- Program Education
- Program Area Advancing Afterschool
- Grant Amount $225,000
- Grant Period October 1, 2011–September 30, 2014
- Location Chicago, IL, United States
- Geographic Focus Illinois
About this grant
This grant will support the Voices for Illinois Children to coordinate the Illinois Statewide Afterschool Network. In addition to continuing the network’s core work to advance afterschool programs in Illinois, it will complete a multiyear project to support and coordinate a new statewide youth development council. The statewide council is mandated by new legislation in Illinois, the Afterschool Youth Development Act, focused on coordinating and strengthening the state’s afterschool and youth development services. Through serving as the key facilitator of the council, the network seeks to expand youth development systems in Illinois. To ensure that new models and best practices are incorporated nationally, the network will share lessons learned and products with the other statewide afterschool networks.