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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 M. 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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Afterschool effect on the economy

1 Catalyst (2006). “After-School Worries: Tough on Parents, Bad for Business”
2 Ibid
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”

Additional Resources

Afterschool Alliance   Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project   The Finance Project’s Out-of-School Time Clearinghouse   Harvard Family Research Project's Out-of-School Time Program Research and Evaluation Database   National Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks