18% 28%
Spend time alone 1.92 14% 34% 18% 13% 21%
Read a book on your own (not 1.35 28% 40% 13% 7% 12%
Participate in extracurricular 0.96 50% 24% 13% 7% 6%
activities or clubs
Adolescents were asked if they held a job during the school year and/or during the summer. They then
indicated the number of hours they worked per week at that job. During the school year, 18% of the
adolescents indicated they had a job working one or more hours, while 42% worked this amount
during the summer. It should be noted that the adolescents were not asked to report the location or the
nature of the job they performed.
Table 3: Student Employment
Employment Type Working One Hours Worked
or More Hours 1-3 4-6 7-9 10
Have job during school year (n = 4,213) 18% 8% 6% 2% 3%
Have job during summer (n = 4,231) 42% 11% 14% 6% 11%
Motivations for Involvement
Adolescents were asked to select an activity they most liked to do. They could select any activity and
write it in the space provided; that is, they did not select this activity from a predetermined list. Many
activities were listed; however, those activities most often selected were sports. The top three activities
Sports, in general
From a list of reasons provided, adolescents were then asked to select the reasons that were motivators
to participate in the chosen activity, as noted above. Those motivators receiving the highest scores
To have fun.
I love it.
I am good at it.
To develop my skills and abilities.
Table 4 shows the percentage of adolescents providing each response as well as the mean score for
these items. Possible scores for each item range from 0 to 2. The response scale is as follows: 0 = “not
a reason,” 1 = “minor reason,” and 2 = “major reason.” Note that responses ranged from n = 3,966 to n
Table 4: Motivations for Participation in Adolescents’ Favorite Activities
Reason for You?
Mean Not a Minor Major
Possible Reasons Score reason reason reason
To have fun. 1.78 5% 11% 84%
I love this activity. 1.78 6% 10% 84%
I am good at it. 1.48 14% 25% 61%
To develop my skills and abilities. 1.36 18% 27% 55%
It is interesting. 1.27 20% 34% 46%
To stay in shape. 1.16 30% 24% 46%
To relieve stress. 1.11 28% 32% 40%
I had friends who were participating. 0.93 38% 31% 31%
To expand my horizons. 0.81 45% 29% 26%
I like to be creative. 0.76 49% 26% 25%
To help on my college application. 0.64 59% 18% 23%
Other family members have done this activity. 0.64 54% 28% 18%
My friends wanted me to participate. 0.57 61% 22% 17%
My parents wanted me to participate. 0.50 63% 23% 14%
To help others. 0.50 63% 25% 12%
To help me get a job. 0.47 68% 17% 15%
To make a difference in my school or community. 0.41 70% 18% 12%
Adolescents were asked to indicate whether they went home after school and if so, who was present,
choosing from a list of possible responses. Over one-third of the adolescents reported that there is no
adult at home when they go home after school. Responses are included in Table 5.
Table 5: Who Is At Home
(n = 4,441)
Parent or grown up is home 60%
No adult is home 20%
No adults, older siblings 11%
No adult, I care for siblings 6%
I don’t go home after school 4%
Adolescents were asked to indicate the amount of time they spent alone, both in days per week and
hours per day. About two-thirds (68%) of the adolescents spent one or more days alone after school.
While 18% indicated that they do not spend any time alone, about one in three adolescents spend three
or more hours alone. This information is summarized in Table 6.
Table 6: Time Spent Alone
Days/Week Percent Hours/Day Percent
(n = 4,481) (n = 4,478)
0 days 32% Up to 1 hr. 34%
5 days 20% 3 or more hours 29%
1 day 15% 2 hr. 19%
2 days 14% 0 hours 18%
3 days 13%
4 days 6%
Section 2: What Adolescents Express as Interests and Needs
Likelihood of Participation
Adolescents reported on the likelihood that they would participate in various activities if they had the
opportunity. Given a list of programs, adolescents indicated how likely they would be to participate in
each one by answering “no chance;” “small chance;” “maybe;” “good chance;” and “yes, definitely.”
