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Like Ahmaud Arbery, I live in small town Georgia. A frightening world awaits.

By Terell Wright. Terell, 17, attends Walnut Grove High School and enjoys politics and writing, and aspires to work in public policy.

This blog post was originally published on May 7, 2020 at VOX ATL. VOX ATL is a teen-driven, professional space and a learning environment for diverse teens in Metro Atlanta as they explore teen publishing and self-expression.

Another innocent young black man is shot in daylight. This time merely for going on a run in his neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia. A video released this week shows Ahmaud Arbery, 25, being shot in broad daylight by two white men. On the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 23, just after 1 p.m., Arbery was out for a jog when he passed two men, Travis and Gregory McMichael, standing by a parked truck, both armed with guns.

On a released video of the killing, a shot erupts from one of the mens’ guns. Arbery tries to run for his life, while the other man holds him down with one hand, simultaneously holding a shotgun in the other. As he tries to get free, the other man proceeds to shoot Arbery again, and he collapses.

On Wednesday, after seeing the video, I tried my best to stay inside all day and hide myself from the world. The thought that this could be me or any of my friends of color horrified me. When I finally forced myself to go into public to get dinner, I was more reserved and vigilant than I had ever been.

The Only Black Man Visible For Miles

On my way to the restaurant, I heard police sirens and became shocked with an immense amount of fear. I remembered my insurance card was in the glove compartment. I thought to myself, if that cop stopped me and asked for it, I would have to lean over to get it. What if he thought I was reaching for a gun? Would he pull out his gun and shoot me?

When I arrived at the restaurant and parked my car, I had to walk through my suburban Georgia town’s downtown sidewalk to reach the restaurant and order my food. As I got out of the car, a sharp feeling of discomfort and reality plagued my body. I was the only black man visible for miles. I felt out of place. Like I didn’t belong. Like I should be ashamed of looking different.

Never had I felt so alone and vulnerable. Simply walking on a sidewalk, much like Ahmaud was running in his neighborhood, was now an action I have to worry about. At any moment, anything could’ve happened to me. Anyone can run up on me and attack me just simply for the color of my skin.

Going Out at Night Is a Gamble

Among many of my white friends, fearing for your life is not very common. They’ve never had “the talk” with their parents about what being a black man in America means. They’ve never had to worry about a traffic stop turning into manslaughter. They’ve never had to worry about crossing a street or running in their neighborhoods. Or getting shot in cold blood.

For myself and my Latino, Arab, and African-American friends, all of the scenarios listed above that otherwise sound carefree and mundane are harsh realities we must face every day. Going out at night is a gamble for men of color. The night is a luxury we cannot enjoy in public alone or even in groups. Even being a minute late home after sunset scares my mother and prompts her to call me nonstop until I answer.

A Tragic Reality

For men of color, even in our own neighborhoods, we have the potential of being gunned down and our lives being robbed from us. An even more tragic reality is this — the people who would take our lives have a chance of getting away with it, much like the men who killed Ahmaud Arbery. At least, so far. As of Thursday, the father and son shooters have not been arrested or even charged with a crime. Until a video of the February killing was released this week, the shooting had not even received much media attention. Now that CNN, the New York Times, the Washington PostWSB-TV in Atlanta and other outlets are reporting on Arbery’s death, public pressure is mounting to charge the men.

As my youth slips away and my journey to adulthood is on the close horizon, a frightening world seems to be waiting for me. A world where justice is ignored for those who have dark skin. A world that doesn’t take your intelligence or positive attributes into consideration but, instead, immediately considers you a threat and dangerous to others. A world where hate and bigotry are acceptable and encouraged on social media platforms.

Resist Hate

Of course, not everything is negative. Although disappointing and odd to say, 2020 is also the best time to be a black man. We can now at least call out these people and protest and resist hate and racism through many platforms, and we can express ourselves and speak up when we see wrong.

