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NAA's Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders 2021 Nominations

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Nominations are Now Open

NAA’s Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders identifies young leaders and recognizes and cultivates the talent of rising stars who have the potential to influence the field of afterschool for years to come. The selected emerging leader honorees will have: demonstrated contributions that have started to influence beyond individual programs to organizations and communities, a proven passion for development of themselves and others, active engagement in efforts to elevate the afterschool field and demonstrated persistence in their work to grow as leaders.

Join NAA in recognizing extraordinary individuals, age 30 or under, strong believers in the power of afterschool―who are vested in things like advocacy, professional development, creative program design, the power of youth voice, data and evaluation and racial justice.

If you know of a candidate worthy of this honor, review the eligibility and nominations information below and then nominate them today!


Nomination Information:

For the Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders 2021, NAA is looking to highlight individuals who:

  • Are age 30 or under as of November 6, 2020
  • Are active in the broader afterschool community, including, but not limited to membership in NAA and its state affiliates
  • Demonstrate contributions that have started to influence beyond an individual program to entire organizations and communities
  • Are actively engaged in efforts to elevate the afterschool field 
  • Have a proven passion for development of themselves and others, and demonstrate persistence in their work to grow as leaders 
  • Demonstrate the NAA core competencies, specifically Content Area 10: Professional Development and Leadership

Other Considerations:

  • NAA appreciates all afterschool professionals and leaders, but in this case we are searching for exceptional young leaders.
  • Successful nominations will share specific examples that demonstrate the full extent of why a candidate is deserving of this special, national recognition.
  • To ensure that honorees are representative of the diverse communities served by our profession, we encourage nominations of Black, Indigeneous and other emerging leaders of color. 

Each honoree will receive a free, NAA Executive membership, national recognition, on-going leadership development, support in broadening their professional networks and other opportunities to expand their impact. Those selected must be willing to respond to a written interview, submit a professional photo, agree to be featured in the Spring 2021 issue of AfterSchool Today magazine and be highlighted on NAA’s social channels and digital content.

Important Dates:

Nomination period: October 27 - November 6, 2020
Honoree notification: November 17, 2020


"The National AfterSchool Association knows that strong afterschool leaders develop the skilled professionals and teams that run strong organizations and quality programs that result in positive youth outcomes. These emerging leaders will help shape the next generation of the afterschool field."


-Gina Warner, President and CEO of NAA


Afterschool 2020: Timely Ways to Market Your Offerings

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Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 1:00 pm ET
A special webinar for NAA Advocate members only

It’s 2020 and the new world we're living in has brought a lot of change to the role of afterschool programs and professionals. In addition to safety and funding challenges, they're also faced with reimagining learning environments, cultural responsiveness, youth engagement, family communication, and school relationships.

How can you better tailor and communicate your offerings to meet these unique needs? Join NAA's marketing team as we share more information about:

  • How NAA members are engaging with youth, families and colleagues and what opportunities that lends to you.
  • What and how often you should be communicating your offerings.
  • How you can match your offerings to meet their current needs.
  • New opportunities available to you as an Advocate member.



Presented by:
Lisa Young, Director of Marketing, Serendipity Media
Jill Carroll, NAA Marketing & Media Consultant, Serendipity Media


Webinar: Playlist to Adapt Your Afterschool and Summer Programming

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 1:00pm EST

Join BellXcel and The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati for Playlist to Adapt Your Afterschool and Summer (or even school day!) Programming. This webinar covers:

  • Essential ingredients for remote learning: Lessons learned from BellXcel’s innovations for remote summer learning—including programmatic design, learning environment, social-emotional enrichment, outcome metrics, quality, and strong professional development
  • Summer success story: How the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati brought a strong summer remote learning experience to their community achieving scholar gains in Math and ELA
  • Innovating for afterschool: Applying our learning to strengthen onsite programs for school-aged distance learners

As an attendee, you will have access to our webinar content, BellXcel’s Remote Quality Reflection Tool, and a worksheet to guide your own adaptive playlist.



