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  • How Poverty in America Impacts OST Programming

    January is National Poverty in America Awareness Month to recognize over 40 million Americans living with hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion, disabilities, and restricted access to participation in the democratic Read More
  • 6 NAA23 Sessions You Can’t Miss

    National AfterSchool Association’s 2023 Convention is almost here, and we are thrilled to announce this year’s sessions! In addition to robust opportunities to network, there are over 100 more formal opportunities to learn, connect and be truly inspired by fellow Read More
  • Three Steps Toward a Strong DEIA Strategy

    There has been a clear need to expand and implement diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) strategies across workplace sectors since the continued, deep-seated racial disparities were painfully illuminated with injustices in 2020. Diversity spurs business discussion and creativity, helping Read More
  • Solving the Workforce Puzzle: The OST Profession and Job Quality

    As the professional membership organization for those who work with or for youth in OST, NAA is moving forward, defining the components of our profession’s identity as a knowledgeable and skilled workforce providing essential services and opportunities. In addition, we’re Read More
  • You're Invited - NAA23 OST Thriving Workforce Summit

    NAA’s Convention is a time for leaders to come together to network, problem-solve, and celebrate. In 2023 we are offering two invitation-only opportunities to influencers, leaders, and key stakeholders. Read More
  • Gina’s Reads for 2023

    I know I’m not the only one who thinks writing New Year’s Resolutions is much easier than keeping them. I always start the year off with a lot (A LOT) of good intentions that are going to make me happier, Read More
  • Webinar: Getting Ready for Change in OST with New Toolkit

    Research and practical experience suggest that readiness is critical when making a change. In out-of-school time (OST), change can take many forms—from making improvements to existing practices to implementing new activities, to revamping a program completely—but its success hinges on Read More
  • Workforce Advocacy: NAA Chief Operating Officer’s Note

    In my 25-year OST career, I’ve often heard that our field needs professionalizing. I view all who work in OST as professionals, so I’m curious about what people mean when they comment about professionalization. I have spent hours searching for Read More
  • Amplifying Youth Voice with NAA NextGen Leader Alum Hannah Howard

    Young people want to be heard. They want adults to hear their stories, consider their ideas, and value them as partners in finding solutions for their communities’ issues. At the National AfterSchool Association, we are fortunate to have abundant opportunities Read More
  • Supporting Workers’ Rights is an Investment

    The struggle to fill positions in a consistently strong job market has become increasingly more challenging for organizations that provide programs for children and youth. With rising economic inequality, declining working standards, pent-up demand for a greater voice at work, Read More
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