But it still hurts that we are still fighting for such basic levels of human compassion and fair treatment. It still hurts that we can’t go out without the fear of being discriminated against or shot. It hurts that this nation represents 240 years of discomfort and hell for many of us and our ancestors.

The best we can do is keep our heads up, fight for what is right, love, and support one another as a community. And we can also hope we never have to have the same worries for our children and aspire that they grow up in a world where a black man can run in peace.

Nine key principles for reopening schools and helping students recover from COVID-19

As we move through the pandemic and toward recovery from COVID-19, there is a growing recognition that expanded learning programs, including afterschool and summer programs, are more essential than ever. As parents begin to return to workplaces and school districts nationwide consider different...

BY: Jen Rinehart      08/24/20

New toolkit helps OST educators make the case to leverage OST assets in school district reopening plans

By the Michigan After-School Partnership. This blog post was originally published on the MASP's blog and has been reposted with permission. MASP’s new toolkit is filled with advice, sample letters, online resources and talking points for addressing school district decision-makers about...

BY: Guest Blogger      08/21/20

50+ national groups sign letter urging schools to look to afterschool and community partners in reopening process

This week more than 50 national groups signed a letter to the field urging meaningful inclusion of afterschool and community partners in planning and implementing the 2020-2021 school year for students, families and communities. The signatories, who represent a broad range of community partners,...

BY: Jillian Luchner      08/03/20

Mitigating ongoing stress of a pandemic: A toolkit for caregivers

By Bre Gentile, Ph.D.  and Molly Peterson, Msc. What do neighborhood scavenger hunts, family meals, talking about your feelings, and eight hours of sleep have in common? They are all ways that caregivers can help their families and young children lessen the impact of stress! Founded by...

BY: Guest Blogger      07/27/20

Reopening in California: "Programs need to be there from the beginning"

By Michael Funk. Michael Funk is the Director of the Expanded Learning Division at the California Department of Education. Michael has a deep history in the afterschool field and has served as the Director of the Expanded Learning Division. This blog was created in part from an interview with...

BY: Guest Blogger      07/09/20

Re-opening: The big picture & practical realities for afterschool

What you need to be doing now Earlier this month, Jen Siaca and Alison Overseth wrote a great piece in the Hechinger Report on 5 things afterschool programs need to be thinking about as we look toward fall.  We wholeheartedly agree, and have a few more big ideas to add to the list –...

BY: Ursula Helminski      07/07/20

Views from VISTAs: Updates from June 2020

AmeriCorps’ Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) work to alleviate poverty by providing indirect service to their communities. Our afterschool VISTAs and the work they do are essential to the expansion of afterschool access for the children who need it most, especially in the fields...

BY: Marisa Paipongna      07/02/20

Afterschool and summer learning programs are essential for recovery: Factsheet for making the case

While we know all the reasons why the afterschool field is an essential part of any recovery and re-opening, it may not have occurred to the school leaders, policy makers, partners, and funders that we need to help us keep supporting youth and families through this crisis. We’ve created a...

BY: Ursula Helminski      06/25/20

Your Town Hall questions answered! Reopening and recovery

We received lots of questions during our Town Hall on May 28. In our new Town Hall Q&A piece, we’ve gathered responses and resources where we have them. Here, we'll share some of the most commonly-asked questions about afterschool and the reopening and recovery process. We encourage...

BY: Ursula Helminski      06/23/20

School re-opening plans are beginning and recognizing afterschool as an asset

In early June, California introduced its school reopening plan, “Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California’s Public Schools.” The plan is divided into eight sections – Health and Safety, Instructional Programs, Professional Relationships and...

BY: Jillian Luchner      06/18/20

Mitigating ongoing stress of a pandemic: A toolkit for caregivers

By Bre Gentile, Ph.D.  and Molly Peterson, Msc. What do neighborhood scavenger hunts, family meals, talking about your feelings, and eight hours of sleep have in common? They are all ways that caregivers can help their families and young children lessen the impact of stress! Founded by...

