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Statement from Barry Ford in response to a national tragedy

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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 killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, we are confronted by a sense of tragic deja vu. Year after year, and sometimes month after month, unarmed African-American men and women are killed by the police with impunity. Efforts to reform police policy and practices have been slow and halting, making the work of the vast majority of good and honorable law enforcement officers and leaders more challenging.

George Floyd died because of the actions of one bad cop and the inaction of three other officers, but his death is not an isolated incident. It is the latest manifestation of deeply embedded systemic and persistent racial bias, whether implicit or explicit, in our society. So, while the quick decision of Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo to fire the four officers involved and the universal condemnation of the actions of those officers by the law enforcement community nationwide is heartening, it is only the first necessary step in what will be a long process of healing and justice.

When I saw the video of the killing of George Floyd, I didn’t see a stranger. I saw my son. I saw my late father. I saw myself. I am an African-American husband, father, son and non-profit leader. My sense of these identities has been heightened by this moment. I worry about the safety of my family, both nuclear and extended. I worry about the safety of my children, particularly my twenty-year-old, 6’3” son, who, after the killing of George Floyd, asked me if he is ever really safe when he leaves the house. And I worry about the civic and social fabric of our country, given our unfinished business on addressing systemic racism.

I am confident, despite the real pain of our current moment, that we can meet the challenges that lie ahead. I have that confidence because of the strength, courage and perseverance of my parents’ generation, the leadership and vision of many in my generation, and the activism and commitment of our children.

As president and CEO of Council for a Strong America, I think a lot about what it means to be a strong nation. For us, it starts with our vision statement, which is: “To strengthen the nation by promoting solutions that prepare young people to succeed.” What do we mean by wanting young people to succeed? We mean every child having a genuine opportunity to realize his or her full potential. What does that take? It takes every child being able to enjoy the benefits of high-quality early care and education. It takes every child having nutritious, balanced meals and safe and healthy spaces to play. And it takes every child getting what he or she needs to succeed academically, including access to high-quality K-12 schooling, afterschool, and summer learning programs.

As an organization that recruits, educates, and mobilizes law enforcement, military, business, faith, and sports leaders to be champions for public investments in kids, we approach our advocacy on these issues from the perspective of our members. Our members advocate for these investments in children and families because they strengthen our national security, build a smarter, more productive workforce, and keep kids and communities safe. We know, however, that the positive impact of these investments on children, families and communities is directly related to their equitable distribution and effective implementation.

For our nation to be truly strong, we must commit to the public investments necessary to ensure that every child can grow up safe, secure, healthy and well-educated; where a child’s life-chances are not dictated by the zip code in which they reside, the ethnic group to which they belong, or the financial circumstances of their family. That means we must take seriously the ongoing impact of systemic racism and structural disinvestment in communities of color throughout our nation, and dedicate ourselves to removing the barriers that prevent us from becoming the nation we aspire to be.

I do the work that I do, and lead the organization I lead, because I continue to believe that America can realize the promise of its founding documents. A society that is intentionally inclusive, where everyone has a real opportunity to realize their dreams, and where our public institutions are committed to the equitable allocation of resources and the fair provision of services in communities across our country. I do not know when America will realize its promise, but I know that it will only happen when we have made systemic and structural racism a relic of history.

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

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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

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

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

Resilience and creativity the cornerstone of Brighton Center's Youth Leadership Development and Teen Coalition

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BY: Ursula Helminski      05/28/20

Guest blog: Using the 5R model to build a new future for afterschool

By Christina K. Hanger, CEO of Dallas Afterschool. Founded in 2007, Dallas Afterschool improves the safety, quality, and availability of Out-of-School Time (OST) in Dallas County. Working with over 1,300 afterschool educators at 150 sites throughout Dallas, we positively impact...

