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Extracurricular activities or Extra Academic Activity (EAA) are those that fall outside the realm of the normal curriculum of school or university education, performed by students. Extracurricular activities exist for all students. And generally, volunteer activities aren't always extracurricular activities.
Such activities are generally voluntary (as opposed to mandatory), social, philanthropic, and often involve others of the same age. Students often organize and direct these activities under faculty sponsorship, although student-led initiatives, such as independent newspapers, are common.
A study conducted by surveying school-age students in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health revealed that 70% of adolescents are involved in some form of extracurricular activities.
Other studies have shown being involved in extracurricular activities reduces the likelihood of dropping out of school, likelihood of committing a criminal offense, and leads to higher educational retainment and success and achievements in school work, not to mention that the greatest advantage of participating in at least one of these activities is the decrease in anti-social behaviors and students growing up to be more successful in communication and relationships.
- United States Academic Decathlon
- Student government
- Model United Nations
- World Scholar's Cup
- Moot court
- Model Crime Investigations
- Topic-specific clubs such as math club, Philanthropy Key Club
- Competitions such as the National History Day program & Quiz Bowl
- Political science organizations that moot court, or the publication of a law review
- Internships and other school sponsored work programs
- University societies
- School journalism
- Fan clubs
- Feldman, Amy. "The Role of School-Based Extracurricular Activities in Adolescent Development: A Comprehensive Review and Future Directions" (PDF). SagePub. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
- Eccles, Jacquelynne; Barber, Bonnie; Stone, Margaret; Hunt, James. "Extracurricular Activities and Adolescent Development". Wiley Online Library. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
- Mahoney, Joseph. "School Extracurricular Activity Participation as a Moderator in the Development of Antisocial Patterns" (PDF). Wiley Online Library. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
- Using extracurricular activity as an indicator of interpersonal skill: prudent evaluation or recruiting malpractice, Human Resource Management, Rubin, R.S., Bommer, W.H. & Baldwin, T.T. (2002).
- Extra Curricular Network Australia (ECNA) promotes Extra curricular programs for tertiary students in Australia.