BY: Guest Blogger      07/27/20

Program Spotlight: Youth from Sitar Arts Center talk about the impacts of COVID-19

“In this time, Sitar has helped me not lose focus on what my dreams could become.”           –– Cristofer, Age 16.    This blog is written by Eve White, Marketing and Communications Manager...

BY: Guest Blogger      06/17/20

Afterschool supports learning and recover: May 21-28

We know afterschool and summer learning programs support learning and recovery—let's tell the rest of the world, too! From May 21 to 28, we will be highlighting the many ways providers have risen to the moment during the COVID-19 pandemic and their essential role to play supporting youth...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      05/21/20

Afterschool and vaping prevention: Free online resources to help incorporate prevention into your programming

Image by Sarah J. from Pixabay As we navigate new terrain during this year's Mental Health Awareness Month, the COVID-19 pandemic is opening up new conversations about how we can safeguard and strengthen the mental well-being of children, young people, and families. Thoroughout May,...

BY: Erin Hegarty      05/19/20

Trump administration hosts call with nonprofit leaders amid pandemic

By Della Cronin, principal of the Bose Public Affairs Group. On Wednesday, over 150 nonprofit leaders, including Afterschool Alliance executive director Jodi Grant, joined a call hosted by the White House to hear from President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Surgeon General Jerome...

BY: Guest Blogger      03/25/20

Recap: Education stakeholder briefing from ED, CDC & USDA

The Department of Education held a stakeholder call on March 20 to update the field of education stakeholders on efforts surrounding the Coronavirus. The call came on the heels of a Department of Education announcement that flexibility within the Federal Education K-12 Law ESSA would be offered...

BY: Jillian Luchner      03/20/20

COVID-19: Considerations for the afterschool field

Photo courtesy of CDC/ Karnesha Slaughter (2015) by Scott Housley. The outbreak of COVID-19 raises questions and concerns for all of us. For afterschool providers, intermediaries, and networks, there are even more complexities. While we can’t provide answers for your specific community and...

BY: Ursula Helminski      03/12/20

A message from the Afterschool Alliance on COVID-19

Dear Afterschool Stakeholders, These are scary times. So many of the children, youth and families we serve are already dealing with fears and traumas. Now they will face more. For the first time in my lifetime, we are facing a pandemic and it will change life in America… for a few weeks...

BY: Jodi Grant      03/12/20

Ensuring access to school meals during COVID-19 related school closures

As we hear about more and more schools closing across the country due to COVID-19, we wanted to give you a quick update on ways afterschool programs and partners can help to mitigate the impact on families that rely on school meals. USDA Food and Nutrition Service has approved waivers for a...

BY: Erik Peterson      03/12/20

Breaking the cycle of substance use at Camp Mariposa

By Rose Frey, winter intern for 2019-2020 at the Afterschool Alliance. Photo courtesy of Camp Mariposa's website. There are more than 9 million children in the U.S. that are living in a home with a parent who uses illicit drugs, and these children are at high-risk for a host of issues....

BY: Guest Blogger      03/06/20

New toolkit helps OST educators make the case to leverage OST assets in school district reopening plans

By the Michigan After-School Partnership. This blog post was originally published on the MASP's blog and has been reposted with permission. MASP’s new toolkit is filled with advice, sample letters, online resources and talking points for addressing school district decision-makers about...

BY: Guest Blogger      08/21/20

Dear Beautiful Black Boy, Dear World

Photo taken by Seneca Wells, Life Pieces To Masterpieces By Life Pieces To Masterpieces. Life Pieces To Masterpieces uses artistic expression to develop character and leadership, unlock potential, and prepare African American boys and young men to transform their lives and communities....