Combining the figures for “good chance” and “yes, definitely”, their responses show that they would
be most likely to participate in:
Sports teams (67%)
Friday night activities (60%)
Weekend activities (54%)
Table 7 displays the percentage of adolescents who provided each answer. Responses ranged from n =
4,042 to 4,076.
Table 7: Likelihood of Participation
How Likely are You to Participate?
Kinds of Programs No Small Maybe Good Yes,
chance chance chance definitely
Sports teams 12% 8% 13% 18% 49%
Friday night organized activity 17% 8% 15% 21% 39%
programs such as sports, dances, etc.
Activities on the weekends 17% 10% 18% 18% 37%
Arts programs, such as music, drama, 32% 16% 17% 17% 18%
Open computer lab time before or after 35% 20% 19% 13% 13%
Clubs that meet after school 36% 20% 22% 13% 9%
Community service programs 35% 24% 23% 12% 6%
Environmental education programs 41% 26% 20% 8% 4%
After-school tutoring programs for 45% 25% 17% 8% 4%
help with class work
Activity Needs: Directions for the Future
Adolescents answered questions indicating their perceptions of the availability and need for a variety
of activities. On each item, adolescents answered “NO!;” “no;” “yes;” or “YES!” to indicate the extent
to which they agreed with each statement. Note that between 3,966 to 4,054 adolescents responded to
these questions. Their responses provided the following insights:
77% said kids need to have more of a say in the way activities are run.
73% said there are enough sports teams for kids my age.
65% said there is a need for after-school activities.
62% said adults in my community don’t understand what kids my age like to do.
50% said there is a need for more late night and weekend activities.
48% said there are enough recreation activities.
45% said there are enough clubs for kids my age to join.
44% said kids in my community get into trouble because there is not enough to do.
44% said there is a need for more leadership activities in my school.
41% said there are enough arts programs for kids my age.
40% said there is nothing for kids to do or fun places to go after school and on weekends.
Parental Monitoring During Out-of-School Time
Adolescents responded to questions that provided information about their parental monitoring during
the out-of-school time. Possible scores on each item range from 1 to 4. The response scale is as
follows: 1 = “NO!;” 2 = “no;” 3 = “yes;” and 4 = “YES!” Table 8 displays adolescents’ mean
responses on these items as well as the percentage of adolescents indicating each response. Higher
scores indicated a greater degree of agreement with the statement.
Over 80% of the adolescents reported that their parents provided some monitoring of their
whereabouts. Calling when they arrive home from school was less likely to be used as a monitoring
strategy. About one-fourth of the adolescents said they do not agree with their parents about the kinds
of activities in which they participate. Note that the scores are based on n = 4,147 to n = 4,192
Table 8: Parental Monitoring During Out-of-School Time
Item Mean disagree Disagree Agree agree
Score NO! no yes YES!
My parents want me to tell them where I am if I 3.41 3% 7% 35% 55%
don't come home right after school.
In my free time away from home, my parents 3.25 4% 9% 45% 42%
know whom I'm with and where I am.
My parents want to know with whom I am 3.19 7% 10% 41% 42%
going out when I go out with other boys and
If I am home alone after school, there is 3.19 6% 10% 43% 41%
someone nearby that I can call if I need to.
My parents and I agree on the kinds of activities 2.78 14.5% 20% 37.5% 28%
that I should participate in.
When I come home from school and no one 2.41 21% 36% 22% 21%
else is there, I have to call to let them know I
Barriers to Involvement
Adolescents also provided information about reasons that keep them from doing the kinds of activities
they would like to do. Given a list of possible reasons, adolescents indicated to what extent each
reason was a barrier for them. According to their responses, the top barriers that influenced student
Lack of choice (28%)
Lack of time (25%)
Friends are not there (24%)
Table 9 illustrates these results. Note that the percentages in the table are based on n = 3,970 to n =
4,022 student responses.
Table 9: Barriers to Involvement
How Much of a Reason for You?
Possible Reasons not a minor major
reason reason reason
Lack of choice; the things I like are not offered. 41% 31% 28%
Lack of time; I am too busy doing other things. 34% 41% 25%
My friends are not there or I don’t know anyone in 45% 31% 24%
the activities, so I don’t want to go by myself.
