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Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success
She’s directed one of the nation’s largest afterschool programs since 1988, and Carla Sanger has learned a thing or two about what it takes to create a high-quality experience that will help children develop the self-confidence they need to succeed in learning and in life. As she prepares to retire, she shares some helpful insights.
Afterschool activities can improve academic performance and work habits, especially among children from low-income families, according to research by Deborah Lowe Vandell, dean of the School of Education at the University of California Irvine. Read about her findings in an interview with The Hechinger Report.
This renewal grant provides support to Mott Community College for the Teen Creating Economic Opportunity Initiative, which offers a seven-week entrepreneurial learning and leadership experience for 45 disadvantaged youth between the ages of 14-18. The objectives of the program are to: 1) provide participants with the competencies needed to operate a business, including business plan development; 2) offer youth additional skill-building opportunities through mentorships and job shadowing; 3) help students develop a Higher Education Career Pathway plan; and 4) pilot a special program track dedicated to encouraging entrepreneurship around applied technology and manufacturing. Upon completion, fifteen participants will be eligible to receive $1,000 of venture capital seed money to launch their enterprise.
This renewal grant will continue to support Asia Society in its efforts to raise awareness, build capacity, and stimulate new opportunities to integrate global literacy into afterschool initiatives. The overall goals of the project are to inform afterschool and expanded learning policy and practice with lessons learned from high-performing education systems in other countries, and as a result, to realize a new definition of student success in the 21st Century. This project will include international research, work with the statewide afterschool networks and Asia Society’s Global Cities Education Network, and the development of recommendations of international best practices to align school-day curriculum and afterschool experiential learning to help youth achieve global competence.
This grant to American Institutes for Research will continue to support their efforts to collect and disseminate promising practices for school day and afterschool educators. Specifically, the grantee will: 1) develop tools and resources to assist afterschool educators in cultivating “noncognitive” skills or “personal learning competencies” for youth; 2) provide technical assistance and resources on expanded learning programs to states and districts; and 3) continue to work with the Afterschool Technical Assistance Collaborative, a consortium of national organizations providing technical assistance to the statewide afterschool networks in their efforts to further afterschool policies and practices.
The Mott Foundation’s Pathways Out of Poverty program supports initiatives around the U.S. that promote learning beyond the classroom especially for traditionally underserved children and youth — as a strategy for improving public education.
This grantmaking includes strengthening afterschool through technical assistance, research, evaluation and policy development, and by building public support. We also fund community schools internationally under our Civil Society program, as well as afterschool-related projects in Mott’s hometown of Flint, Michigan, via our Flint Area program.
Afterschool is not an afterthought: Terry Peterson strives to keep momentum growing for the field
Colleagues in the field call him "Mr. Afterschool." It's a title Terry Peterson doesn’t take lightly.
As chair of the Afterschool Alliance, Peterson strives to promote expanded learning as a strategy for school reform — particularly for students from low-income schools and neighborhoods. His experience and expertise make him a sought-after speaker on the national lecture circuit.
As a teacher, school administrator, community organizer and policymaker, Peterson has spent his career working with students, parents, community groups and elected officials to increase children’s access to high-quality public education. And he's convinced that better-quality afterschool and summer learning programs are essential components.
“Even when a school is performing well, the regular school day lacks sufficient time and opportunities to expose children and young people to the kind of academic, social and enrichment activities that will help them excel in school and in life,” he said.
“The only way schools have a shot at graduating a lot more students who are college- or career-ready is to provide more time, more people and more helping hands to get them there.
“That’s why afterschool and summer learning programs matter.”
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