BY: Guest Blogger      08/14/20

50+ national groups sign letter urging schools to look to afterschool and community partners in reopening process

This week more than 50 national groups signed a letter to the field urging meaningful inclusion of afterschool and community partners in planning and implementing the 2020-2021 school year for students, families and communities. The signatories, who represent a broad range of community partners,...

BY: Jillian Luchner      08/03/20

Afterschool Alliance releases blueprint for how afterschool programs & community partners can assist as schools reopen

From the White House to governors' mansions, there is currently a lot of discussion occurring about how and when schools should reopen for the 2020-2021 school year. That conversation ultimately will need to happen in the local communities of about 13,500 school districts nationwide, and each...

BY: Jodi Grant      07/14/20

$1.35M for middle school out-of-school time programs

We’re thrilled to announce the winners of the New York Life Foundation’s 2020 Aim High grant competition, representing a $1,350,000 investment in middle school out-of-school time (OST) programs serving disadvantaged youth in communities across the nation. The Aim High initiative is part...

BY: Dan Gilbert      06/30/20

Tools to Build On: Resources and guides for parents and educators

In 2017, the Afterschool Alliance created a suite of webinars, strategy guides, and resource lists to understand and address hate and bias. This campaign, “Tools to Build On: Creating constructive climates in out-of-school time,” is a hub of information and assets to help parents and...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      06/03/20

YMCA of Silicon Valley works with partners to provide pop-up day camps

YMCA of Silicon Valley, California, is providing an essential service in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis: allowing many parents to keep going to work. Across the region, the centers normally serve more than 8,000 students per day for afterschool programs and 22,000 for summer camp. Staff offer...

BY: Ursula Helminski      05/19/20

Discovery Ed: App for kids to measure social distance, learning resources for parents and educators

Discovery Education has created a free app that helps children understand social distancing. The app allows users to point a device at another person or object and see if it is an appropriate social distance. The app, called Social Distancing Training, helps young people grasp the abstract concept...

BY: Ursula Helminski      05/11/20

New app for afterschool, live or virtual

In this unprecedented time, it’s more important than ever to have ways to help youth continue learning, growing and exploring — wherever they are. As champions for children, you’re doing everything you can during this time to keep youth safe and continue to serve them. We also...

BY: Ursula Helminski      05/01/20

Lessons learned & opportunities to grow after A Nation At Hope's first year

On January 29, America’s Promise Alliance held a Whole Child Movement Convening: A Year After a Nation at Hope. A day of panels and conversations followed, all focusing on critical questions building on the work of the initial report: what do we know, where have we come, and what’s...

BY: Jillian Luchner      03/03/20

Mitigating ongoing stress of a pandemic: A toolkit for caregivers

By Bre Gentile, Ph.D.  and Molly Peterson, Msc. What do neighborhood scavenger hunts, family meals, talking about your feelings, and eight hours of sleep have in common? They are all ways that caregivers can help their families and young children lessen the impact of stress! Founded by...

BY: Guest Blogger      07/27/20

$1.35M for middle school out-of-school time programs

We’re thrilled to announce the winners of the New York Life Foundation’s 2020 Aim High grant competition, representing a $1,350,000 investment in middle school out-of-school time (OST) programs serving disadvantaged youth in communities across the nation. The Aim High initiative is part...

BY: Dan Gilbert      06/30/20

Tools to Build On: Resources and guides for parents and educators

In 2017, the Afterschool Alliance created a suite of webinars, strategy guides, and resource lists to understand and address hate and bias. This campaign, “Tools to Build On: Creating constructive climates in out-of-school time,” is a hub of information and assets to help parents and...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      06/03/20

Our work is more critical than ever. Time to raise our voices even louder.

These are enormously difficult times, and every child and every family has been affected by the health and justice crises our country is facing. All of us in this field have dedicated ourselves to promoting equity by improving access to high-quality afterschool and summer programs. We have long...