Damon Johnson, Senior Vice President, Community Engagement, BellXcel
Jorge Perez, CEO, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
Trish Kitchell, Vice President of Youth Development, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
Brita Nordin, Senior Vice President, Product Management, BellXcel

About BellXcel
BellXcel partners with schools and youth organizations to license its evidence-based all-in-one solution for K-8 summer and afterschool programming. A leading national nonprofit in youth development with nearly 30 years’ experience innovating proven educational solutions, BellXcel is changing the way its partners empower educators and reach exponentially more children and their families.


Afterschool Products and Services Catalog Fall 2020

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Summer is a popular time for back-to-school planning.
From professional development and curriculum planning to supply purchasing and equipment upgrades, there’s a lot for afterschool professionals to consider.

In this guide, you'll find the top picks from our Advocate members and partners. We hope it proves helpful in making your 2020-2021 an awesome school year!


Not yet a member of NAA? Join here!


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Let’s Talk the Future of Afterschool Conversations

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NAA is leading by example to carve out space to have conversations about the future—what do we know, what do we need to know and how can we share across the field.


TOPIC: Open for Summer, Preparing for Fall
July 1, 2020


Host: Gina Warner, President & CEO
National AfterSchool Association

Guest: Ann Tancioco
Kids' Country


TOPIC: Five Ways to Provide for the Other Half of Education Amid the Coronavirus
June 17, 2020


Host: Gina Warner, President & CEO
National AfterSchool Association

Guests: Jen Siaca Curry
Change Impact

Alison Overseth
Partnership for Afterschool Education (PASE)


TOPIC: Strengthening Social and Emotional Support for Adults and Young People: Reopening and Beyond
June 3, 2020


Host: Gina Warner, President & CEO
National AfterSchool Association

Guests: Jessica Newman, Senior Researcher
American Institutes for Research

Ebony Grace, Director of Partnerships and Quality Initiatives
NJSACC, NAA Board of Directors

TOPIC: School and Afterschool Coordination
May 20, 2020


Host: Gina Warner, President & CEO
National AfterSchool Association 

Guest: Jonathan Melendez, Coordinator
Fairfax County (Virginia) Out-of-School Time Network


TOPIC: Reopening
May 6, 2020


Host: Gina Warner, President & CEO
National AfterSchool Association 

Guest: Isabelle Mussard, Executive Director
California School-Age Consortium

Let’s Talk the Future of Afterschool is a bi-weekly, interactive conversation that will provide timely updates and resources to our membership and inform policymakers, funders, and other decision-makers about the state of the afterschool field's efforts and needs.

These conversations—with program leaders, funders, researchers, and other decision-makers—will explore the current situation facing the afterschool field and, most important, look beyond the immediate crisis and into the future.

Each conversation will:

  1. Provide examples of effective responses to the crisis and data from the field
  2. Identify anticipated issues and the roles of influential people and organizations to provide resources to address them
  3. Learn about specific actions for different audiences to address short- and long-term issues

Participants will be able to ask questions, write comments and respond to others through the Zoom chat function.




Webinar: Level Up: How Automation & Technology Can Improve Program Management & the Parent Experience

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Tuesday, April 28 at 1:00pm ET

Sponsored by:

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Schools across the country are turning to technology to automate traditionally manual tasks. For afterschool professionals, a program management solution can be a vital tool for streamlining routine processes from registration to billing.

Level up your program and join us to learn how key technological trends are shaping parent preferences and how your program can meet these changes head on.

In this webinar, we'll:

  • Take a look at technology trends that are shaping parent preferences and expectations.
  • Cover two key areas where your program can utilize technology and automation to improve processes and the parent experience.
  • Get an inside look at MySchoolBucks’ new registration platform, MSB Activities.


About MSB Activities
MSB Activities is an all-new program registration and payments solution brought to you by the MySchoolBucks team at Heartland School Solutions. At Heartland, our mission is to bring effective solutions to K-12 professionals to help them better manage their programs and simplify their day-to-day tasks.



What is a Virtual Convention?

