Many afterschool professionals and leaders are looking for resources to build their knowledge about racism and to learn more about how to effectively address racism and integrate anti-racist practices into their work.
Frontline staff have always been the life essence in the HEART of afterschool.
"Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength." —Mahatma Gandhi
Recently, Gina Warner, President and CEO, National Afterschool Association, spoke as part of the U.S. Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Center Summer Symposium and touched on what it means to be an afterschool professional in the midst of a global pandemic.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many young people need meaningful connection and social-emotional support—now more than ever before.
NAA's fifth Let's Talk the Future of Afterschool conversation, held July 1, 2020, welcomed Ann Tancioco, Executive Director of Kids' Country, and focused on how the organization opened its sites in early June, including the steps it took to reopen and what's being planned for fall.
No matter what happens in your region in terms of reopening in the fall, the COVID-19 pandemic has likely forever changed the youth development and afterschool landscape for communities, families, students, and staff alike.