BY: Jodi Grant      06/02/20

5 ways that afterschool buffers toxic stress

By Erin Hegarty and Lena Hoffman.  As we navigate new terrain during this year's Mental Health Awareness Month, the COVID-19 pandemic is opening up new conversations about how we can safeguard and strengthen the mental well-being of children, young people, and families. Thoroughout...

BY: Erin Hegarty      05/29/20

Afterschool and vaping prevention: Free online resources to help incorporate prevention into your programming

Image by Sarah J. from Pixabay As we navigate new terrain during this year's Mental Health Awareness Month, the COVID-19 pandemic is opening up new conversations about how we can safeguard and strengthen the mental well-being of children, young people, and families. Thoroughout May,...

BY: Erin Hegarty      05/19/20

How to build empathy through virtual learning: Bite-size Empatico Skills

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BY: Erin Hegarty      05/04/20

Breaking the cycle of substance use at Camp Mariposa

By Rose Frey, winter intern for 2019-2020 at the Afterschool Alliance. Photo courtesy of Camp Mariposa's website. There are more than 9 million children in the U.S. that are living in a home with a parent who uses illicit drugs, and these children are at high-risk for a host of issues....

BY: Guest Blogger      03/06/20

Becoming Trauma-Informed: How YMCAs in New Jersey area transformed their approach

By Gina Hernandez, MA, YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge and South Amboy (MEWSA). It is 4:45 p.m. in a Middlesex County, NJ afterschool program. Two children are arguing over a glue stick. “I want that!” exclaimed 6-year old Jenny as she stomped over to a staff...

BY: Guest Blogger      11/08/19

For effective SEL, staff need to learn new skills, too.

By Heather E. Daly, Ph.D., director of Courageous Hearts, an organization committed to educating afterschool staff with drug education and prevention content; and Normandie Nigh, chief executive officer of A World Fit for Kids, whose mission is to prepare young people for fit and...

BY: Guest Blogger      05/31/19

Afterschool Alliance releases blueprint for how afterschool programs & community partners can assist as schools reopen

From the White House to governors' mansions, there is currently a lot of discussion occurring about how and when schools should reopen for the 2020-2021 school year. That conversation ultimately will need to happen in the local communities of about 13,500 school districts nationwide, and each...

BY: Jodi Grant      07/14/20

Afterschool Teens Take Charge: Score a win against cuts to summer youth employment

This spring was difficult for teens in New York City, and when Mayor de Blasio eliminated the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), summer looked to be even more bleak for city teens from underserved communities. SYEP provides jobs for 75,000 teens and young adults, many of whom had been counting...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      07/13/20

Young people are speaking up for what they believe in. Let’s amplify their voices!

Youth voices are more important than ever. That is why, this year, we want to amplify the voices of young people as part of our coverage of this moment in afterschool—and as part of our Youth Ambassador selection process.  We are asking youth (13 years or older) to submit a short...

BY: Erin Hegarty      06/19/20

How Horton's Kids is serving kids in their community during COVID-19

Transitioning to Virtual Learning During COVID-19 Horton’s Kids is a 21st Century Community Learning Center program serving K-12 students from the Wellington Park community in Southeast Washington, DC. When schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Horton’s Kids quickly...

BY: Chandler Hall      04/27/20

Afterschool "has helped guide me to what I want to do in the future and gives me opportunities to grow as an artist, a person, and a leader."

By Haliena Brown, 2020 Afterschool Youth Ambassador for Missouri. My name is Haliena Brown and I am a junior in high school. I am a part of Tiger Academy III, which is my afterschool program at Hollister High School in Missouri. I am writing about my experiences with my afterschool...

BY: Guest Blogger      02/14/20

Remembering Mary Jo Ginty

In late December the afterschool field has lost one of its brightest stars, Mary Jo Ginty. I was humbled and proud to work with Mary Jo, an institute in California where she served as Regional Leader of the Los Angeles County Office of Education Expanded Learning Technical Assistance...

