APAN May Newsletter

May 21, 2014

Afterschool Policy Advisors Network

Greetings APAN Members,

This month we are focusing on the importance of municipal leadership in afterschool. Mayors and city councilmembers have an essential role to play in creating, expanding and improving afterschool programs in their local communities. Strong municipal leadership is even more important when a community is trying to coordinate disparate afterschool efforts into a coherent citywide afterschool system. Vocal and visible leadership from municipal leaders that demonstrates commitment and acknowledges the important role that afterschool programs play can be instrumental in bringing a community together around this issue. Utilizing the bully pulpit to discuss community challenges facing children and youth can galvanize the public to support afterschool efforts.

City Spotlight: Hammond, Louisiana

Cities with municipal leadership that is committed to out-of-school-time programming are more likely to provide high-quality learning opportunities for youth and children. This is true for large and small cities alike, including Hammond, La.

The City of Hammond is located between New Orleans and Baton Rouge and has approximately 20,000 residents. Concerned with the overall health of the community and the lack of out-of-school time opportunities for young people in particular, Hammond Councilman Lemar F. Marshall worked with the Louisiana Center for Afterschool Learning (LACAL) and NLC to learn how other cities are implementing afterschool programs and gain a better understanding of the steps and resources needed to create a citywide afterschool program in his community. 

The Hammond Youth Education Alliance was established in 2013 to ensure all young people have access to high quality afterschool and summer learning opportunities. The formation of the Alliance is highly credited to Councilman Marshall’s passion, energy and leadership around the issue.

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Statewide Mayoral Summits on Afterschool Highlight Cradle to Career Approaches and Afterschool as a Workforce Development Strategy

Last week, New York and New Hampshire both held statewide mayoral summits that focused on the importance of afterschool and expanded learning for children and youth in their communities. The summits served to:  

  • Raise awareness of the critical roles mayors can play to support afterschool.
  • Connect mayors with peers from across their states.
  • Highlight successful approaches to building citywide afterschool systems.
  • Engage mayors in efforts to strengthen state afterschool policies.
  • Provide attendees the opportunity to develop strategic partnerships among city leaders, statewide afterschool networks and state agencies that advance local afterschool initiatives.

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Saint Paul and Dayton Host Community Conversations  

NLC President Chris Coleman, Mayor of Saint Paul, Minn., and Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton, Ohio have recently hosted Community Conversations on education and afterschool that highlight the important role mayors can play in leading educational change in their communities. These conversations are a result of an MOU between NLC and the U.S. Department of Education. In Saint Paul, Mayor Coleman addressed city leaders and community stakeholders in a two-day conference focused on social and emotional learning. He also wrote an excellent Op-Ed in the Minneapolis Star Tribune about the event and the importance of social and emotional learning in developing an effective, comprehensive educational model that helps close the achievement gap and prepares young people for today’s workforce. For more from Mayor Chris Coleman on social and emotional learning, watch his inspiring talk at NLC’s recent Big Ideas for Cities event.

At the community conversation in Dayton, Mayor Whaley stressed the importance of broad community participation in order to ensure children’s success from cradle to career. She highlighted the City of Learners initiative that supports Dayton’s schools and students in achieving new levels of success. 

YEF Institute Recognized as Afterschool Leader

Clifford M. Johnson, Executive Director of NLC’s YEF Institute, is recognized as one of the top 25 most influential people in afterschool by the National AfterSchool Association (NAA). NAA is the membership association for professionals who work with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to provide a wide variety of extended learning opportunities and care during out-of-school hours.

SAVE THE DATE: Summer Learning Day is Right Around the Corner - June 20, 2014!

Summer Learning Day is a national advocacy day recognized to spread awareness about the importance of summer learning in helping close the achievement gap and support healthy development for our nation’s youth in communities all across the country. This day of celebration is supported by elected officials and policymakers, public agencies, nonprofit organizations, parents, schools, universities, museums, libraries and summer camps across the country. Whatever your role in supporting summer learning is, there are so many ways to celebrate Summer Learning Day!

Visit the National Summer Learning Association’s Ways to Celebrate to learn how you can help spread the word. Also, visit the Event Map to add your event or find a Summer Learning Day event near you!

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