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Investments in quality STEM learning will continue in 2020

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Investments in quality STEM learning will continue in 2020

The Afterschool Alliance, in partnership with the STEM Education Coalition, is heading into the fourth year of a STEM policy project to support the Statewide Afterschool Networks. Through the generous support of the Overdeck Family Foundation, 18 state networks will receive financial support and technical assistance over the coming year as they look to build new partnerships and work towards advancing afterschool STEM interests in their state legislatures.

The previous three years of this project have been instrumental in moving the needle on opportunities for youth to participate in afterschool STEM opportunities. This past year saw a number of accomplishments at the state level, from Pensylvania’s PAsmart initiative receiving a $10 million increase in funding or South Carolina’s successful efforts to capture $1.2 million in funding to support the South Carolina Afterschool Alliance’s quality initiatives that includes afterschool STEM support. These wins aren’t chalked up to luck or a one-off success, but rather to the multi-year efforts to build and expand coalitions, engage new partners, and develop afterschool champions that statewide afterschool networks have been able to engage in through this project.

Over the last two years, the funding provided by Overdeck Family Foundation has allowed the Afterschool Alliance and the STEM Education Coalition (a national Coalition of 850+ business, professional, and education organizations with a stake in the STEM ecosystem) to support afterschool networks interested in developing and advancing afterschool STEM policy efforts in their states.

“We are delighted to continue working alongside state partners in the afterschool world that are advancing the cause of STEM education for students everywhere.  Their efforts have been instrumental in helping young people across the country get better connected with opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics that can change their lives,” said James Brown, executive director of the STEM Education Coalition.  

The Afterschool Alliance and the STEM Education Coalition are excited to expand on our work with the statewide afterschool networks over the last three years. For 2019-2020, 18 state networks have been selected to receive financial support, along with technical assistance and resources from the Afterschool Alliance and the STEM Education Coalition. The state afterschool networks selected to participate are:

“Resources provided through the Overdeck Family Foundation have helped position the South Carolina Afterschool Alliance to secure bipartisan support for funding and pass resolutions in the House and Senate”, said Zelda Quiller Waymer, Executive Director of the South Carolina Afterschool Alliance. “We’re looking forward to highlighting last year’s success and working to make afterschool STEM a priority for the state of South Carolina over the next year.”

During 2019-2020, the Afterschool Alliance and STEM Education Coalition will work closely with each state to provide technical assistance by tracking legislation, creating resources, and working with networks to identify new partners and potential champions. For 12 of these states, this work will continuing into their second, third, and even fourth year as part of this project.

The power of the statewide afterschool networks continues to be elevated through the success of state-level afterschool STEM policy, and this work wouldn’t be possible without the support of the Overdeck Family Foundation.

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