Awards & Recognition

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

Ellen S. Gannett, M.ED.

Ellen S. Gannett is director of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College. A national action/research project, NIOST has provided research, evaluation, technical assistance, consultation, and specialized training on afterschool programs throughout the United States for more than thirty-five years.

Lucy N. Friedman, Ph.D.

Founding President, TASC

Dr. Lucy N. Friedman is the founding president of TASC, which is dedicated to expanding the school day to give disadvantaged kids more opportunities to discover and develop their talents; more support to overcome the challenges of poverty; and more time to achieve at the high levels essential for success in the global workplace. Before joining TASC, Friedman was the founding executive director of Safe Horizon (formerly known as Victim Services), a crime victim assistance and advocacy organization. She serves on several boards, including the Afterschool Alliance, Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA), and the Human Services Council. She is co-chair of the New York State Afterschool Network (NYSAN) and a member of the executive committee of the Coalition for Science After School. Friedman received a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. in social psychology from Columbia University.

Terri Ferinde Dunham

Partner, Collaborative Communications Group
Lead, National Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks

Terri Ferinde Dunham is working to create new learning systems where schools and communities work together to expand learning opportunities for young people. She’s most often found behind the afterschool field scenes, bringing people together, writing about what works, and managing the resources and supports needed to build systems.

For more than a decade, Terri has managed the National Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks funded by the C.S. Mott Foundation, with forty-seven statewide networks and partnerships focused on policy and funding for quality afterschool programs across the country.

Terri is publisher of and an author in the groundbreaking compendium Expanding Minds and Opportunities, Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs for Student Success (2013). She serves as director of the Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project, a fifty-state initiative harnessing the power of networks and leaders to help schools and communities leverage the time beyond school to accelerate student achievement by sharing research on high-quality expanded learning; identifying and spreading best practices in afterschool and summer learning; and sharing affordable, sustainable, and effective expanded learning approaches.

With broad and deep knowledge of issues affecting afterschool, Terri has led and supported projects for influential afterschool organizations including the National AfterSchool Association, Afterschool Alliance, Wallace Foundation, Coalition for Science After School, United Way WorldWide, National 4-H Council, Georgia Afterschool Alliance, Arizona Center for After School Excellence, and other local initiatives. She led the development of many afterschool-related products from the National Association of Elementary School Principals, including Leading After-School Learning Communities: What Principals Should Know and Be Able To Do.

Terri works with organizations focused on in- and out-of-school learning to develop networks, strategize new initiatives, and build capacity. As a partner at Collaborative Communications Group, she has managed, facilitated, and supported groups that expand learning opportunities and redefine professional development for clients such as the National Academy Foundation, Council of Chief State School Officers, and the Alliance for Excellent Education. Collaborative has produced dozens of award-winning publications and online tools for educators.

Prior to her Collaborative role, Terri served for ten years at the U.S. Department of Education, where she produced a live, interactive television program featuring school and community leaders. For this work, she was recognized as a Fellow with the Council for Excellence in Government. She holds a master's degree in public administration and a bachelor's degree in communications and government from the American University.

In her community, Terri serves as chair of the board of the Greenbrier Learning Center, an afterschool and summer learning program serving students in Arlington, Virginia. She is a former PTA president and school-board appointed chair of an out-of-school time advisory committee.

What are the accomplishments you are most proud of?
From an initial meeting on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, with nine states to the force field it is today, I am incredibly proud of the development of the national network statewide afterschool networks. The true accomplishments are not mine, but the forty-two dedicated, tireless, creative state leads who guide their networks to shape policy and secure funding for afterschool programs. My work is convening these people, connecting the dots, and coordinating technical assistance.  

In Expanding Minds and Opportunities, my co-authors and I find this sometimes invisible but veritable force field of organizations, policies, funding, networks, and research creates opportunities and removes barriers to expanded learning opportunities for millions of young people in rural and suburban communities, as well as small towns and large urban areas nationwide. I am proud of my work in supporting these organizations and providing them the tools and systems they need to accomplish their work to serve children and families.

I have convened literally thousands of people in national, state, and local gatherings to develop collective vision, knowledge, and tools for afterschool and summer learning programs. From a communitywide strategic plan for afterschool in Greenville, South Carolina, to the 2014 National AfterSchool Association Convention with 2,100 afterschool professionals, I bring resources and expertise together to build the field. A notable example was the 2003 After School Summit with U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige and then-actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, which we convened in three weeks and was credited with turning the tide for federal afterschool funding at the time.