Lack of money; programs cost too much. 56% 27% 17%
Lack of information, I don’t know about what is 48% 35% 17%
Lack of transportation; there is no way for me to 54% 29% 17%
get places or I live too far away.
Lack of availability; there are no programs in our 59% 26% 15%
My parents won’t let me do the kinds of things I 70% 18% 12%
like to do.
Other responsibilities; I have to babysit my brother 65% 23% 12%
Section 3: Participant Characteristics
Adolescents in 22 schools completed the survey. The number of students in each school completing the
surveys ranged from 60 students to 533 students. Schools represented rural (33% of students),
suburban (29% of students), and urban populations (38% of students). The list of schools completing
the survey is contained in Appendix C.
Adolescents responded to a number of questions designed to elicit basic demographic information. Of
the 4,601 adolescents who completed the survey, 2,289 (51%) were male, and 2,210 (49%) were
female. The average age was 12.9 years old, with ages ranging from 10 to 16. There were 205
adolescents in the 5th grade (5%), 1,223 adolescents in 6th grade (27%), 1,691 in 7th grade (37%), and
1,432 in 8th grade (31%). Three-quarters of the adolescents were White (75%), with 10% African
American, 6% mixed race, 4% Hispanic, 2% Native American, 2% Other, and 1% Asian.
Adolescents were asked to choose a response that best described their average grades in school.
Almost half (47%) indicated that they received A’s and B’s in school; 25% indicated that their grades
were mostly C’s or below. Table 10 illustrates and expands upon these results.
Table 10: Average Grades
(n = 4,494)
Mostly A’s and B’s 47%
Mostly B’s and C’s 28%
Mostly C’s 10%
Mostly C’s and D’s 11%
Mostly D’s and F’s 4%
Home and Family Characteristics
Adolescents responded to questions about their home and family characteristics. First, adolescents
indicated the response that best described their family living situation. As Table 11 shows, most
adolescents (58%) responded that they live with two parents.
Table 11: Living Situation
Living Situation Percent
(n = 4,568)
2 parents (mother and father) 58%
1 parent and 1 stepparent 14%
Mother only 13%
Sometimes mother, sometimes father 7%
Father only 2%
Grandparent -- grandmother, grandfather, or both 2%
On questions regarding their mother’s and father’s employment, respondents checked the category that
best fit them. As Table 12 shows, two-thirds of the adolescents (68%) reported that their father was
employed full time. Also, about half of the adolescents (52%) reported that their mother worked full
Table 12: Parent’s Employment
Employment Type Father’s Employment (n = 4,406) Mother’s Employment (n = 4,478)
Employed full time 68% 52%
Employed part time 9% 21%
Not currently employed 6% 14%
Don’t know 17% 13%
Of the adolescents living in two-parent homes, approximately 74% indicated that both parents work
either full time or part time. Of the adolescents living in a single-parent home, approximately 90%
indicated that this parent works full time or part time.
Adolescents provided information about their mobility by indicating the number of times they have
changed homes and/or schools during this school year and since kindergarten. Table 13 illustrates
Table 13: Mobility
Changed schools, past year (n = 3,934) 13%
Changed homes, past year (n = 4,135) 19%
Changed schools, since kindergarten (n = 4,002) 58%
Changed homes, since kindergarten (n = 4,206) 65%
For more information contact:
Dawn Anderson-Butcher, Ph.D., L.I.S.W. Theresa M. Ferrari, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist
325 D Stillman Hall, 1947 College Road Ohio State University Extension,
College of Social Work 4-H Youth Development, 2120 Fyffe Rd., Rm. 25
The Ohio State University Columbus, OH 43210-1084
Columbus, OH 43210-1162 Phone: (614) 292-4444 Fax: (614) 292-5937
Phone: (614) 292-8596 Fax: (614) 292-6940 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
E-mail: email@example.com Website: http://www.ohio4h.org
State Coordinator, Out-of–School Time Project
Action for Children
78 Jefferson St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 224-0222 Ext. 160 Fax: (614) 224-5437
The authors acknowledge the support of those who helped to collect and enter data for this report: Out-of-School Time Specialists; Ohio
State University Extension 4-H Youth Development Agents; and Amy Grandy, Eric Gregoire, Amber Kwiatkowski, Theresa Midle,
Heather Munn, Grace Nwoku, Jessica Paisley, Beth Pinkston, and Kayo Uchida.
