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This grant will allow the Afterschool Alliance to increase the quality and visibility of afterschool programs through building a network of AmeriCorps VISTAs skilled in afterschool issues. The VISTAs will work to enhance the capacity of the statewide afterschool networks and increase implementation of afterschool meals programs. Additionally, the Afterschool Alliance will expand the scope of the AmeriCorps VISTA program by hosting several additional VISTAs focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning opportunities within the afterschool field.
This grant provides continued support to Grantmakers for Education, the only national association that works to advance the field of education philanthropy. With a mission to strengthen philanthropy's capacity to improve educational outcomes and opportunities for all students, the organization helps foundation leaders and staff become more effective grantmakers by boosting their knowledge and their networks. Specifically, the organization will: 1) sustain and improve overall programming and communications activities that help education grantmakers succeed in their work; and 2) provide staffing support and coordination to the Out-of-School Time Network group to increase access to high-quality out-of-school time experiences for young people and build systemic supports to sustain the field.
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Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success.
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.
Strength and depth of afterschool programs an eye-opener for new program associate Kari Pardoe
Kari Pardoe, who recently joined the staff of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation as an associate program officer assigned to the afterschool grant portfolio, comes to Mott with substantial experience in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, Pardoe directed The LEAGUE Michigan, a statewide K-12 service-learning and philanthropy education program of the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA). She joined the MNA in 2006 after serving as manager of community relations at the Pistons Palace Foundation for Palace Sports and Entertainment in Auburn Hills. Pardoe also worked for the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) in Grand Haven as a program associate and managed grant requests for the Isiah Thomas Foundation in Birmingham, Mich. A graduate of Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts in Commercial and Community Recreation, Pardoe earned a master’s in Public Administration in Nonprofit Administration from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich.
Mott: Kari, prior to arriving at Mott, you worked for several philanthropic institutions. What attracted you to this line of work?
Pardoe: What I’ve looked for in my past professional positions — philanthropic and nonprofit — was the chance to work with young people — and to provide them with opportunities they might otherwise not have access to. When I was growing up in Marshall, Michigan, I was fortunate to have people who saw potential in me and who provided me with a variety of opportunities that helped steer me to where I am today.
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1 Catalyst (2006). “After-School Worries: Tough on Parents, Bad for Business”
3 Afterschool Alliance (2012). “Formal Evaluations of Afterschool Programs’ Impact on Behavior, Safety and Family Life”
4 Policy Studies Associates, Inc. (2009). “Evidence of Program Quality and Youth Outcomes in the DYCD Out-of-School Time Initiative: Report on the Initiative’s First Three Years”
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