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…It’s so much more than chess!
The Young Leaders After-School program is one of the Future Promises Foundation’s positive youth development initiatives within the city of Wilmington offering a safe and engaging activity for the city’s youth (ages 6-10).
This program immerses students in a positive peer group centered on an activity that fosters creativity and develops strategy, critical thinking, and decision-making skills.
The Young Leaders Chess Club after-school program is designed to assist parents by providing services based on parent’s ability to pay. Parents paying out of pocket automatically qualify for a 50% scholarship which reduces the cost to $25 per week.
- Afternoon/Evening Snack
- Homework Assistance
- Games & Activities
- Monday – Thursday 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Purchase of Care (POC) Accepted. Low income children and those from single family homes may be eligible to participate in this program at a discounted rate or free of charge.
Scientific support for chess is extremely strong. The U.S. Chess Federation (2007) cites numerous research studies on the importance of chess as a means to:
- Improving academic achievement
- Increasing patience, self-control, and sportsmanship among school-aged kids.
- Developed patience. Behavior disorder students tend to behave impulsively. So, practice in this area is important.
- Understand the consequences of their actions. In chess, ones actions have immediately consequences and mistakes are immediately punished and good moves are rewarded. Again, troubled teens don’t think about what will happen next.
- Chess teaches students to plan and to carry out the plan.
- Reason logically and to problem solve.
- Develop the ability to visualize, which is an important skill that is used in mathematics.
- Chess teaches students to think abstractly as well as algebraically because of the symbol manipulation.
Benefits of Chess for Children
By Dean J. Ippolito
Chess has long been considered a way for children to increase their mental prowess, concentration, memory, and analytical skills. To anyone who has known the game, it comes as no surprise that these assumptions were actually proven in several studies on how chess can improve the grades of students. Although chess has been shown to increase the mental abilities of persons of all ages, the main studies have been done with children. This is first for the obvious reason that students are constantly tested anyway, and therefore the data need only be analyzed, and secondly because children’s mental development is more rapid and can be more easily measured than persons at a later life stage.