BY: Jodi Grant      01/21/20

Share your yoice: Join the Let’s Talk About Election 2020 Youth Media Challenge

It is hard to believe, but the 2020 elections are just over a year away! Are you looking for civic engagement opportunities for youth in your afterschool program? Consider participating in Let’s Talk About Election 2020 youth media challenge, a free, standards-aligned program on KQED Learn,...

BY: Alexis Steines      11/12/19

Bill White’s afterschool legacy

Bill White (right) at the After School Summit of 2003, a gathering which helped spur the continued growth of afterschool and summer programs supported by 21st Century Community Learning Centers. On Wednesday, William S. White, the former president, CEO and board chair of the...

BY: Jodi Grant      10/11/19

Youth Afterschool Ambassador: "My parents were able to have peace of mind while I excelled in my education."

By Viridiana Gonzalez, Youth Afterschool Ambassador and junior at Texas Christian University. Although I grew up as a child in a low-income area with two working parents, I never knew the struggles that parents faced to keep their kids safe while trying to be financially stable. All I...

BY: Guest Blogger      07/30/19

Highlights from Utah's Capitol Hill Day and first-ever State of Afterschool report

By Kelly Riding, executive director of the Utah Afterschool Network. This past January, afterschool programs staff and students joined the Utah Afterschool Network for our second Annual Afterschool Day on Capitol Hill in Salt Lake City to speak with legislators and advocate for afterschool. Many...

BY: Guest Blogger      07/12/19

Mitigating ongoing stress of a pandemic: A toolkit for caregivers

By Bre Gentile, Ph.D.  and Molly Peterson, Msc. What do neighborhood scavenger hunts, family meals, talking about your feelings, and eight hours of sleep have in common? They are all ways that caregivers can help their families and young children lessen the impact of stress! Founded by...

BY: Guest Blogger      07/27/20

$1.35M for middle school out-of-school time programs

We’re thrilled to announce the winners of the New York Life Foundation’s 2020 Aim High grant competition, representing a $1,350,000 investment in middle school out-of-school time (OST) programs serving disadvantaged youth in communities across the nation. The Aim High initiative is part...

BY: Dan Gilbert      06/30/20

5 ways that afterschool buffers toxic stress

By Erin Hegarty and Lena Hoffman.  As we navigate new terrain during this year's Mental Health Awareness Month, the COVID-19 pandemic is opening up new conversations about how we can safeguard and strengthen the mental well-being of children, young people, and families. Thoroughout...

BY: Erin Hegarty      05/29/20

How to build empathy through virtual learning: Bite-size Empatico Skills

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BY: Erin Hegarty      05/04/20

How Horton's Kids is serving kids in their community during COVID-19

Transitioning to Virtual Learning During COVID-19 Horton’s Kids is a 21st Century Community Learning Center program serving K-12 students from the Wellington Park community in Southeast Washington, DC. When schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Horton’s Kids quickly...

BY: Chandler Hall      04/27/20

Lessons learned & opportunities to grow after A Nation At Hope's first year

On January 29, America’s Promise Alliance held a Whole Child Movement Convening: A Year After a Nation at Hope. A day of panels and conversations followed, all focusing on critical questions building on the work of the initial report: what do we know, where have we come, and what’s...

BY: Jillian Luchner      03/03/20

For effective SEL, staff need to learn new skills, too.

By Heather E. Daly, Ph.D., director of Courageous Hearts, an organization committed to educating afterschool staff with drug education and prevention content; and Normandie Nigh, chief executive officer of A World Fit for Kids, whose mission is to prepare young people for fit and...

BY: Guest Blogger      05/31/19

Connecting the dots: Mental health and SEL in afterschool

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we’re highlighting the ways afterschool programs support children and young people as they face challenges including trauma, ACEs, substance use, and beyond. Read the full series here. As Mental Health Awareness Month draws to a close, we here...

