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Job Quality: It's What's on the Agenda this Legislative Session

Wednesday, 21 December 2022 08:16

It’s that time of year again; 43 states are preparing for their State Legislature or General Assembly to begin in January, while two have already started, and five gear up in February and March. Though each state has its policies to create, enact, or kill, some common themes emerge among proposed legislation for workers across the nation. Uplifting the out-of-school time (OST) profession has been an NAA focal point since day one. Now, equipped with a more robust advocacy strategy, NAA is poised to support a comprehensive overhaul of job quality in the field with our Thriving Workforce Initiative. 

The Thriving Workforce Initiative prioritizes job quality to stabilize the Out-of-School Time (OST) workforce and enable afterschool professionals to deliver high-quality programs that lead to positive youth outcomes. Our goal is to empower organizations–with the support of policymakers, funders, systems-builders, and others–to design field jobs with equity and inclusion that inspire a culture where employees and, subsequently, young people,  thrive. 

With midterms behind us and new officials establishing themselves, it’s time to champion change for job quality within the OST profession. As you prepare to advocate this legislative session, review our guide, Influencing Stakeholders to Increase OST Job Quality, to help you navigate these critical conversations. This document also includes reasons why job quality in OST matters and actions you can encourage policymakers to take. 

Are you still trying to figure out where to start? There’s still time to get caught up.