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Mayors Afterschool Leadership Project

United States Conference of Mayors

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Advancing Afterschool
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period September 1, 2002–June 30, 2003
  • Location Washington, DC, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

High expectations for academic performance associated with education reform efforts have increased attention on afterschool programs as a way to involve students in high quality learning activities to improve their school performance. Unfortunately, a gap remains between the demand for and supply of high quality, affordable afterschool programs. Funding will support efforts to increase and further develop mayoral involvement in strengthening the afterschool sector on the local, state and national levels. Project goals include providing professional staff to assist mayors in focusing leadership attention on the afterschool sector; hosting a mayors’ afterschool session; encouraging mayors to personalize a public service announcement message that will increase visibility for the afterschool issues in their local communities; establishing a public-private collaborative model to seed a workforce development system to afterschool and youth workers in Boston; and sharing lessons learned.The U.S. Conference of Mayors, the official nonpartisan organization of nearly 1,200 cities with populations of 30,000 or more, works to promote the development of effective national urban/suburban policy, strengthen federal-city relationships and provide a forum for mayors to share ideas and information.