NAA20 Reimagined is offered as a two-part virtual series.

Part 1 March 16 -18 - Live online events with inspirational and highly relevant keynotes and daily interactive sessions led by NAA’s Top Presenters. Information may be found at Live events were recorded and will be available in Part 2.

Part 2 April 19 - May 2 - NAA Convention is the place where afterschool professionals and leaders go to share, learn, connect and be inspired, and going virtual makes the experience more accessible than ever. NAA20 Reimagined Part 2 will incorporate all of this through live and recorded sessions, discussions boards, a virtual learning expo and more! Participants join at any time from desktops, laptops, tablets or mobile devices with the internet. Information may be found at and will be updated as details become available.

How will I participate in a Virtual Convention when I have a full schedule? What if we can’t join at a specific time?

Participants jcan oin at any time from desktops, laptops, tablets or mobile devices anywhere they can connect with the internet. Part 2 sessions will be available on-demand to watch at your convenience at anytime between April 19 and May 2. Several sessions from Part 1 were recorded and will be available to registered participants to watch at their convenience during Part 2.

Do I have to pay an additional fee for Virtual Convention?

There is no additional fee, as the convention itself transitioned to the Virtual Convention format. Your original registration fee covers all things related to the Virtual Convention.

How do I access the Virtual Convention?

Details on how to access the NAA20 Reimagined sessions will be provided to you via email. Please be sure to check your email and spam folders for the communications over the next several days.

Note, you will need to login to your NAA membership account to access instruction on how to join the virtual events. If you do not know your member login information, request a password reminder via this link in preparation for the event.

Will there be an Afterschool for All Challenge?

If you were registered for the Challenge you should have received an email with information about the virtual events from the Afterschool Alliance. Everyone can go to the Take Action Center to let your members of Congress know about all the important things afterschool programs do for your community.

How do we get our professional development hours?

A training certificate similar to what is typically offered in the Convention program book will be available for download on the NAA20 Reimagined Part 2 platform. The certificate may be used to document your hours.

If I wasn’t registered for NAA Convention 2020, is it possible to still register and participate in NAA20 Reimagined – Virtual Convention?

Yes. The cost to register is $635. To register, please visit the registration page here.


Can I get a refund for NAA Convention 2020 and/or the Afterschool for All Challenge?

Because we are not cancelling the event, but rather transitioning it to a virtual experience, the current NAA Convention 2020 refund/cancellation policy remains in effect. Refund requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

When will we be notified about the status of our refund requests?

Those who requested a refund should expect to hear from us by April 30th, hopefully sooner. We are working hard on this and will be in touch as soon as we have an update. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

In order to make a fully informed decision about participation, can you share more information about refunds for NAA20 Convention event and if there is a cost to participating in a virtual event?

Your participation in the NAA20 Reimagined Virtual Convention has no impact on the status of your refund request. We are doing our best to honor all requests and working tirelessly during this unprecedented time. We plan to provide an update on the status of all requests by March 20th. There is not an additional cost.

Therefore, we encourage your participation and encourage you to join us! NAA20 Reimagined Virtual Convention is a way afterschool professionals and leaders come together for inspiration during a time when face-to-face is not possible. In addition to connections and inspiration, participation provides opportunities for everyone to learn and share. The sessions will all be recorded, so even if you can’t participate in the live sessions, you can watch them during NAA20 Reimagined Part 2 April 19 -May 2.

Can I get a partial discount or a reduced rate for attending Virtual Convention?

We are not offering partial discounts or reduced rates at this time.

Can part of or all my fees be applied to next year?

We are exploring the available options.


NAA20 Reimagined - Virtual Convention Coming Soon!

NAA is more than a Convention—it’s a community. NAA Convention is the place where afterschool professionals and leaders go to share, learn, connect, and be inspired. NAA20 Reimagined - Virtual Convention will incorporate all of this and more!

What to Know Before You Go

We look forward to seeing you in the Washington, D.C., area for the National AfterSchool Association Convention 2020! The important details below will help you get ready and make the most of your time at NAA20.