Where do you see the field in ten years?
More than seven years since the publication of A New Day for Learning, released by a task force I coordinated on behalf of the C.S. Mott Foundation, I believe we are still striving for that “comprehensive, seamless approach to learning that values the distinct experiences that families, schools, afterschool programs, and communities provide for children.”

In the next ten years, I see the field as strong as ever, drawing on its youth development foundation to expand a range of learning opportunities for young people. I can imagine the field even more central in competency-based learning systems, where afterschool professionals can help young people find their passions, build portfolios, and earn credit based on the learning experiences that happen beyond the school day and walls. I know that afterschool programs and systems will be issuing digital badges to recognize the learning and skills gained in programs. And I dream that afterschool and summer learning will be the norm in every school and community with established partners and funding streams.

What are the biggest opportunities for the afterschool industry?
Afterschool programs offer the time, space, and place for innovation. Our opportunity as a field is to embrace this notion and find the tools, resources, and approaches that engage young people and build skills in a range of social, emotional, physical, and academic domains. From the Maker Movement to blended learning to service learning and arts education, afterschool and summer learning programs provide choice and opportunity for young people to find their passions. As a field, we can seek and embrace these new trends in learning and test them in a safe space with afterschool professionals who are guides on the path for lifelong learning. The field has an amazing opportunity with the rollout of technology in many districts, like iPads, Chrome Books and more. The opportunity is to 1) gain access to the technology and Internet connections and 2) support young people in using these powerful tools. Imagine young people working with afterschool staff to use the Khan Academy for homework help or visit other planets through NASA. And beyond the academic learning, afterschool programs have an opportunity to shape the culture in the community, helping teach parents and families about the technology and how learning is changing.

What are the biggest challenges facing afterschool?
It always comes down to funding. I work nationally in the fight to protect the federal 21st Century Community Learning Center funding stream and I work locally in an afterschool program to raise funds to expand our program for the neediest young people in Arlington. Every penny is precious, and I am always in awe of how far a program can stretch a dollar. That’s why our work to show the evidence, demonstrate innovation, and develop partnerships is so essential. Securing established funding streams through school districts or state legislature is hard, challenging work, but ultimately will provide the security for afterschool and summer programs to thrive.

What makes an after school program successful?
Afterschool programs succeed because of the staff and the culture. Successful programs are places where young people feel safe, valued, and happy. Afterschool professionals are the lynchpin in knowing how to best engage young people and supporting them in their learning and their lives. They are the true influential people in afterschool, shaping millions of young lives every day, after school.

Edited by Amy L Charles, editorial director of AfterSchool Today magazine, the Official Publication of the National AfterSchool Association.


Jessica Donner

Director, Every Hour Counts

Jessica Donner is director of Every Hour Counts (formerly the Collaborative for Building-After School Systems), a coalition of national citywide organizations that increase access to quality learning opportunities, particularly for underserved students. The organization is a leading voice promoting expanded-learning systems, which provide learning and enrichment through afterschool, summer, and other initiatives.

Donner manages the organization's efforts to develop policy recommendations and solutions, test the feasibility of policy and practice recommendations and disseminate findings, and deliver technical assistance to communities to build expanded learning systems. Prior to joining Every Hour Counts, she directed statewide and national service-learning initiatives at the National Service-Learning Partnership at the Academy for Educational Development and the Massachusetts Department of Education. She holds a master's degree in urban policy and management from The New School, and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

What are the accomplishments you are most proud of?
I'm most proud of Every Hour Counts' federal policy, technical assistance, and research achievements. Because we represent leading on-the-ground afterschool practitioners, our federal policy recommendations are informed by promising practices. Our policy wins build off the best of afterschool around the country—such as the value of meaningful school and community partnerships.

Every Hour Counts has been working over the past few years to develop a shared set of outcomes at the system, program, and youth levels, and has developed a Measurement Framework. This work builds off of our intermediary partners' systemic data collection efforts and the latest research. The Framework underscores the importance of system building and has the potential to support the development of high-quality afterschool programs across the country.

Through our technical assistance and communications activities, communities around the country have improved the quality of afterschool programs at scale, based on promising practices from our intermediary partners.

