The Afterschool Alliance, in partnership with Dollar General Literacy Foundation, recently honored the Columbus State Community College's ESL Afterschool Communities (ESLAsC) for the program's demonstrated excellence in helping develop English language learner (ELL) students' literacy skills.
Across the nation, afterschool programs provide opportunities for young people to explore their interests and learn new skills. Afterschool programs are uniquely positioned to offer education and opportunity through hands-on, minds-on learning—without the pressures that sometimes accompany the school day.
"From this point forth, we shall be leaving the firm foundation of fact and journeying together through the murky marshes of memory the future into thickets of wildest guesswork."
—Albus Dumbledore (cross-outs and italics my own)
As a teenage driver in a small rural town, life was simple: Stop. Look both ways. Proceed with caution. Today, in the Washington, D.C., metro area where I live? Not so much. The D.C. area has the second worst traffic in the United States. Being stuck in traffic for 75 hours a year brings out some, should we say, "interesting" behaviors in people.
Recently, the NAA Expert Hub helped connect the United Way of el Paso County with two valuable trainers, resulting in a successful workshop on family engagement. Here's how:
How many books have been written on the topic of leadership? How many lectures/workshops/presentations have you been offered to help you become a "better" leader? How many TED talks have you watched that showed you a three-point plan toward more effective leadership?
"Organizations with strong financial management are better able to fulfill their missions and deliver high-quality services." —The Wallace Foundation
Imagine the potential of empowering the 10.2 million children in afterschool programs with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, while providing them with opportunities to eat healthy and stay active.