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Congressman Glenn Thompson Honored as 2019 Afterschool Champion

The Honorable Glenn Thompson excepting his 2019 Afterschool Champion Policymaker Award from Laura Saccente, director of PSAYDN

The Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) recognized 15 champions including elected officials, practitioners, youth and organizations for innovation and excellence in afterschool and summer learning programs that keep kids safe, inspire learning and help working families.

PSAYDN honored U.S. Representative Glenn Thompson as an Afterschool Champion for outstanding work in supporting and promoting meaningful high quality afterschool and out-of-school time programs to benefit children, youth and families across Pennsylvania. The awards took place last night during PSAYDN’s annual reception, which brought together elected officials, program providers, youth, faith-based leaders, parents and business leaders to emphasize the importance of afterschool programs in the state.

Afterschool programs pick up where the school day leaves off. In addition to offering kids a safe, supervised place to go before and after school, on weekends and during summers to get academic help; programs provide a variety of activities – art, music, dance, sports, science, service learning, career exploration and much more – that help kids develop new interests and skills. The Afterschool Champion Awards honor programs, elected officials, youth and practitioners for excellence in the service of children, schools and communities.

Press Release | Meet All the 2019 Afterschool Champions


Program develops STEM policy leaders in Pennsylvania and recognizes 31 members of the second cohort.

Harrisburg, Pa.— Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) today announced the second cohort of the Pennsylvania STEM Ambassadors Program, which aims to shape the future of STEM education in the commonwealth by targeting vital policy conversations to legislative leadership in the areas of STEM Learning ecosystems, computer science, apprenticeships, state and federal policy for formal and informal education, and workforce needs.

“Afterschool and summer programs play a major role in providing meaningful science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning experiences to diverse groups of youth and PSAYDN is proud to join the ambassadors and partners in this important work,” said PSAYDN director Laura Saccente.


Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Pennsylvania State Capitol, Harrisburg, Pa.

Join the Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network, in partnership with Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST), Pennsylvania School-Age Child Care Alliance (PENN SACCA), for Afterschool Advocacy Day.

Advocates including parents, program providers, youth, educators, faith-based leaders, community and business leaders from across the state will come together to highlight the importance of out-of-school time opportunities in our state.

The day will include a legislative breakfast and visits with legislators, STEM table displays and Rally in the Capitol Rotunda.


March 14, 2019 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Hilton, Harrisburg, Pa.

Join us for a celebration of Pennsylvania quality out-of-school time efforts. Learn about PSAYDN activities over the past twelve months, enjoy youth entertainment and celebrate the 2019 PSAYDN Afterschool Champions.

The Annual Meeting and Reception will take place in conjunction with the 2019 Extra Learning Opportunities Conference for 21st CCLC grantees being held March 13-15, 2019. Grantees can register for the meeting and reception at the same time when registering for the ELO conference. If you have already registered for the ELO Conference and are unsure if you selected to attend the meeting and reception, contact PSAYDN.

For any registration or general event questions, please contact PSAYDN.


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