A recent study, The Great Resignation Research Report, examines critical themes that have led to employees leaving their jobs at an all-time high. Wages may come top of mind, especially in our afterschool field, where we acknowledge that afterschool workers deserve to –but often don’t–earn a thriving wage. However, what's driving workers to quit goes beyond that. The PlanBeyond research concludes work environments and supervisors that make people feel appreciated, involve collaboration, and encourage people to show up as their authentic selves, making employees want to stay.
While the OST field has seen a considerable investment of funds become available for afterschool programs to serve more young people and get them the support they need, one significant challenge remains, staffing. Organizations across the country continue to struggle with recruitment and retention of the skilled professionals necessary to run high-quality programs.
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Presenting NAA’s 2022 Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders. The class of 2022 includes 20 young professionals selected for their influence on the programs, organizations, and communities they work with—and in turn, the broader field of afterschool.
How we think about job quality can directly impact staff retention and workforce development. To explore the idea of job quality and what it means for our field, we interviewed folks from across the country. Next in our series is Zakir McKenzie Parpia, Director of Programs with NAA's State Affiliate, California School-Age Consortium.
How we think about job quality can have a direct impact on staff retention and workforce development. To explore the idea of job quality and what it means for our field we interviewed folks from across the country. First up in our series is Sheneika Simmons, Program Coordinator with the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs.