This year, VPOST developed a Community-Based Organizations (CBO) Program to help navigate the licensing/exemption process, and provide support when it comes to financial management, data collection, and reporting for their 21st Century grants. Our CBO Program Manager, Brent Holsinger, assists and supports our CBOs who have been awarded a 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) grant and help them successfully implement their 21st Century-funded summer and after-school programs.

The entire VPOST team looks forward to finding ways to share and celebrate the amazing work that our CBOs are doing through their out-of-school time programs so that we can make a compelling case for continued funding from the General Assembly.

VPOST was thrilled to join the Afterschool Alliance and On the Road Collaborative to present at the Engage Every Student Summit in Washington D.C. about the State of Afterschool in 2023 and the role of American Rescue Plan funding.

The Engage Every Student Summit marked the 1-year anniversary of Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona’s “bold call to action to provide high-quality out-of-school time learning opportunities for every child who wants to participate.”

Brent Holsinger, VPOST Program Manager, had the opportunity to share how American Rescue Plan funding has led to a major expansion of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program in Virginia, resulting in a $3 million increased investment and an additional 1,000 students to be served in summer and after-school programs during 2023-2024.

Lights on Afterschool

On October 26th, 2023, VPOST participated alongside the Afterschool Alliance and out-of-school time (OST) programs across the nation to celebrate Lights on Afterschool. This event is the only nationwide celebration of afterschool programs and their important role thy play in the lives of children, families, and communities.

Across the Commonwealth, OST programs hosted fundraisers, drives, costume parties, and more family fun to help show the impact of afterschool programming. Check out the celebrations of Boys & Girls Clubs of Blue Ridge, Girls for a Change, NextUpRVA, and On the Road Collaborative to see just a few of the communities shining a light on OST programs.

Regional Coalitions

Alexandria Youth Success & Fairfax OST

Fairfax Out-of-School Time Network

Harrisonburg OST Coalition

Hampton Roads Alliance

Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond