Supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the City Leaders Engaged in Afterschool Reforms (CLEAR) project helped expand the numbers of municipal officials engaged in building citywide afterschool systems and aligning in-school and out-of-school learning.
This grant built upon the Integrating Afterschool and Education Reform and Municipal Leadership for Expanded Learning Opportunities grants from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, which enabled the YEF Institute to work closely with municipal leaders in 14 cities to engage them in the provision of high-quality afterschool programs.
In July 2005, NLCI selected the 12 cities to participate in Phase I of the CLEAR technical assistance project.
YEF Institute staff conducted "opportunity scans" for each city that were used to developed comprehensive assessments documenting each city's strengths, challenges, and next steps to consider as in building a citywide afterschool system.
Eight cities cities were selected to pariticipate in Phase II of the project:
Cross-site meetings of city teams were held in Nov. 2005 in Baltimore and Oct. 2006 in Denver, the latter of which was held in conjunction with an Afterschool Leadership Academy. Project cities also received opportunities to participate in regular conference calls with their peers from other cities, individualized calls and site visits with YEF Institute staff, and access to other national experts on afterschool.
The CLEAR Project also provided the YEF Institute to launch the Afterschool Policy Advisors Network (APAN) and convene the first National City Afterschool Summit in May 2006 in conjunction with the Afterschool Alliance's Afterschool for All Challenge in Washington, D.C.