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Virginia’s Out-of-School Time Summit

The Power of Out-of-School Time: Engaging Youth, Strengthening Families,
and Transforming Communities

On June 6, 2012 nearly 200 active community leaders including mayors, county superintendents, policy makers, city managers, school division superintendents, police chiefs, CEOs of youth serving organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs and YMCAs, directors of city departments, funders, and more from across the state gathered to build champions for Engaging Youth, Strengthening Families, and Transforming Communities in Virginia cities and communities statewide. Hosted by Richmond's Mayor, Dwight Jones at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, local level leaders from around the state built knowledge and public will in support of Engaging Youth, Strengthening Families, and Transforming Communities, by creating champions at the local level who can lead community-based efforts to increase supports and services for their youth.  The event included representatives from the National League of Cities, Wallace Foundation, Virginia Municipal League, Virginia Association of Counties, and Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time.   


Afterschool Programs in Peril

In communities from coast to coast, afterschool programs are making a huge difference, keeping children safe, inspiring them to learn, and helping their working parents. Understanding that schools alone won't address all of our children's needs, afterschool programs complement and supplement the school day, often coordinating closely with teachers and principals to help students succeed. Support for quality afterschool programs is needed more than ever, yet the Department of Education is embracing policies that could devastate afterschool funding and the partnerships that make them so strong.

Today's afterschool programs are innovation labs for learning. Through decades of practice and evaluation, they have refined the "afterschool approach" to expanding learning: offering hands-on experiences that make lessons come alive, often in collaboration with community-based organizations, businesses, colleges and universities, museums and local government.

Students in afterschool programs are exposed to a range of horizon-expanding opportunities. From an expert on robotics, they might learn to design and build a robot to compete nationally. From a local chef, they might learn to prepare a tasty and nutritious meal. From a local business leader, they might get insights into making a business click. From a nearby museum curator, they might get a look behind the scenes of a local science center, and learn about careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. And from a local university professor or college student, they might get a tour of a college campus and start imagining how they could fit into the picture after high school.


Second Annual Leadership Summit

The Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time (VPOST) hosted their 2nd Annual Leadership Summit on October 13, 2011 at the Sheraton Park South Hotel in Richmond.  In attendance were 63 guests from a diverse array of organizations across Virginia.  Chairman of the Executive Committee, Dr. Mark Emery, welcomed the guests, gave a brief history of the organization, and cited some persuasive statistics on the complexion of the out-of-school arena in the Commonwealth.  Dr. Emery is the Administrator for the Office of After-School Programs in Fairfax County Public Schools and a founding member of VPOST.  He spoke about need for quality out-of-school time programs to keep our youth from engaging in at-risk behaviors and to help them prosper in the workforce.  Dr. Emery introduced Blaire Denson, the Director of VPOST, to moderate the sessions throughout the day.



Richmond to Host Mayoral Summit on Afterschool Learning Opportunities

~Virginia is one of nine states selected nationwide to host educational expansion meetings~ 

Richmond, VA – Mayor Dwight C. Jones and the Virginia Partnership For Out-Of-School Time (VPOST) are proud to announce that the city of Richmond will host a Mayoral Summit on June 6, 2012 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center to discuss the need for before and after school programs, summer activities and other out-of-school time (OST) learning opportunities for youth. To strengthen ways that city and state leaders collaborate to provide these opportunities, the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education and Families (YEF Institute) has selected nine statewide afterschool networks from across the country to host mayoral summits on expanding access to afterschool programs and building citywide OST systems. The project is generously supported through a partnership between the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and The Wallace Foundation. Planning for a 2012 Richmond Mayoral Summit will begin in the upcoming weeks.



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Mark Emery Honored as an Afterschool Champion in Nation’s Capital



The Afterschool Alliance honored Mark H. Emery, Ph.D., Administrator for After-School Programs for Fairfax County Public Schools, for his support for afterschool programs at the “Breakfast of Champions,” a gala event in Washington, D.C. featuring FIRST Robotics founder Dean Kamen.


Organizational Development and Strategic Planning Session

Eighteen members of the Leadership Council attended an Organizational Development and Strategic Planning Session for The Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time (VPOST) on March 31st and April 1st at the Hotel Sierra in Richmond, Virginia. Janelle Cousino from the Afterschool Technical Assistance Collaborative and Katie Campbell from Skye Consulting co-facilitated the planning session. 



Gov. McDonnell knows how important it is to keep the lights on after school. Here's what he had to say:

"This governor enthusiastically endorses Lights On Afterschool and commits our state to engage in innovative afterschool programs and activities that ensure the lights stay on and the doors stay open for all children after school."

Afterschool advocates like you have been working tirelessly to make Virginia's Lights On Afterschool celebrations the best yet! So far, 180 celebrations have been registered in your state, but there's still more you can do to shine a light on the Virginia programs that keep kids safe, inspire learning and help working families.

Bob McDonnell has issued an official proclamation making Oct. 17 #LightsOnAfterschool Day! Share how you're celebrating Lights On Afterschool and the programs that keep our kids safe, inspire learning and help working families in Virginia! http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/loaHostEvent.cfm


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