Recreational Opportunities in the USA for Immigrant Children and Teenagers
Introduction to Recreational Opportunities in the USA
There are so many recreational opportunities in the USA for children and teenagers in particular. Because there are so many to pick from, you can find the type that benefits your child or teenager the best.
Consequently, K-2, IR-2 and CR-2 immigrant children and teenagers should take advantage of these recreational opportunities.
More importantly, these recreational opportunities provide K-2, IR-2, and CR-2 immigrant children and teenagers with many benefits for adjusting to their new life in the USA. We explain these many benefits further below.
In fact, many of these recreational opportunities are at low or no cost. Conversely, some of the private type of opportunities are expensive. As a result, pick and choose what specifically fits your child, time and budget.
Examples of Recreational Opportunities in the USA
There are so many recreational opportunities available to children and teenagers in the USA. Consequently, I cannot mention them all. That being the case, we specifically provide a summary of the most popular below.
Community Recreation Departments
Community recreation department activities provide great opportunities at a low cost.
- Sports like soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, football, ice hockey, figure skating and more…..
- After school programs for learning and fun
- Drama, plays and singing opportunities
- Swimming lessons
- Skiing lessons
- Many more
The great thing about school programs is that they are usually free. Although, you may need to buy some clothing or gear specifically for the type of program. For example, school programs include:
For example, schools in the USA provide a vast choice of sports programs:
- Track & Field
- Ice hockey
- Swim team
- Cross country running
- and more
Clubs and other Activities
In addition, schools provide other recreational opportunities to students that have interests other than sports. For example, these opportunities include:
- Drama- Many school put on plays and musicals. Your child or teenager can be an actor, singer or even help in creating the stage or be a stage hand.
- Choir or other singing groups
- Computer clubs
- Environmental action
- School newspapers
- and many more
Private or Non-Profit Entities
For example, some of the private or non-profit entity recreational opportunities include:
- Cub scouts and boy scouts
- Brownies and girl scouts
- Little League baseball and softball
- 4H Program
- Summer camps
- Many more
How to Find These Recreational Opportunities
There are many ways to find information about recreational opportunities specifically for your child or teenager. For example, below is a list of a few ways to find out about information on these programs:
- Call or check out the web site of your local community recreation department.
- Look in your local newspaper for information
- Look around town for sandwich boards or flyers
- Ask your neighbors or friends
- Talk to parents o your child or teenager’s friends
- School’s normally send home flyers
- Look at the school’s website
Benefits of Recreational Opportunities for Immigrant Children and Teenagers
Most importantly, recreational opportunities in the USA provide many benefits to immigrant children and teenagers. In addition, these opportunities in fact also provide a benefit to the new immigrant parent and families. Below are our top 10 reasons why recreational opportunities benefit immigrant families, children and teenagers:
Moving to a different country and adjusting to new a life should not be a bad experience. Let your child or teenager have fun to make the experience enjoyable. Most of the recreational opportunities in the USA are designed to let your child or teenager have fun.
Meeting New Friends
Making new friends is very important to an immigrant child or teenager, For example, your child or teenager is leaving behind their friends when they immigrate to the USA. Participating in recreational opportunities allow them to meet new friends. Youth recreation is also beneficial to new immigrant parents. Likewise, it also provides parents with an opportunity to meet other parents in the community. In particular, those parents who share a similar interest of engaging their youngsters can become friends.
Learning to share is a skill children are introduced to very early on, but being socialized and “playing well” with others is important in life. Recreational activities give children and teenagers a way to practice a range of critical social skills. For example, these skills include effective communication and conflict resolution; all while making new friends.
Learning English and Slang
Your child or teenager may be coming to the USA knowing very little or being fluent in English. If they only know very little English, what better way to learn, then being with other children or teenagers. In addition, if your child is fluent in English, they still need to learn the American slang to communicate better. Being with other children or teenagers through recreation is a great way to improve their English and communication skills. Immigrant parents can also learn better English and American slang by participating in their child’s recreational opportunities.
Do you want to learn more about where you live? What better way than by participating in a community recreational opportunity. Parents can also learn a great deal about their communities through increased knowledge of local parks and recreation offerings; volunteering, by attending league or local government meeting; and by associating with community members and parents from neighboring schools.
Being part a of a team with similar goals increases a child’s value of their self. If your child chooses an individual recreation, completing their task or becoming proficient also boosts their self-esteem and confidence.
Children who participate in recreational opportunities develop stronger muscles and bones. The stronger they are, the less likely they will suffer from physical injury. In fact, recreational activities keep children active and aid in the fight in obesity. Having a controlled weight leads to happier children and decreases the risk of diseases that comes from being overweight in their lifetimes, such as heart disease and diabetes.
Teaches Discipline/Life Skills
Recreational activities develop mental and discipline aspects in a child or teenager. In order to succeed in things, you must have self-restraint, and behave in a controlled and precise manner. Respect, listening, arriving on time, training on regular schedule, eating well (plenty of fruits and veggies) and staying focused from distraction; are rules of almost any game. Winning and losing also teach kids fundamentals of pride and humility. Good discipline translates to life situations in order to achieve goals and reach their fullest potential. sports teach important leadership skills, provides cultural exposure, and helps kids to learn how to manage difficult situations or difficult people!
Recreational activities develop discipline, and good discipline equals increased school performance. When children learn the essence of being rounded, it’s easier for them to apply the same principles in other areas such as work, school, and personal life.
Recreation at a young age enables children to participate in social interactions and build skills such as teamwork, leadership, and responsibility as they learn to work with others to achieve a common goal. This type of setting allows children to develop and practice different mental and moral qualities they acquire from their surroundings on the field, at the school and at home.
If your child is participating in recreational opportunities, make sure that they have health insurance, If they don’t have it yet, try temporary health insurance. Click here to see our blog post on temporary health insurance for immigrants.