Where do you see the field in ten years?
We're seeing increased energy around connections with formal education in a very positive way, with collaborative teaching and joint planning between formal educators and community educators. This work is being modeled by Every Hour Counts intermediaries such as TASC, Providence After School Alliance, and Boston After School and Beyond, and has the potential to influence the next decade of afterschool practice. I also see many more coordinated citywide efforts to bring high-quality afterschool to scale, led by intermediary organizations.

What are the biggest opportunities for the afterschool industry?
Efforts to lengthen the school day and year can be a strategic opportunity for afterschool providers to ensure that students have access to more engaging learning opportunities that support their development. Increased recognition by educators of the importance of social and emotional outcomes can be an opportunity for the afterschool field, as afterschool is often seen as a critical partner in influencing these skills.

What are the biggest challenges facing afterschool?
Inadequate financial resources for programing. Also, often system-building supports such as technical assistance, data systems, and coordinating intermediaries lack support and financial resources, yet are critical to ensuring high-quality programs and positive youth outcomes.

What makes an after school program successful?
Clearly, having front-line staff and site directors that love working with young people and have content-rich and youth development skills make or break a program. Myriad age-appropriate activities, youth leadership opportunities, and a positive partnership between a principal and after-school program are other markers of a successful afterschool program.

Edited by Amy L Charles, editorial director of AfterSchool Today magazine, the Official Publication of the National AfterSchool Association.


Jim Clark

President and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Jim Clark joined Boys & Girls Clubs of America as president and CEO in 2012, leading a network of more than four thousand Boys & Girls Clubs serving four million young people annually—in every state, in large cities and small towns, in public housing, on Native lands, on U.S. military installations worldwide. He’s guided BGCA through the Great Futures Impact Plan, an exciting new strategic direction. Under his leadership, Clubs are increasing their impact on young people by focusing on Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles as priority outcome areas.

To ensure the best possible service to its Clubs, Clark spearheaded a major restructuring. He’s introduced innovative programming that supports the outcome areas in fun, engaging ways, including state-of-the-art STEM initiatives and Brain Gain, a program to combat summer learning loss. BGCA is emphasizing services to Clubs in child protection and safety, executive and board development, increasing Club attendance, boosting high school graduation rates, and fighting childhood obesity.

Prior to joining BGCA, Clark spent eight years as president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, one of the nation’s strongest Club organizations. He lives in Atlanta, home of BGCA’s national headquarters, with his wife, Samantha, and their two sons.

What are the accomplishments you are most proud of?
Meeting the young people whose lives are transformed by their experience belonging to the Boys & Girls Club is truly a privilege of working in this field. These kids succeed because of the guidance and mentorship they receive from dedicated Club professionals, who care deeply, help them believe in themselves, and encourage them to work hard and never give up, despite the obstacles. The scores of dedicated youth development professionals I meet in our Clubs are an inspiration and a source of great pride.
Where do you see the field in ten years?
I foresee a much higher level of recognition of the critical importance of out-of-school time as a national priority—and more partnerships between organizations like BGCA and the higher education community, because of the impact we have on helping kids advance academically. We’re seeing more and more research that provides quantitative evidence of the results quality out-of-school programs can achieve, especially in underserved communities. Our vision at BGCA is to work toward the day that no child lacks a high-quality, professionally supervised and structured experience every day, after school and during the summer. To achieve that, we need many more dedicated, qualified professionals to enter the youth development field.
What are the biggest opportunities for the afterschool industry?
Two of the biggest areas of opportunity are summer learning loss prevention and STEM education. To put young people on the path to graduation from high school, with a plan for the future, both of these areas are critical. At Boys & Girls Clubs of America we are investing significantly in both, to help create a pipeline for young people who aspire to attend college and succeed in the twenty-first-century economy. And we are adding an “A” to STEM to create STEAM—Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. We must stimulate creative, innovative thinking as one of the cognitive skills that will enable our kids to advance and our nation to thrive amidst increasing global competition. However, at the most basic level, we must continue to drive improvements in school attendance, which is a key factor in addressing the dropout crisis. We know too many kids start to fall behind as early as second and third grade, and never recover. We can play a major role in helping kids stay on track toward timely academic advancement and ultimate success.
What are the biggest challenges facing afterschool?
Everyone in the afterschool and youth development field must realize that, as a famous ad campaign once stated, we must “try harder” to position our work as essential. The nonschool hours represent an investment opportunity in America’s future that is every bit as important as strengthening our schools, teachers, and curricula. We still have much ground to cover in order to make that case. As a leader with more than a century of success, BGCA will play its part, as aggressively as we can, to speak for the afterschool field and advocate for its growth and support.
What makes an afterschool program successful?
The short answer is dedicated, caring adults, a safe place, and fun! At Boys & Girls Clubs, we use a Formula for Impact that more formally identifies five key elements for positive youth development: a safe, positive environment; fun; supportive relationships; opportunities and expectations; and recognition. When these are in place, we see positive, measurable outcomes in our three priority areas: academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. Our tagline states that “Great Futures Start Here” at the Boys & Girls Club. When fifty-seven percent of our alumni reported in a Harris Survey that the Club saved their life, it reaffirmed that the formula really does work. Our challenge and our quest are to enable more youth who most need a Club to have this same opportunity.


