Afterschool Awards

Recognizing excellence in the afterschool field

Afterschool programs nationwide work tirelessly to advance literacy, STEM learning, and other critical subject areas. The Afterschool Alliance and our generous funders are committed to recognizing these efforts—learn more about our award opportunities and get inspired by past winners.

Nominate a program for the second Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award by August 27, 2015!

 

 

 

The Afterschool Alliance and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation are pleased to announce the return of the Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award. This time, the focus of the award is on afterschool programs that have demonstrated excellence in providing year-round literacy support to help improve their students’ reading, writing and critical thinking skills. Eligible afterschool programs have the chance to win $10,000 and be recognized in a joint Dollar General Literacy Foundation and Afterschool Alliance issue brief.

Download a copy of the nomination form to review questions prior to filling out and submitting the online form. Click here to nominate a program today.

Nominations are now open, and will close Aug. 27, 2015. 

Eligible afterschool programs will:

  • Operate both during the school year and during the summer. Summer-only programs are not eligible.
  • Have a strong literacy component focused on improving their students’ reading, writing or comprehension skills.

Additionally, in a departure from the previous Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award, afterschool programs eligible for this award may serve students of any age, including elementary, middle and high school students.

The winner will:

  • Be announced in Spring 2016
  • Receive $10,000 for their program
  • Be featured in an issue brief that showcases their work developing students’ literacy skills
  • Have the opportunity to present on webinars and at national conferences
If you have any questions about the Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award, please contact Nikki Yamashiro at nyamashiro@afterschoolalliance.org.

Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award Winner

The New American Pathways’ Bright Futures Afterschool Program, located in Atlanta, Georgia, was awarded the first-ever Dollar General Literacy Foundation and Afterschool Alliance joint Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award.   Bright Futures focuses on ensuring that Atlanta’s refugee students are academically prepared to enter high school—providing targeted one-on-one support to students who are at the highest risk of falling behind academically, as well as offering a host of support services to families, including helping students’ parents understand and navigate a school system that is new to them.

The program was recognized at the National AfterSchool Association annual convention and Afterschool Alliance Afterschool for All Challenge.  Bright Futures’ education and youth manager Peter Epstein, middle school youth coordinator Mary Kathryn Tippett, eighth grader Bishal Mager and sixth grader Paler Mar accepted the award on behalf of the program.

 
 

From 2007 through 2014, the Afterschool Alliance and MetLife Foundation worked together on the MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Awards to raise awareness about the innovative and exemplary work taking place in afterschool programs around the country. During the course of the awards’ six rounds, close to 100 afterschool programs in 30 states were featured in MetLife Foundation issue briefs, and the MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Award was presented to 31 afterschool programs. In all, the Afterschool Alliance and the MetLife Foundation awarded approximately a quarter-million dollars in total awards.

The MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Awards were able to shine a light on the myriad of ways afterschool programs support their students, families and communities, addressing topics from keeping kids safe and supported in the hours after school to fostering parent engagement to helping students become more involved in their community. More than 20 MetLife Foundation issue briefs and half a dozen compendium pieces were written to delve into the critical issues facing children, schools and communities and the vital role afterschool programs play to address these issues.

In its final year, the MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Award winners were honored at the “Breakfast of Champions”—a gala event in Washington, D.C., which is a part of the Afterschool for All Challenge. Hundreds of educators, parents, afterschool leaders and advocates from across the U.S. attended the event where the winners were each presented with a $10,000 check from the MetLife Foundation. Learn more about the award winning programs in the MetLife Foundation issue briefs and compendiums.

MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Award Winners

From 2007 through 2014, the Afterschool Alliance and MetLife Foundation worked together on the MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Awards to raise awareness about the innovative and exemplary work taking place in afterschool programs around the country. We continue to be inspired by these past winners who have made so many important contributions to the field over the years.

2014/2013: AS220 Youth (Providence, RI); Hope Street Family Center—Youth Center (Los Angeles, CA); The Baltimore Urban Debate League (Baltimore, MD); Big Thought’s Thriving Minds After-School program (Dallas, TX); BUILD, Inc. (Chicago, IL)

2012: Green Energy Technologies in the City (GET City) (Lansing, MI); The Wooden Floor (Santa Ana, CA); Latino Arts Strings & Mariachi Juvenil Program (Milwaukee, WI); Kid Power, Inc.-The VeggieTime Project, (Washington, D.C.); and Parma Learning Center (Parma, ID).

2011:  Kids Rethink New Orleans (New Orleans, LA); Higher Achievement (Washington, D.C.); Urban Arts/Project Phoenix  (Oakland, CA); 21st Century PASOS (Gettysburg, PA); and America SCORES (Chicago, IL).