What to Wear

Plan for business casual clothing, dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes.

Speaking of what to wear, the first public event is a Rally for Afterschool at the General Session on March 15 at 6 p.m. Participants wear statement clothing (like slogan t-shirts) and bring rally signs (or make them on-site) showing support of afterschool. During the Rally, participants sit in designated areas with other members of their states. A lead has been identified for each state who, if they haven’t already, will reach out to you with more details about the state plans for the Rally.

Prepare for Basic Needs

Plan to bring a water bottle and small snacks to stay hydrated and nourished. We’ll have water coolers and provide several opportunities for food, but you don’t want to miss anything because you’re stuck in line at the hotel gift shop!

Health and Wellness

With the ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we want you to know the safety of convention participants is of utmost importance to us. NAA Convention will proceed as planned. However, we have made some modifications to address concerns.

Out of an abundance of caution, we are declaring NAA20 a “Handshake-Free Zone.” Try these alternative handshake ideas at Convention.

In addition, our event team is working with the hotel to ensure appropriate health and safety measures are in place for all participants. We also trust that participants will undertake all necessary precautions to protect their own health and safety—by traveling with hand sanitizers—while at the event and during travel.

In the meantime, please consider these proactive precautions as recommended by the Center for Disease Control, to protect yourself and those around you.

Importantly, if you have a respiratory illness or fever, please stay home.

Program Books

Program books are available online here and can be picked up at Registration. Note: If you need to document your training time, use the certificate located near the end of the program book.

Event Location/Hotel

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, Maryland 20745
P. (301) 965-4000

Check-in time is 3:00 pm
Check-out time is 11:00 am

All hotel guests are required to provide a form of payment at the Gaylord front desk upon check-in.

If paying for your hotel stay with a company card or a personal card, and the cardholder will not be present, you must complete a credit card authorization form prior to arrival. Company checks must be received 10 business days prior to arrival and are not accepted at the desk. Please note, we do not accept personal checks. Call the Gaylord at (301) 965-4000 ext. 5 for a guest service agent to assist you with completing the form. Note: paper credit card authorizations are no longer accepted before arrival or at the desk.

Become a Marriott’s Bonvoy Member to minimize check-in wait time at the Convention hotel by using the digital key. Click here to learn about digital key instructions.

Getting There

Washington, D.C. has multiple transportation options of varying price and duration. See some of the options and discounts in the NAA20 Convention App or click here.


Valet parking is available for $49 per day. Self-parking options are available at the hotel for $30 per day.



Name Badges

Stop by registration to pick up your name badge, swag bag and program book. Wear your name badge at all times for all Convention activities. Badges are required for session and Learning Expo admittance.

NAA20 Convention Registration and Help Desk

Located on the Ballroom Level. Registration is separated alphabetically by last name. Please bring a business card or photo ID when checking in.

Sunday, March 15 - 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm in Woodrow Wilson A
Monday, March 16 - 7:00 am - 5:00 pm in Woodrow Wilson A
Tuesday, March 17 - 7:30 am - 4:30 pm in Maryland Ballroom C Foyer

Bling Out Your Badge

While you’re at registration, pick up a badge ribbon or two to tell people more about you. All Convention participants are Executive members. Are you an Advocate member, presenter, or exhibitor? There are ribbons for all of you. First time participants are VIPs (Very Important Participants). If that’s you, add a VIP ribbon! Stop by the NAA Networking Hub in the Learning Expo for lanyard buttons that show your support for afterschool and afterschool professionals.

Afterschool for All Challenge

If you're registered for the Afterschool for All Challenge, visit the Challenge Check-In Desk in the Maryland Ballroom A Foyer for more details.

  • Tuesday, March 17 - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 18 - 7:30 - 10:00 am

Get Social

Share highlights, pictures and connect with others on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and in the NAA20 Convention App feed—include hashtag #NAA20. Daily social media contests will be announced in the app and are available in the program book.

Thank you for joining us at NAA Convention 2020––where afterschool professionals and leaders gather to get inspired, connected, learn and share!


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