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The Power of Afterschool Now!

Everywhere, there's news of violence. Youth and community lives are valuable and deserve more than our reactive reassurances. As afterschool professionals and leaders, when do we say "enough"?

We know afterschool professionals and leaders want to be inspired, to connect, to share and to learn. While there is not a lot of inspiration to be found in horrible events, we know with the support of our Association and each other, those in the afterschool profession can focus their energies on proactively supporting the mental health and emotional and physical safety of young people.

At NAA ...

We believe in the power of afterschool and the people who work with and on behalf of children and youth during out-of-school time.

We believe that one caring adult in afterschool can make a difference in the life of a young person.

We believe that the passionate people in the afterschool profession are the key to building our future and the future of millions of kids.

We believe that when adults invest quality time and compassion in young people, our youth rise to the challenge of making the world a better place for themselves and others.

We believe that afterschool makes a difference in the lives of young people, our communities and our nation.

We believe that strong afterschool leaders develop the skilled professionals and teams that run strong organizations and quality programs that result in positive youth outcomes.

We believe afterschool is powerful today and has the potential to be even more so in the future.

At NAA, we believe in the power of afterschool and we believe in you!

That's why over the course of the next year and beyond, members of the NAA community can expect more efforts and resources that support you in these key areas:

  • Quality Afterschool Program and Professional Development Funding
  • Program Safety
  • Family Engagement
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Leadership Development

And last, but certainly not least:

  • Self-Care for Afterschool Professionals and Leaders

We believe in you, our youth, ourselves and the collective us.

We believe in an even more powerful afterschool movement and look forward to working with you and everyone in the afterschool profession to make it so.

And we know the time is NOW!