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. 



Gov. McDonnell knows how important it is to keep the lights on after school. Here's what he had to say:

"This governor enthusiastically endorses Lights On Afterschool and commits our state to engage in innovative afterschool programs and activities that ensure the lights stay on and the doors stay open for all children after school."

Afterschool advocates like you have been working tirelessly to make Virginia's Lights On Afterschool celebrations the best yet! So far, 180 celebrations have been registered in your state, but there's still more you can do to shine a light on the Virginia programs that keep kids safe, inspire learning and help working families.

Bob McDonnell has issued an official proclamation making Oct. 17 #LightsOnAfterschool Day! Share how you're celebrating Lights On Afterschool and the programs that keep our kids safe, inspire learning and help working families in Virginia!


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