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2018 Afterschool Champion Award

EXTENDED Deadline: January 5, 2018

PSAYDN is accepting nominations for the 2018 Afterschool Champions. The champions should demonstrate outstanding work in developing, supporting and promoting meaningful high quality afterschool/OST programs to benefit children, youth and families across Pennsylvania. The winners will be recognized during the PSAYDN Annual Meeting on March 21, 2018, in Harrisburg, Pa.

There will be up to 13 awards given across four categories.

Category 1 – Individual (up to six awards [two per type])

  • Outstanding Policy and Advocacy Award
  • Outstanding Sustainability Award
  • Outstanding Quality Award

Category 2 – Organization (up to two awards)
Criteria: demonstrate dedication and inspiration for the OST community, help children and youth succeed
PSAYDN’s "Statement of Quality in Afterschool" and Vision Statement's three goals will be considered when reviewing nominations

Category 3 – Policymaker (up to two awards)
Criteria: familiarity with afterschool/OST/summer learning programs, support through funding, resource help, community connections

Category 4 – Youth (up to three awards)
Criteria: leadership within a program, mentorship abilities, consistent participation, champion for youth (i.e. resilience, strong peer relationships)

Nominate Your Afterschool Champion Now

2018 Pennsylvania STEM Ambassador Program

Developing STEM Policy Leaders in Pennsylvania


Application Deadline: Friday, January 26, 2018

The Pennsylvania Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Ambassador opportunity is a strategic way to achieve state STEM/workforce policy goals. Ambassadors advance policy goals through outreach, education, targeted relationships with policymakers and building a coalition of local and regional support. STEM Ambassadors are leaders within their organizations, interested and committed to sharing their experiences and content knowledge with influential stakeholders. They also serve as role models to inspire and encourage youth to pursue opportunities for STEM exploration in both formal and informal learning environments.

Apply if you have:

  • A commitment to personal and professional development and leadership growth
  • A track record of making things happen – inside and across agencies/organizations
  • A strong work ethic and are considered a high performer in a professional role
  • Interest/experience in STEM through workforce, education and/or informal learning environments
  • A desire to shape Pennsylvania policy through targeted relationships with elected officials and media
  • The endorsement of your employing organization/sponsor
  • Financial support/fundraising capability for associated program costs


Additional Ambassador Program information and application.


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