BY: Guest Blogger      05/22/20

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

Views from VISTAs: Updates from April 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      05/21/20

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

How Horton's Kids is serving kids in their community during COVID-19: Part II - Finding Funding & Sustaining Impact

Horton’s Kids is a 21st Century Community Learning Center program serving K-12 students from the Wellington Park community in Southeast Washington, DC. Watch Horton’s Kids leadership team discuss the financial challenges they face during COVID-19 closures and how they are pivoting to...

BY: Chandler Hall      05/08/20

Staying connected & distributing resources: Afterschool’s response to COVID-19

Despite closures and social distancing, many providers are finding ways to stay connected with students and families. Afterschool programs are using remote check-ins with their students and families to ensure they’re safe and have the resources they need. A few of the strategies we’ve...

BY: Ursula Helminski      05/07/20

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

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BY: Erin Hegarty      05/04/20

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

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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

There’s no health without mental health. Physical activity can help.

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. Per the World Health Organization’s summary report,...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      05/09/19

Afterschool and ACEs: How Alaska promotes a trauma-engaged response

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. This is the second of a two-part series on preventing and...

BY: Erin Hegarty      05/03/19

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

A history of afterschool

Established fields have documented their history, and now thanks to Sam Piha, Temescal Associates, and the How Kids Learn Foundation, afterschool has its own historical documentary. I have been familiar with afterschool for more than 30 years and I still learned a LOT watching the one-hour...

BY: Jodi Grant      07/02/19

Sowing the seeds of afterschool programming in “afterschool deserts” in Illinois

By Susan Stanton, network lead, Afterschool for Children and Teens Now (ACT Now). Afterschool programs across our nation are doing incredible work and cover a wide array of services and outcomes. Yet the diversity in programming offerings can also make it difficult for program providers to...

BY: Guest Blogger      06/24/19

Guest blog: Self-care ideas: Give 1/Get 8

By Daniel W. Hatcher, MPH, director of Community Partnerships at Alliance for a Healthier Generation. This blog post was originally published on March 21, 2019 on the BOOST Breakfast Club blog. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we’re highlighting the ways afterschool...

BY: Guest Blogger      05/07/19

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

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

13 groups join forces for youth programs in new campaign: Be a Champion, #InvestInKids

By Edwin Link, national vice president at Boys & Girls Clubs of America. This week, 13 of the nation’s leading youth development programs launched Be a Champion, #InvestInKids to raise awareness and increase support for youth programs across the country. The Be a Champion,...

BY: Guest Blogger      01/23/20

Riley Institute at Furman University welcomes new class of policy fellows

Sixteen afterschool leaders began participating in the White-Riley-Peterson (WRP) Policy Fellowship this fall. Funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the WRP Fellowship is a 10-month, national program designed to equip graduates with a real-world understanding of policymaking for...

BY: Jen Rinehart      11/04/19

Aspiring software engineers in a Texas afterschool program win trip to Facebook HQ

By Afterschool Ambassador Johanna L. Friedel, director, Afterschool Center of Education at Greenville ISD in Texas. Real world, career experiences are a daily part of 21st Century Community Learning Center programs thanks to Facebook’s Engineer For The Week project (EFTW). Recently,...

BY: Guest Blogger      09/06/19

Recap: Annual Out-of-School Time Advisory Coalition meeting

This year’s Afterschool for All Challenge not only gathered passionate afterschool advocates together, but also included a meeting of advocates who support healthy eating and physical activity in the afterschool space. Through funding from Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint...

BY: Marisa Paipongna      06/28/19

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

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

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

Broken windows are the residue of broken promises

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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

It's SAMHSA Prevention Week

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 Every year in the third week of May, the Substance Abuse...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      05/13/19

Afterschool and ACEs: How Alaska promotes a trauma-engaged response

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. This is the second of a two-part series on preventing and...

BY: Erin Hegarty      05/03/19

From law enforcement to afterschool

By Michael “Bull” Brown, program director/CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Coffee County Region, in Douglas, Georgia. In honor of Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week, the Afterschool Snack will feature stories from our Afterschool Ambassadors and other professionals...

BY: Guest Blogger      04/23/19