Edited by Amy L Charles, editorial director of AfterSchool Today magazine, the Official Publication of the National AfterSchool Association.

Matthew Boulay

Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors, National Summer Learning Association

Matthew Boulay was a Johns Hopkins University undergraduate when he founded the Teach Baltimore nonprofit summer education initiative, which grew from a hands-on youth program into the National Summer Learning Association. Boulay graduated with a double degree in history and Hispanic studies, earned a master's degree in public policy from the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies, and is pursuing a doctorate in sociology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He’s co-editor of Summer Learning: Research, Policies, and Programs, the first book to be published on summer learning in twenty-five years.

Boulay enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 1997 and served in Iraq in 2003. After coming home, he served as the director of the Fund for Veterans' Education and the campaign for a new GI Bill. In this capacity, he designed and managed a national scholarship programs for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and successfully lobbied Congress to pass a new GI Bill. He lives in Salem, Oregon, with his wife, Catherine, and daughters, Ana and Claire.

I'm proud of NSLA and the work we've done over twenty years. I'm also proud to have enlisted in the Marine Corps and served when my country called. And, like all fathers, I'm extraordinarily proud of my young daughters.

We've made huge strides helping parents, educators, and policymakers understand the problem of summer learning and the promise of summer learning programs. This will continue over the next ten years. I hope we'll see teachers, principals, and school district leaders champion summer learning, because they know their work during the school year is undercut if we ignore summers. And I hope we'll see local, state, and federal policymakers create dedicated funding streams to support high-quality summer programs. Parents have been and will continue to be strong proponents of summer learning programs.

Summer learning has the potential to narrow the achievement gap. And the converse is doubly true: Without high-quality summer learning programs, we will never be able to close the achievement gap. And so the opportunity facing this nation is the chance to significantly invest in summer learning programs in order to boost the achievement of all students—particularly lower-income students—and thus close the achievement gap.

With respect to challenges, funding is, of course, always a problem. But the summer learning movement faces two additional challenges. First is our collective understanding of summers: Drawing on cultural references like Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, we like to believe that summer is "an endless vacation" in which families spend time together at the swimming pool or the beach or grilling burgers. Second is misperception of summer learning, because people frequently think of "summer school"—which is punitive, mandatory, remedial, and neither fun nor engaging for anyone.  

We know, of course, that many American families do not enjoy the "idyllic summer" and that today's best summer learning programs are nothing like yesteryear's punitive summer school programs—but I believe confronting these popular misconceptions is among our biggest challenges.
In my view, summer learning programs are successful when they engage children. There are more sophisticated ways of evaluating programs—and NSLA has developed some of the very best tools—but when it comes down to it, I think good summer programs are effective because they allow children to feel good about themselves and about learning.

Edited by Amy L Charles, editorial director of AfterSchool Today magazine, the Official Publication of the National AfterSchool Association.


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Exhibitors for NAA Annual Convention 2014

Listed below are the exhibitors that will be at the National AfterSchool Association Annual Convention 2014.