Data Collection Procedures
This survey was developed by Dr. Dawn Anderson-Butcher and Dr. Theresa Ferrari of The
Ohio State University. Approval was gained from the university’s Institutional Review Board
prior to data collection.
Action for Children solicited participation from school district superintendents via letter and
follow-up phone call. Efforts were made to include a geographic representation of schools
around the state. Upon agreement to participate, superintendents chose a middle school or
schools in their district to collect school-wide data. Action for Children contacted the principal
at the selected middle schools to coordinate the data collection procedures.
Data were collected from 5th through 8th grade students in 22 schools in Ohio in May-June
2002. Students received the survey during a class at school. All students at the selected grades
who were present on the day of data collection were asked to complete the survey.
Students were informed that their responses were confidential, that their participation was
voluntary, and that there were no consequences if they chose not to participate. Their assent
was gained prior to beginning the data collection. Surveys were anonymous and no personal
identifier was provided on the survey. Once completed, the students returned the survey to the
appointed teacher/school personnel charged with data collection at the school.
The surveys were returned to Action for Children and the data were entered and analyzed at
The Ohio State University.
Kids’ Time Survey
Out-of-School Time for Middle School Youth
This survey is designed to find out what you currently do in your out-of-school time as well as what you would
like to do. Your answers will help to inform decisions about existing and new programs for kids your age.
Your answers to this survey are confidential; no one will know how you responded. Your participation and
thoughtful answers are greatly appreciated. However, your participation is voluntary and you may stop doing the
survey at any time. You do not have to answer any questions that you do not want to answer. There is no
consequence to you if you do not complete the survey.
For each question, please mark the answer that best describes you or matches your participation and interest in
out-of-school activities. There are no “right” or “wrong” answers.
Questions About You
Please mark one answer for each question.
1. How old are you? ___10 ___11 ___12 ___13 ___14 ___15 ___16
th th th th
2. What is your grade in school? ___5 ___6 ___7 ___8 ___9th
3. What is your gender? ____ male ___ female
4. What do you consider yourself to be?
___ White ___ Spanish/Hispanic/Latino
___ Black or African American ___ Mixed Race
___ American Indian/Native American ___ Other:
___ Asian/Pacific Islander
5. Which best describes your family living situation?
I live with . . . (Mark only one):
___ 2 parents (mother and father) ___ sometimes mother, sometimes father
___ mother only ___ grandparent -- grandmother, grandfather, or both
___ father only ___ guardian
___ 1 parent and 1 stepparent ___ other: _______________________
6. Which of the following describes your 7. Which of the following describes your father’s
mother’s work situation? work situation?
___ Employed full time ___ Employed full time
___ Employed part time ___ Employed part time
___ Not currently employed ___ Not currently employed
___ Don’t know ___ Don’t know
8. Which of the following best describes your average grades so far in school?
___ Mostly A’s & B’s ___ Mostly C’s ___ Mostly D’s & F’s
___ Mostly B’s & C’s ___ Mostly C’s & D’s
9. Have you ever received recognition (awards, honor roll, etc.) for your academic work?
___ No ___ Yes
10. Have you ever had to repeat a grade?
___ No ___ Yes
Answer Questions #11 and #12 using the box below.
11. How many times have you moved? In the box below, check one number for times you have changed
12. How many times have you moved? In the box below, check one number for times you have changed
Check one number for #11 - Times You Have Changed #12 - Times You Have Changed
times you have changed Homes? Schools?
