Afterschool Leadership Cadre to Assist Other Cities

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Senior municipal staff from 24 cities that are at advanced stages of creating citywide afterschool systems will participate in a new Afterschool Leadership Cadre sponsored by NLC.

This group, launched by NLC's Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) at the 2007 National Summit on Your City's Families in San Antonio, will advise other city officials on their afterschool efforts, guide the YEF Institute's work on afterschool, and solidify cities as a hub of knowledge and experience on afterschool systems.

New support from The Wallace Foundation and continued support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation enabled the expansion of the YEF Institute's Aflerschool Policy Advisors' Network (APAN) Steering Committee to create the Leadership Cadre.

Local leaders from this group will serve as experts and advisors to NLC by providing information on the most pressing needs that face local communities and offering tools that have been helpful in their afterschool efforts. Through resources, tools, peer-to-peer networking and technical assistance, the Leadership Cadre will help other cities that strive to implement a citywide afterschool system or strengthen local afterschool programs.

The group will also play a key role in bolstering the number of mayors and council members who are actively engaged in local out-of-school time efforts, and will help provide direction for upcoming afterschool peer learning community conference calls and the 2008 National City Afterschool Summit, which takes place May 12-14, 2008, in Washington, D.C.

This leadership group includes the following cities: Alexandria, Va.; Baltimore; Baton Rouge, La.; Boise, Idaho; Boston; Bridgeport, Conn.; Chicago; Denver; Detroit; Florence, S. …