8 to Great 1010
Afterschool Alliance 2217 2308
AfterSchool Works! New York 1114
American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey
Apperson SEL 2007
Art in History 1217
AWE 1118
Box Hockey International, Inc 2000
Bricks 4 Kidz/Challenge Island 2100
CAPS60 2102
Cayen Systems 2406
Children Inc. - Growing Sound 1122
Click2SciencePD 1207
Community Learning 1205
Compass Awards - Corporate Image Promotions, Inc 2302
Connor's Science University for Kids, LLC 2304
Core Learning Group 2402
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, BirdSleuth 1008
Council on Accreditation 1006
Critical Language Service 1302
Developmental Studies Center 1201/1203
Discount School Supply
Engineering Adventures & Engineering Everywhere - Engineering is Elementary, Museum of Science 2209
EZ-Care/SofterWare Inc 2106
Foundations, Inc 1215
Fun Express, a subsidiary of Oriental Trading Company 2207
Gopher 1104
Happy Productions
Ironwill Kids Power Up!
Kaplan Elementary
Learning Wrap Up's
LEGO Education
Lions Quest
LTS Education Systems
Mindworks Resources
Mutt-i-Grees Curriculum - North Shore Animal League America
National AfterSchool Assocation (NAA)
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children/Take 2S Campaign
National Institution on Out of School (NIOST)
National Out of School Time Professional Development Center - CyperWorx, Inc
Oasis 2404
Outfit Your Logo 1000
PCS Edventures 2203
Playbooks, Inc 1100
360 Fun Learning 2120
Renaissance Learning 1308
Ripley's Believe It or Not! 2213-2215
S&S Worldwide 1102
Safe Sitter, Inc
Scholastic, Inc. 1011-1013
Science Pathfinders
Select Media, Inc.
SHAPE - Students Changing the World
Smart Horizons
Social Solutions
2112 or 2308
Stevens Institute of Technology - CIESE
Tandy Leather Factory
Technology Zone Sponsored by The Wallace Foundation and
Level II
The Leadership Program
The Walking Classroom Institute
Thomas Kelly Software Associates - EZ Reports/EZ Childtracks
Tutors on Wheels Tutoring Services
USA Swimming Foundation
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) 1221
Youth Today Newspaper

Adventures in Innovation Experiential Education Events in NYC

NAA is delighted to be partnering with 19 cultural institutions across the five boroughs of New York City to host Adventures in Innovation, experiential educational events at New York’s premier museums, theatres, parks, and cultural landmarks. 

State Affiliates

NAA has State Affiliates across the United States. Our Affiliates are statewide organizations aligned with NAA’s mission to inspire, connect and equip afterschool professionals. Affiliates' missions and strategies promote quality afterschool programs and professional development in their states.

The strong and supportive relationships between NAA and its State Affiliates creates a national network that builds connectivity among stakeholders and creates opportunities for engagement that ensure vibrant future for our field. 

Dual Membership

Most State Affiliates offer benefit packages that include membership in the National AfterSchool Association at the Ambassador level. Ambassador membership is a free, starter membership designed for entry-level and developing afterschool professionals. Upgrade to the Executive level membership for just $99/year to receive benefits designed specifically for afterschool leaders. 

You can also view State Affiliate events on our website by clicking here.

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Alabama Alabama Community Education Association
Arizona Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence
California California School-Age Consortium
Colorado TBD
Connecticut Connecticut After School Network
Delaware Delaware Afterschool Network (DEAN)
Florida Florida Afterschool Alliance
Georgia Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network
ldaho Out-of-School Network
Illinois Illinois Afterschool Network
Indiana Indiana Afterschool Network
Kentucky Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance
Maine Maine Afterschool Network
Maryland Maryland Out-of-School Time Network
Massachusetts Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership
Michigan Michigan AfterSchool Association
Minnesota Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children/Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance
Missouri Missouri AfterSchool Network
Nevada TBD
New Hampshire New Hampshire Afterschool Network
New Jersey The Statewide Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities
New York New York State Network for Youth Success
North Carolina
North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs
North Dakota North Dakota Afterschool Network
Ohio Ohio Afterschool Network
Oklahoma Oklahoma Partnership for Expanded Learning
Oregon OregonASK
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania School-Age Child Care Alliance
Rhode Island
Rhode Island Afterschool Network
South Dakota South Dakota School Age Care Alliance
Texas Texas Partnership for Out of School Time
Utah Utah Afterschool Network
Vermont Vermont Afterschool
Virginia Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time
Washington School's Out Washington
Wisconsin Wisconsin Child Care Administrators Association
Wyoming Wyoming Afterschool Alliance



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