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Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) today announced Contrell Armor as its new director. In this position, Armor will work to promote high-quality afterschool and summer youth development programs through advocacy, capacity building and support for quality initiatives.

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Pennsylvania’s Lieutenant Governor, students and legislators from across the state shared their support and experiences with afterschool programs at the 2023 Afterschool Advocacy Day Rally, May 3, 2023, on the Pennsylvania state Capitol steps.

Several speakers shared their support for HB 795, Building Opportunity Through Out-of-School Time (BOOST) legislation which would provide $70 million in state funding for quality afterschool programs.

“As advocates of out-of-school time programming, you are champions for the future of our youth, and your dedication to creating positive learning environments is truly admirable,” stated Contrell Armor, director of Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network. “Your work has a profound impact on the lives of countless children and families, and we are grateful for your unwavering commitment to improving education and promoting positive youth development.”




On Dec. 1, 2022, PSAYDN honored 10 individuals and one organization as Afterschool Champions for outstanding work in developing, supporting and promoting meaningful high quality afterschool or out-of-school time (OST) programs to benefit children, youth and families across Pennsylvania. The annual champion recognitions emphasize the importance of afterschool and summer learning programs in the state. The awards align with PSAYDN’s mission to promote sustainable, high quality out-of-school time youth development programs through advocacy and capacity building to enhance the welfare of Pennsylvania’s children, youth and families.

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The Pennsylvania Youth Action Network (PAYAN) is a youth-led leadership group made up of a collection of the top youth leaders throughout the State of Pennsylvania. PAYAN meets regularly throughout the calendar year to collaborate, create strategies and examine issues affecting youth of all races, colors, genders and nationalities within Pennsylvania.

PSAYDN is looking for 15-20 high school students to join PAYAN — have your students apply today for this unique opportunity.


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