Awards & Recognition

NAA and our partners are doing some great things to elevate the field of afterschool!


Monday, 31 October 2022 15:20

NAA's Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders identifies young leaders and recognizes and cultivates the talent of afterschool champions who have the potential to influence the field of afterschool for years to come. The selected emerging leader honorees will have demonstrated contributions that have started to influence beyond individual programs to organizations and communities, a proven passion for developing themselves and others, active engagement in efforts to elevate the afterschool field, and demonstrated persistence in their work to grow as leaders. 

Join NAA in recognizing extraordinary individuals, age 30 or under -firm believers in the power of afterschool―who are vested in things like advocacy, professional development, creative program design, the power of youth voice, data and evaluation, and social justice. 

If you know of a candidate worthy of this honor, review the information below and submit your nomination!


For the Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders 2023, NAA will highlight individuals age 30 or under as of November 1, 2022 who are:

  • Active in the broader afterschool community, including, but not limited to membership in NAA and its state affiliates
  • Actively engaged in efforts to elevate the afterschool field and profession

In addition, successful nominees will demonstrate:

  • A proven passion for developing themselves and others, and persistence in growing as a leader
  • Contributions that have started to influence entire organizations, communities, and beyond
  • The NAA Core Knowledge, Skills, and Competencies (CKSCs) at the Apply Level, moving toward Amplify in many of the CKSC content areas.

Other Considerations:

  • NAA appreciates all afterschool professionals and leaders, but in this case, we are searching for exceptional young leaders. 
  • Successful nominations will share specific examples that demonstrate the full extent of why a candidate is deserving of this unique, national recognition. 
  • To ensure that honorees are representative of the diverse communities served by our profession, we encourage nominations of Black, Indigenous, and other emerging leaders of color. 

Each honoree will receive a free NAA Executive membership, a free NAA22 Convention registration, ongoing leadership development, support in broadening their professional networks, and other opportunities to expand their impact. Those selected must be willing to respond to a written interview, submit a professional photo, agree to be featured in the Spring 2023 issue of AfterSchool Today magazine, and be highlighted on NAA's social channels and digital content. 


Nomination period: November 1- December 7, 2022


"This group of leaders represents the creativity, dedication, and commitment of the best of our next generation of the afterschool profession. We are honored to recognize them because we know the important role strong leadership plays in promoting positive outcomes for the children and youth." - Gina Warner, President and CEO, National AfterSchool Association