Second Annual Leadership Summit

The Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time (VPOST) hosted their 2nd Annual Leadership Summit on October 13, 2011 at the Sheraton Park South Hotel in Richmond.  In attendance were 63 guests from a diverse array of organizations across Virginia.  Chairman of the Executive Committee, Dr. Mark Emery, welcomed the guests, gave a brief history of the organization, and cited some persuasive statistics on the complexion of the out-of-school arena in the Commonwealth.  Dr. Emery is the Administrator for the Office of After-School Programs in Fairfax County Public Schools and a founding member of VPOST.  He spoke about need for quality out-of-school time programs to keep our youth from engaging in at-risk behaviors and to help them prosper in the workforce.  Dr. Emery introduced Blaire Denson, the Director of VPOST, to moderate the sessions throughout the day.



Richmond to Host Mayoral Summit on Afterschool Learning Opportunities

~Virginia is one of nine states selected nationwide to host educational expansion meetings~ 

Richmond, VA – Mayor Dwight C. Jones and the Virginia Partnership For Out-Of-School Time (VPOST) are proud to announce that the city of Richmond will host a Mayoral Summit on June 6, 2012 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center to discuss the need for before and after school programs, summer activities and other out-of-school time (OST) learning opportunities for youth. To strengthen ways that city and state leaders collaborate to provide these opportunities, the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education and Families (YEF Institute)

has selected nine statewide afterschool networks from across the country to host mayoral summits on expanding access to afterschool programs and building citywide OST systems. The project is generously supported through a partnership between the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and The Wallace Foundation. Planning for a 2012 Richmond Mayoral Summit will begin in the upcoming weeks.



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Mark Emery Honored as an Afterschool Champion in Nation’s Capital



The Afterschool Alliance honored Mark H. Emery, Ph.D., Administrator for After-School Programs for Fairfax County Public Schools, for his support for afterschool programs at the “Breakfast of Champions,” a gala event in Washington, D.C. featuring FIRST Robotics founder Dean Kamen.


Organizational Development and Strategic Planning Session

Eighteen members of the Leadership Council attended an Organizational Development and Strategic Planning Session for The Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time (VPOST) on March 31st and April 1st at the Hotel Sierra in Richmond, Virginia. Janelle Cousino from the Afterschool Technical Assistance Collaborative and Katie Campbell from Skye Consulting co-facilitated the planning session. 


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