Statewide Mayoral Summits on Afterschool & Expanded Learning

In 2012, with support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and The Wallace Foundation, the YEF Institute provided statewide afterschool networks in nine states with technical and financial assistance to host mayoral summits on afterschool and expanded learning. Summits took place in Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia or Washington, and were sponsored in partnership with state municipal leagues.

The nine statewide networks selected include:

Statewide mayoral summits took place in the following locations:

  • St. Paul, Minn.
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Federal Way and Cheney, Wash.
  • Richmond, Va.
  • Ocean City, Md.
  • Florence, Ore.
  • Lake Charles, La.
  • Trevose and Monroeville, Pa.
  • Kearney, Neb.

Each summit brought together mayors, city councilmembers, state agency officials, school and business leaders, and community partners to discuss how to expand afterschool opportunities for youth by improving policies and partnerships at the state and city levels.

The convenings were designed to give municipal officials an opportunity to connect with peers from across their states, learn about successful efforts to create citywide systems of afterschool, join forces with other mayors to influence state afterschool policy, and develop strategic partnerships with networks and state agency leaders to advance local afterschool initiatives. To learn more, contact Bela Shah Spooner at (202) 626-3057 or spooner@nlc.org.

2009-10 Statewide Mayoral Summits
An earlier round of statewide mayoral summits on afterschool held in 2009 and 2010 with support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation helped mayors and other municipal leaders in Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan and South Carolina learn how they can use out-of-school time programs to address a broad range of city priorities, including education, workforce preparedness, public safety and children's health.

These summits also connected city leaders with their statewide afterschool networks. In 41 states, these networks foster powerful statewide partnerships to impact state policy on afterschool, increase funding and improve the quality of programs.