BY: Dan Gilbert      05/30/19

Help youth build empathy & earn an Amazon gift card

Looking for ways to engage your students with peers from different backgrounds to build social emotional skills? Look no further. Empatico connects groups of students ages 6-11 with peers domestically and around the world. Through a combination of live video and activities, youth have the...

BY: Alex Crooks      05/24/19

A deeper approach to drug use prevention

By Heather E. Daly, Ph.D., director of Courageous Hearts, an organization committed to educating after school staff with drug education and prevention content; and Normandie Nigh, chief executive officer of A World Fit for Kids, whose mission is to prepare young people for fit and...

BY: Guest Blogger      05/21/19

Dear Beautiful Black Boy, Dear World

Photo taken by Seneca Wells, Life Pieces To Masterpieces By Life Pieces To Masterpieces. Life Pieces To Masterpieces uses artistic expression to develop character and leadership, unlock potential, and prepare African American boys and young men to transform their lives and communities....

BY: Guest Blogger      08/14/20

Afterschool Alliance releases blueprint for how afterschool programs & community partners can assist as schools reopen

From the White House to governors' mansions, there is currently a lot of discussion occurring about how and when schools should reopen for the 2020-2021 school year. That conversation ultimately will need to happen in the local communities of about 13,500 school districts nationwide, and each...

BY: Jodi Grant      07/14/20

Statement from Barry Ford in response to a national tragedy

By Barry Ford, J.D., president and CEO of Council for a Strong America. This article was originally published on Council for a Strong America on June 3, 2020. As millions take to the streets in communities across this country to express their outrage and anger at the senseless and horrific...

BY: Guest Blogger      06/18/20

Broken windows are the residue of broken promises

What we see on the streets of Minneapolis and cities across the nation is a battle of competing visions. The first vision consists of private beliefs about people’s role in the American social order, their right to power, and the ability to pick society’s winners and losers. The...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      06/10/20

Like Ahmaud Arbery, I live in small town Georgia. A frightening world awaits.

By Terell Wright. Terell, 17, attends Walnut Grove High School and enjoys politics and writing, and aspires to work in public policy. This blog post was originally published on May 7, 2020 at VOX ATL. VOX ATL is a teen-driven, professional space and a learning environment for diverse teens in...

BY: Guest Blogger      06/09/20

Our work is more critical than ever. Time to raise our voices even louder.

These are enormously difficult times, and every child and every family has been affected by the health and justice crises our country is facing. All of us in this field have dedicated ourselves to promoting equity by improving access to high-quality afterschool and summer programs. We have long...

BY: Jodi Grant      06/02/20

Breaking the cycle of substance use at Camp Mariposa

By Rose Frey, winter intern for 2019-2020 at the Afterschool Alliance. Photo courtesy of Camp Mariposa's website. There are more than 9 million children in the U.S. that are living in a home with a parent who uses illicit drugs, and these children are at high-risk for a host of issues....

BY: Guest Blogger      03/06/20

Local data for community-based prevention: Vermont Youth Project's role in reducing substance use among teens

New data released by the Vermont Youth Project (VYP) indicates risk and protective factors for teens around “family, school, peer groups, and out-of-school time activities.” Among the findings are relatively high substance use figures among teens, as well as an indication of large...

BY: Erin Hegarty      03/02/20

Representing afterschool during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

When we say that afterschool programs keep children and young people safe, we aren’t only talking about risky behaviors and crime. The welcoming environments, supportive networks, and caring adults that afterschool programs offer are themselves protective factors for a range of issues that...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      02/24/20

Afterschool Spotlight: Appalachian Youth to Youth

By Rose Frey, winter intern for 2019-2020 at the Afterschool Alliance. Photo courtesy of Appalachian Youth to Youth's Facebook page. In 2017, Partners Aligned Toward Health (PATH) established Appalachian Youth to Youth in two rural counties in western North Carolina, utilizing the Youth to...

BY: Guest Blogger      02/18/20