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Meet our 2023 Youth Afterschool Ambassadors

We are excited to announce our 2023 class of Youth Afterschool Ambassadors–seven students from across the country! These students were selected for this year’s ambassador program on the basis of their written and video submissions, in which they described the impact afterschool programming has had on their lives and the passion they have for advocating for these programs.

The Youth Ambassadors will spend the next few months connecting with one another and developing their advocacy skills to continue sharing their experiences and spreading the word about the importance of afterschool programs. The program will culminate with participation in the annual Afterschool Alliance Youth Voice Week and the opportunity for students to come to Washington, D.C. and speak with members of Congress and their aides.

The seven Youth Afterschool Ambassadors in this year’s class live in Alabama, California, Delaware, Florida, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Washington. They are:

  • Madelyn Hinkleman, from Summit, South Dakota’s Afterschool Network, age 16
  • Katelyn Miller, from Birmingham, Alabama’s Create 205 Lab, age 17
  • Jamora Arroyo-Jefferson, from Miami, Florida’s PAMM (Perez Art Museum Miami) Teen Arts Council, Miami Waterkeeper Junior Ambassador Program, Breakthrough Miami, and The Children’s Trust of Miami-Dade Youth Advisory Committee, age 17
  • Spencer Harrison, from Pryor, Oklahoma’s Tiger Pride Clubs, age 13
  • Nekayla Stokes, from New Castle, Delaware’s Black Student Union, Delaware Afterschool Network, and United Way of Delaware, age 15
  • Trinity Ansley, from San Diego, San Diego Urban League, Project Ready, age 17
  • Avery Resigner, from Puyallup, Washington’s Kids Rank Afterschool Club, Summer Club, and Youth Advisory Board, age 16

“We are so proud to announce the selection of our 2023 Youth Ambassador Class,” said Jodi Grant, Afterschool Alliance Executive Director. “These extraordinary students will be ensuring that youth voices, concerns and solutions are heard by the afterschool field and decision-makers at the local, state, and national levels. I am looking forward to learning about their afterschool experiences and am proud to give them a platform to advocate for afterschool and the experiences that are meaningful to them. Afterschool programs keep students safe, inspire them to learn, provide peace of mind to working parents, and also help children re-engage and recover during this difficult time. But sadly, too many young people don't have a program available to them. I’m sure these Youth Ambassadors will be able to show us all why we need to expand afterschool programs to reach more of their peers.”

As we begin another year of continuing to advocate for comprehensive afterschool programs for every child, we are excited to lift up these incredible and inspiring youth voices in our work. Individual blogs from each of our Youth Ambassadors will be coming soon!

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