The International Learning Exchange creates an educational opportunity for NAA members to gain innovative knowledge that will elevate the field of afterschool.


Why is NAA hosting an International Learning Exchange?

As the nation's leader in afterschool programs and professional development, NAA is eager to explore what is working in other places and bring those innovative ideas to our members, funders and national partners. We also welcome the chance to showcase some of the best in program design, development and investment in our field with international partners.

Is this a first-time event?

No, this will be the 2nd ILE experience. In 2015, the National AfterSchool Association Executive members joined their peers for the inaugural International Learning Exchange, in London, England. Participants heard from well-respected London-based program leaders and funders about advancements in professionalism and youth development training, alignment with higher education institutions, promotion of youth engagement and leadership, and other topics to interest afterschool leaders.

The benefits of attending the International Learning Exchange were invaluable. Participants experienced firsthand the broader context of what's happening in the global afterschool community. Through cultural immersion, they were inspired to observe similarities and differences in programming, funding, and research. As a result, participants could view their own programs through an unbiased lens as they sought to validate their current success and make thoughtful improvement upon their return.

Why Dublin?

Dublin has a strong and established system of professional development for its youth workers which aligns well with the NAA mission of promoting and supporting professionalism. Public funding and investment has been a mainstay in the growth and expansion of out-of-school time programs. At the same time, private foundations are investing in innovative strategies that build on the entrepreneurial spirit of the growing business sector and align the school and out-of-school experience for youth. From the arts, to coding, to outdoor education, Dublin has a wealth of engaging programs for NAA to visit!

How many people will be attending?

ILE is limited to 25 attendees. Space fills quickly, so reserve your spot today!

Who is attending?

Attendees are a combination of national and local afterschool program leaders, researchers and funders.

Why should I attend?

You'll experience incredible learning opportunities in one of the world's unique cities, you'll gain tremendous insight into innovative strategies that you can apply in your work, and you'll have the opportunity to network with colleagues from around the country. Equally important, you'll have the opportunity to share your work and your program with other national leaders in our field.

 Draft Agenda

June 27 Travel Day/Arrive
  Tour of Dublin, Visit Trinity College
  Opening Dinner
June 28 Morning Panel(s) Discussion
  Group Lunch, Speaker TBD
  Afternoon Site Visits
  Group Dinner
June 29 Depart for Belfast
  Panoramic Tour of Belfast
  Guest Speaker/Panel Discussion
  Return to Dublin/Dinner
June 30 Guest Speaker/Panel Discussion
  Afternoon Sightseeing
  Literary Pub Crawl/Dinner
July 1 Depart for Airport