Earlier this week we shared some of our proudest moments from 2014. Today, we’re sharing accomplishments from our partners that made their 2014 highlight reels.
After School Matters hosted a very special guest in November — U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan! Secretary Duncan met Chicago teens who participate in a range of After School Matters programs — from dance, mosaics, computers, and more. The programs got a hearty stamp of approval from Secretary Duncan who said, “What After School Matters is doing in Chicago can be a model for the nation.” Don’t miss the photos from Secretary Duncan’s visit!
- Prime Time Palm Beach County honed their storytelling with a new whiteboard video that explains their impact in making out-of-school-time programs throughout Palm Beach County the best they can be.
- The Providence After School Alliance celebrated 10 years of bringing high-quality, hands-on learning opportunities to youth in Providence with a birthday bash with friends and supporters, including Congressman David Cicilline and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras. Check out their 10th anniversary video for testimonies from students on how PASA has brightened their future.
- In July, the Nashville After Zone Alliance moved from the Mayor’s Office of Children and Youth to become a part of the Nashville Public Library. This move helps to ensure long-term sustainability and provides avenues to bring the library’s vast literacy resources to the NAZA after-school sites. And Mayor Karl Dean is a fan, saying, “I look forward to NAZA continuing its vital work as part of a great organization like Nashville Public Library, which is strongly focused on supporting our children’s education.”
- The Partnership for Children and Youth studied successful partnerships between schools and after-school programs throughout California to find what really makes them tick. The resulting report, Time Well Spent, highlights strategies that all districts can use to build smarter, more sustainable partnerships.
- TASC turned 15 and celebrated supporting more than 600,000 students with expanded and enriched learning opportunities. TASC’s legacy report, After-School and Beyond: A 15-Year History of The After-School Corporation reflects on the challenges TASC has faced over the years, the lessons learned, and what’s to come in the future.
- Boston After School and Beyond‘s Summer Learning Project had its best summer yet, working with 50 schools and 16 community partners across the city. And initial results from a RAND study found that students who attended BASB summer programs and programs in other cities improved their scores on math assessments.
- Youthprise’s annual Summit was a major highlight of 2014. The event, called “Youth and Adults Working in Concert” brought more than 250 youth and adults together at Orchestra Hall to build the field of expanded learning and engage youth in the process.
- The Family League of Baltimore got the exciting news that their programs may help keep kids engaged in school. A new study found that community school students who attended out-of-school time had higher attendance rates and lower rates of chronic absence.
Congrats to our partners on their many, many accomplishments in 2014. Here’s to an even bigger 2015!