The “third space” is anytime that children and youth spend outside of the home or school–i.e. when they are at afterschool programs, summer camps, rec programs, youth centers, extracurricular activities, service learning projects, working, etc. Young people spend lots of time outside of their homes and outside of school. In fact, it can be as much as 80% of their waking hours over the course of the year! This third space is an important place for them to get what they need as they grow up. As we go about our lives, we can welcome youth as part of our communities and provide opportunities for them to learn new skills and to have opportunities to play, learn, relax, explore, and be young.