Positive outcomes for youth are the result of quality out-of-school programs.




If not involved in quality, out-of-school programs, children are at risk of engaging in negative behavior.



A key group of organizations and individuals is emerging to focus on improving out-of-school time for children and youth in VA.





All children and youth in Virginia have access to high quality out-of-school time that prepares them to be successful in school, work, and life.


To foster a statewide system of exemplary out-of-school programs and resources to support the academic, social, emotional, and physical development of Virginia’s children and youth.


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Developing Services for Virginia's School-age Children and Youth

VPOST, the Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School-Time, is a statewide  public-private partnership dedicated to developing and expanding academic, social, emotional, and physical supports and services to school-age children and youth across the Commonwealth of Virginia during the out-of-school time hours – before-school, after-school, vacation periods, and summer. V-post.org is the official website of the Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School-Time.


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VPOST Seeks Program Assistant

The Virginia Partnership for Out- of-School Time (VPOST) is seeking a part-time Program Assistant. This position is responsible for assistance in implementation of three organizational functions including marketing, fund development, and development and maintenance of a resource portal.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities include:

  • Conduct outreach to 21st Century Community Learning Center grantees
  • Create a system of vetting resources from out-of-school time providers and identify out-of-school state and national resources applicable to Virginia.
  • Create a dissemination plan to inform Virginia out-of-school time providers about availability and function of the resource portal.
  • Coordinate with tech support to upload vetted resources to the website.
  • Assist with updating content for social media and website
  • Generate communications appropriate to the implementation of programs/projects.
  • Provide technical assistance to participants/recipients of programs/projects.
  • Assist with research, writing and managing grant requests for program funding.
  • Ensure that all required paperwork is complete and correct.
  • Maintain accurate records and reports.
  • Respond to requests for information.
  • Plan and conduct marketing, recruitment and outreach efforts that include, but are not limited to, presentations/displays at professional meetings to promote VPOST and related programs.
  • Attend meetings, trainings, workshops and conferences as assigned related to this position.
  • Abide by the policies and procedures as set forth by Alternatives. Inc. as fiscal sponsor to VPOST.

What Can We Do?

Dear Afterschool Professional:

Events recently have left our small team at the National AfterSchool Association and the members of our community sad, frightened and asking, "What can we do?"
To all who work in this field, our answer is this: Keep doing what you are doing. Keep teaching children that love is greater than hate. Help them understand that violence is never an answer. Teach them to build bridges, not walls. Teach them to love and respect every single person. And above all, keep up the laser focus on developing their skills to acknowledge and manage feelings and use communication, compassion and curiosity to work through adversity.
We know this what you all do every day in your programs. That knowledge is one of the few things that gives us encouragement on days like this. Your servant leadership to the children you work with and for gives us hope for a much brighter future than we have today.

The Team at NAA


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America After 3PM

More Students in Virginia and Nationally Are Attending Summer Learning Programs, But Unmet Demand Is High. Washington, DC — Participation in summer learning programs in Virginia has increased in the last five years, but there is still tremendous unmet demand, according to data from the America After 3PM study. It found that 34 percent of families in the state report that at least one of their children participated in a summer learning program in 2013, compared with 26 percent in 2008. Nationally, 33 percent of families have at least one child in a summer learning program, up from 25 percent in 2008. Despite the progress at the state and national levels, the demand for summer programs far exceeds the rate of participation.


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7th Annual VPOST Conference

The 7th Annual VPOST Conference was sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education, the Virginia Department of Social Services, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and the SOHO Center.

This event was kicked off by VPOST Youth Ambassadors. They led attendees in a fun activity about how Afterschool and Out-of-School Time aids in workforce development. Blaire Denson, VPOST Director, spoke about the impact of out-of-school time programs on strengthening families, engaging youth, and improving outcomes for children and youth in Virginia. The keynote address was offered by Len Forkas, founder of Hopecam. Len motivated his audience by sharing his story about his son, the creation of Hopecam, and his endurance athleticism. Following Len's keynote address, Sara Dunnigan, with the Virginia Board of Workforce Development shared her experience in the field, and gave some personal and anecdotal insight about the readiness of today's youth for post-secondary options. Lynn Sodat, with the Virginia Department of Education spoke next about the new Every Student Succeeds Act.


Providing supper to kids through an afterschool program? The Virginia No Kid Hungry campaign is requesting your participation in a short (5-10 minute) survey designed to study how afterschool programs in the Commonwealth are meeting the nutritional needs of their participants. Please click here to support the First Lady’s initiative to end child hunger in Virginia and learn about about federal funding to provide kids with healthy meals after school. If you are interested in supporting your program’s food service with funding from the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and/or the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), please contact No Kid Hungry Virginia State Director, Eddie Oliver, at 804-692-2583 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For information about Virginia No Kid Hungry and grant opportunities follow No Kid Hungry on Facebook or Twitter, or visit their website.