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Kids on the Move: Afterschool Programs Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
America After 3PM: Afterschool Programs in Demand
Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success
The Mott Foundation’s Education 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.
Congratulations to the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network, recognized in this video for its work in developing quality standards for the state’s afterschool programs. Produced by WXIA-TV in Atlanta and featuring Network Lead Katie Landes, the standards — now in place in 32 states — are helping providers, families and funders build a common language around high-quality programming that benefits students academically, socially and emotionally.
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Created to align and reinforce what children are learning during regular school hours, the standards emphasize best practice across the following areas:
Since 2004, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has granted $900,000 to the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network, which is a member of a 50-state national network supported by Mott.
When Herb Higgin, coordinator of the Safe Harbor afterschool program in Michigan City, Indiana, asked Al Walus to mentor a newly organized high school robotics team, Walus not only signed on as a volunteer, but eventually recruited 16 engineers from other area companies.
Walus is a longtime member of Michigan City’s Economic Development Corporation and on the staff of Christopher Burke Engineering. He was concerned with preparing the area’s next-generation workforce — one capable of filling the increasingly high-tech, high-skill demands of local industry and businesses.
“Afterschool was our foot in the door,” he said. “It was an opportunity to pique kids’ interest in science, technology and engineering.”
Increasingly, Walus is convinced that afterschool is a space where curriculum innovation can take place — innovations that eventually could impact the regular school day.
“Our local branch of Purdue University had expanded their engineering program — that’s what ultimately sold me on the value of Safe Harbor,” he said. “If our kids are going to take advantage of that opportunity, we have to start engaging them with the sciences before high school. That’s just too late.”
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This grant will support the Oklahoma Public School Resource Center to continue a statewide afterschool network in Oklahoma. Over the next three years, the Oklahoma Statewide Afterschool Network will build a statewide coalition in support of afterschool programs and coordinate a unified vision to inform policy and quality afterschool initiatives. During this grant, the network’s initiatives and priorities will include: 1) informing and engaging key stakeholders in the network; 2) assessing afterschool programs throughout Oklahoma; and 3) creating a communications plan to raise awareness of the afterschool field and the network.
This grant will support the After-School All-Stars in implementing and developing an afterschool program at the Stuart-Hobson Middle School located in Washington, D.C. The mission of the After-School All-Stars is to provide comprehensive afterschool programs for at-risk middle school students to keep them safe and help them achieve in school and in life. As a result, the afterschool program will focus on a variety of areas such as tutoring, life skills, mentoring, and health and fitness. In addition, this program will serve as a pilot site for new and innovative national initiatives that will be disseminated to the afterschool education field.
This grant will allow McLean Hospital to support the Program in Education, Afterschool and Resiliency to continue to serve as the lead assessment advisor for the statewide afterschool networks on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) opportunities in afterschool programs. As part of a comprehensive partnership initiative with the Noyce Foundation, the Program in Education, Afterschool and Resiliency will: 1) conduct a qualitative and quantitative outcome assessment of 150 programs in ten states; 2) create a data system that can be accessed annually to provide information on STEM learning in afterschool programs; and 3) develop a summative report that can be distributed to policymakers, funders, and key stakeholders. The overall goal of this program is to increase the availability of high-quality informal science education for students attending afterschool programs and to increase the number of students who are interested in pursuing careers in the STEM fields.
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