This opportunity is made possible by generous funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and PSAYDN’s extensive network of partners.
We are looking for interested organizations committed to leading youth entrepreneurial programming and serve as a regional Hub for youth to encourage success in bridging career pathways and igniting STEM passions.
Three successful applicants will receive one-time seed funding of $10,000 to launch the initiative, as well as training and communications support (valued at more than $15,000), access to an online student career portal platform (Tallo, Inc.) and development of a sustainable, membership model to build additional capacity.
Schools, state agencies, colleges and universities, intermediate units, consortiums, nonprofits, afterschool and summer learning programs, business and industry and STEM Learning Ecosystems are all encouraged to apply.
For additional questions, contact Laura Saccente, PSAYDN director.
The Pennsylvania Afterschool delegation met with 2019 PSAYDN Afterschool Policymaker Champion Congressman Glenn Thompson during the Afterschool Alliance’s “Afterschool for All Challenge”. Visits were made to Senators Toomey and Casey, Congresswomen Scanlon and Dean, and Congressmen Thompson, Perry and Doyle.
Photo to the left from left to right: Jim McPartlin, Shasta Wagner, Congressman Thompson, Malik Potter, Caroline Allen, Laura Saccente and Vince Litrenta
Advocates push for investments in preparing children and youth for future workforce needs, cite introduction of House Resolution on Afterschool Return On Investment.
HARRISBURG, Pa., March 27, 2019 — The Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) today convened nearly 200 advocates including students and parents, educators and program providers, policymakers, community, business and faith-based leaders from across Pennsylvania at the capitol to highlight the importance of afterschool and out-of-school time youth development programs. Numerous legislative visits reminded the commonwealth’s leaders that afterschool programs provide many benefits, including keeping kids safe, inspiring them to learn and helping working families. The event was a call to action for all levels of government, philanthropy, business and every sector to step up and do more to support afterschool initiatives.
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.
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