The new MetLife Foundation/Afterschool Alliance Compendium is here! This week, with support from MetLife Foundation, the Afterschool Alliance released its fourth issue brief compendium entitled “Afterschool in Action: How Innovative Afterschool Programs Address Critical Issues Facing Middle School Youth” at the NAA Conference just outside of Dallas, TX. The compendium includes a compilation of four issue briefs that examine the vital role afterschool programs play in addressing important issues for middle schoolers, and this year we’ve added some new exciting graphics to the compendium and a more in-depth look at 2011 award-winning programs.
The four issue briefs address aligning afterschool with the regular school day, bullying prevention, service learning and promoting literacy. The real highlight of this compendium though may be the remarkable work done by the 2011 MetLife Innovator Award Recipients, which is detailed in in-depth program profiles throughout the document. Award recipients included: Kids Rethink New Orleans in New Orleans, LA; Higher Achievement in Washington, D.C.; Urban Arts/Project Phoenix in Oakland, CA; 21st Century PASOS in Gettysburg, PA; and America SCORES in Chicago, IL.
I encourage all afterschool advocates to read through our new compendium to find inspiration from some of the country’s most innovative programs and learn about how successful afterschool programs are helping middle schoolers traverse a complicated but critical period in their lives.
PS: For those of you eager to be featured in next year’s compendium, check our website in the upcoming weeks for news on the 2012 MetLife Afterschool Innovator Award nomination process. Good Luck!