homes & one number for 0 1 2 3 4 More 0 1 2 3 4 More
times you have changed than 4 than 4
a. This school year
b. Since kindergarten
13. During the past 12 months, on how many sports teams did you play?
___ I did not play on a sports team ___ 2 teams ___ 4 teams
___ 1 team ___ 3 teams ___ 5 or more teams
14. When you get home from school, who is waiting for you most days?
___ A parent or other grown-up is there.
___ No one else is home -- I am alone for awhile.
___ No grown-up is home -- I take care of my younger brother(s) and/or sister(s).
___ No grown-up is home -- my older brother(s) and/or sister(s) is there.
___ I don't go home after school.
15. Typically, how many days per week after school do you spend time on your own, without an adult present?
___ 0 days ___ 2 days ___ 4 days
___ 1 day ___ 3 days ___ 5 days
16. Typically, how many hours per day after school do you spend on your own, without an adult present?
___ 0 hours ___ I hour ___ 3 hours
___ less than 1 hour ___ 2 hours ___ more than 3 hours
17. Do you have a part-time job?
During the school year? ___No ___Yes, during the school year
During the summer? ___No ___Yes, during the summer
18. If you answered “yes” to question #17, how many hours per week do you spend on this job? Please
circle the number of hours. If “no,” skip to question 19.
School Year Hours Summer Hours
Less than 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, over 10 Less than 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, over 10
Answer questions #19 and #20 using the box below:
19. In a typical week, how many days per week do you participate in after-school activities? Please mark
in the box below. Check a number for the number of weekdays, and make another check if you participate on
20. In a typical week, how many hours per day do you participate in after-school activities? Please mark
in the box below.
Type of Activities #19 - Days Per Week #20 - Hours Per Day
How many days per week do How many hours per day do
you participate? you participate?
For each activity, check one number on the more
for days per week and one number 0 1 2 3 4 5 week- 0 1 2 3 than 3
for hours per day. end
a. Sports teams
b. Leadership or service clubs, like
Key Club, Student Council
c. Youth organizations, such as 4-H,
d. School-based after-school
e. After-school programs such as
Boys and Girls Club or YMCA
f. Tutoring/homework assistance
g. Art, music, or dance lessons
h. Other kinds of lessons
Answer Questions #21 and #22 using the box below.
21. In a typical week, after school gets out and before you go to bed, what activities do you spend the most
of your time doing? In the box below, check how often you do each activity list.
22. Pick three (3) activities that you spend most of your time doing, in a typical week. In the box below, write
“1” for the thing you do most often, “2” is for the second most often activity, and “3” is the third most often. Write
the number in the column marked “Mark Top 3.”
Activities #21 - How Often? #22 Mark
Never Occasionally Once or Several Almost
twice a times a every
week week day
a. Read a book on your own (not for
b. Listen to music
c. Play a sport
d. Do physical activity (besides
e. Do homework or studying
f. Watch TV
g. Play video games or use the
h. Hang out with friends
i. Participate in extracurricular
activities or clubs
j. Do household chores
k. Spend time alone
23. Of the activities that you currently do, think of the one activity you most like to do.
Write this activity here: ___________________________
24. Think about the activity that you listed above and answer the following questions. Why have you
participated in this activity? For each potential reason, check one of following responses in the box below: not
a reason, a minor reason, or a major reason.
Possible Reasons Reason for You?
Not a reason Minor reason Major reason
a. It is interesting.
b. To develop my skills and abilities.
c. I am good at it.
d. To help others.
e. To make a difference in my school or community.
f. To stay in shape.
g. To relieve stress.
h. I had friends who were participating.
i. My friends wanted me to participate.
j. My parents wanted me to participate.
k. Other family members have done this activity.
l. To help on my college application.
m. To help me get a job.
n. I like to be creative.
o. To expand my horizons.
p. To have fun.
q. I love this activity.
25. Please answer the following questions about rules you might have for your out-of-school time. Mark
your response in the box below.
Strongly Disagree Agree Strongly
NO! no yes YES!
a. My parents want to know with whom I am going out NO! no yes YES!
when I go out with other boys and girls.
b. In my free time away from home, my parents know NO! no yes YES!
whom I'm with and where I am.
c. My parents want me to tell them where I am if I don't NO! no yes YES!
come home right after school.
d. When I come home from school and no one else is NO! no yes YES!
there, I have to call to let them know I am home.
e. If I am home alone after school, there is someone NO! no yes YES!
nearby that I can call if I need to.
f. My parents and I agree on the kinds of activities that I NO! no yes YES!
should participate in.
