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Tuesday, 15 May 2012 09:01

Virginia’s Out-of-School Time Summit

The Power of Out-of-School Time: Engaging Youth, Strengthening Families,
and Transforming Communities

On June 6, 2012 nearly 200 active community leaders including mayors, county superintendents, policy makers, city managers, school division superintendents, police chiefs, CEOs of youth serving organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs and YMCAs, directors of city departments, funders, and more from across the state gathered to build champions for Engaging Youth, Strengthening Families, and Transforming Communities in Virginia cities and communities statewide. Hosted by Richmond's Mayor, Dwight Jones at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, local level leaders from around the state built knowledge and public will in support of Engaging Youth, Strengthening Families, and Transforming Communities, by creating champions at the local level who can lead community-based efforts to increase supports and services for their youth.  The event included representatives from the National League of Cities, Wallace Foundation, Virginia Municipal League, Virginia Association of Counties, and Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time.   

This event featured a Keynote address regarding The True Foundation for Virginia's  Future Economic Growth: Time to Put Kids First in Virginia featuring Gary McCollum, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Cox Communications.  A National Perspective was presented by Bela Shah Spooner from National League of Cities, and Lucas Held from the Wallace Foundation. Panel discussions from a local perspective on Out-of-School Time Availability and Accessibility, Workforce Development, Drop-Out Prevention, System Building/Partnerships, Youth Delinquency and Gang Activity, and Behavioral Health Issues presented both challenges and solutions facing the out-of-school field. An opportunity for focused conversations within local teams to generate ideas, action plans, and next steps was provided during lunch. The Virginia School Age Child Care Association sponsored the lunch. The ultimate goal of the event was not only to create local champions for Engaging Youth, Strengthening Families, and Transforming Communities, but also to build public will and practical structures to support youth access to quality Out-of-School Time Programs in communities statewide.



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