2010: Cypress Hills/East New York (CHENY) Beacon Program (Brooklyn, NY); Junior ACE (Sacramento, CA); Learning through an Expanded Arts Program - LeAp 22 (Bronx, NY); San Antonio Youth Centers (San Antonio, TX); Science Club for Girls and C.E.L.L.S. - Career Exploration, Leadership and Life Skills (Cambridge, MA); and The Bridge Project (Denver, CO).

2009: Colorado MESA (Denver, CO); the Student Success Jobs Program (Boston, MA); Arizona ICAN (Chandler, AZ); the RiverzEdge Arts Project (Woonsocket, RI); Challenging Horizons Program (Columbia, SC); and the Ann Arbor Teen Center’s Neutral Zone (Ann Arbor, MI).

2008: LA’s BEST (Los Angeles, CA); Lincoln Community Learning Centers (Lincoln, NE); Native Youth Club (Sioux Falls, SD); and The After-School Corporation (New York, NY).

MetLife Foundation Issue Briefs

During the course of the awards’ six rounds, more than 20 MetLife Foundation issue briefs were written to delve into the critical issues facing children, schools and communities and the vital role afterschool programs play to address these issues.

Looking at the Data: Afterschool Programs Using Data to Better Serve Students (August 2014)

Keeping Kids Safe and Supported in the Hours After School (May 2014)

Afterschool Supporting Students with Disabilities and Other Special Needs (February 2014)

Afterschool and the Common Core State Standards (January 2014)

Digital Media & Learning in Afterschool (February 2013)

Afterschool: A Key to Successful Parent Engagement (October 2012)

Arts Enrichment in Afterschool (September 2012)

Afterschool: An Ally in Promoting Middle School Improvement (July 2012)

Service-Learning in Afterschool: Helping Students Grow and Communities Prosper (November 2011)

Literacy in Afterschool: An Essential Building Block for Learning and Development (November 2011)

Afterschool: A Strategy for Addressing and Preventing Middle School Bullying (October 2011)

Aligning Afterschool with the Regular School Day: The Perfect Complement (July 2011)

Afterschool: Supporting Career and College Pathways for Middle School Age Youth (January 2011)

Afterschool: Key to Health and Wellness for Pre-Teens and Teens (November 2010)

Afterschool: Middle School and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (September 2010)

Afterschool: Providing Multiple Benefits to Middle School Students (June 2010)

Afterschool: A Place for Older Youth to Mentor and Be Mentored (September 2009)

Afterschool: A High School Dropout Prevention Tool (July 2009)

Recruiting and Retaining Older Youth in Afterschool (April 2009)

Afterschool and Workforce Development: Helping Kids Compete (April 2009)

Afterschool: Supporting Family Involvement in Schools (March 2008)

Afterschool Fosters Success in School (February 2008)

Afterschool: The Bridge Connecting Schools and Communities (November 2007)

Afterschool: A Powerful Path to Teacher Recruitment and Retention (July 2007)

MetLife Foundation Compendiums

During the course of the awards’ six rounds, more than a half dozen MetLife Foundation compendium pieces were written to delve into the critical issues facing children, schools and communities and the vital role afterschool programs play to address these issues.

Afterschool in Action: Promoting Middle School Success Through Innovative Afterschool Programs (2014)

Afterschool in Action: Innovative Afterschool Programs Supporting Middle School Youth (2013)

Afterschool in Action: How Innovative Afterschool Programs Address Critical Issues Facing Middle School Youth (2012)

Afterschool Innovations in Brief: Engaging Middle School Youth (2011)

Afterschool Innovations in Brief: Focusing on Older Youth (2009)

Afterschool Innovations in Brief (2008)

STEM Impact Award

 

In Spring 2013, the Afterschool Alliance and the Noyce Foundation invited applications for two $10,000 Afterschool STEM Impact Awards. As afterschool STEM programming grows around the nation, we wanted to recognize programs that are clearly demonstrating an impact on participants. Such programs highlight the power of afterschool programs as key partners in STEM education reform and also serve as best-practice models. We received almost 200 applications across the two award categories:

  1. Partnerships with STEM-rich institutions – highlighting partnerships between an afterschool provider and a science center, museum, nature center, university, government lab or STEM business.

WINNER: Science Club, a partnership led by Northwestern University with the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago and teachers from Chicago Public Schools.

  1. Engineering and/or computing content focus – highlighting afterschool programs that focus on the engineering design process to develop a solution to a problem, and afterschool programs that focus on technology creation like coding, programming mobile apps or games, etc.

WINNER: Project GUTS (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically), a computer science afterschool program where middle school students use computer programming to solve complex, real-world issues.

It was a tough decision to choose just two winners from among so many excellent programs! The Afterschool Alliance promoted Science Club and Project GUTS nationally through a variety of opportunities. Both programs hosted their own Lights On Afterschool events and were featured in a special series of issue briefs, participated in webinars, co-presented at national and state conferences, and were continuously highlighted as model programs.