26. The box below contains a list of programs that might be available to you. If these kinds of programs were
available, how likely is it that you would participate? Please check one answer for each kind of program
Kinds of Programs How Likely for You to Participate?
No Small Maybe Good Yes,
chance chance chance definitely
a. After-school programs for enrichment and
fun (lessons of all kinds)
b. After-school tutoring programs for help
with class work
c. Arts programs, such as music, drama,
d. Environmental education programs
e. Community service programs
f. Sports teams
g. Clubs that meet after school
h. Open computer lab time before or after
i. Friday night organized activity programs
such as sports, dances, etc.
j. Activities on the weekends
27. Please indicate the extent to which you agree or disagree with the following statements. Check one
answer for each statement.
Strongly Somewhat Somewhat Strongly Don’t
Statements disagree disagree agree agree know
NO! no yes YES!
a. There is nothing for kids my age to do Don’t
or fun places to go after school and on NO! no yes YES! know
b. There are enough clubs for kids my age Don’t
to join. NO! no yes YES! know
c. There are enough sports teams for kids Don’t
my age. NO! no yes YES! know
d. There are enough arts programs for Don’t
kids my age. NO! no yes YES! know
e. There are enough recreation programs Don’t
for kids my age. NO! no yes YES! know
f. There is a need for more leadership Don’t
activities in my school. NO! no yes YES! know
g. There is a need for more weekend and Don’t
late night programs in my community. NO! no yes YES! know
h. Kids in my community get into trouble Don’t
because there is not enough to do. NO! no yes YES! know
i. Adults in my community don’t Don’t
understand what kids my age like to do. NO! no yes YES! know
j. Kids need to have more of a say in the Don’t
way activities are run. NO! no yes YES! know
28. Do you wish there were more after-school activities in your neighborhood or community? Please
___ Yes, there is a great need. ___ No, there is not a need.
___ Yes, there is some need. ___ No, there is already enough to do.
___ No, I am not interested.
29. What are the reasons that keep you from doing the kinds of activities that you would like to do?
Possible Reasons How Much of a Reason for You?
not a reason minor reason major reason
a. Lack of money; programs cost too much.
b. Lack of time; I am too busy doing other things.
c. Lack of information, I don’t know about what is
d. Lack of transportation; there is no way for me to
get places or I live too far away.
e. Lack of choice; the things I like are not offered.
f. Lack of availability; there are no programs in our
g. My friends are not there or I don’t know anyone
in the activities, so I don’t want to go by myself.
h. My parents won’t let me do the kinds of things I
like to do.
i. Other responsibilities; I have to babysit my brother
School Location District Participating
Barrett Middle Urban Columbus Public Schools 186 4.0%
Bealsville Elementary Rural Switzerland of Ohio 77 1.7%
Bealsville High Rural Switzerland of Ohio 77 1.7%
Caldwell Elementary Rural Caldwell Exempted Village 69 1.5%
Eastern Heights Urban Elyria City Schools 308 6.7%
Glenwood Middle Urban Findlay City Schools 227 4.9%
Grant Middle Urban Portsmouth 217 4.7%
Hannibal Elementary Rural Switzerland of Ohio 87 1.9%
Licking Heights Suburban Licking Heights Schools 207 4.5%
Maysville Rural Maysville School District 329 7.2%
Northwood Jr. High Urban Findlay City Schools 278 6.0%
Perrysburg Suburban Perrysburg 533 11.6%
Powhatan Rural Switzerland of Ohio 127 2.8%
Reynoldsburg Suburban Reynoldsburg City Schools 435 9.5%
Sardis Elementary Rural Switzerland of Ohio 76 1.7%
Shenandoah Rural Noble Local 220 4.8%
Skyvue Elementary Rural Switzerland of Ohio 115 2.5%
South Amherst Middle Suburban Firelands Local (Lorain) 278 6.0%
St. Sylvester Rural Private 60 1.3%
West Middle Urban Lima City Schools 204 4.4%
Whittier Urban Elyria City Schools 305 6.6%
Woodsfield Elementary Rural Switzerland of Ohio 186 4.0%
TOTAL 4,601 100%