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Participating in clubs at Hinsdale Central & Hinsdale South leads to lifelong friendships and, according to research, correlates with positive social behaviors in high school and adulthood.

Examination of data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health showed strong evidence that . . . extracurricular activities provide settings “within schools that are uniquely poised to promote friendships, as they are typically voluntary, safe settings that allow adolescents space to interact and engage with their friends” (National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)).

“A study looking at data from both the National Education Longitudinal Survey (NELS) and the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health found participation in a number of high school extracurricular activities positively related to early adulthood voting…Performing arts participation in high school had one of the biggest effects…’Those who get in the habit of participating and engaging in their high school community tend to continue those behaviors and kind of associations into adulthood. Those that find themselves on the track of uninvolvement and detachment tend to remain detached.’ (Thomas & McFarland, 2010)” (National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)).

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