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Founded in 2004, Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) at Center for Schools and Communities is one of 50 statewide afterschool networks funded through the Mott Foundation and a host of other funders.

Our mission is to promote sustainable, high quality out-of-school time (OST) youth development programs through advocacy and capacity building to enhance the welfare of Pennsylvania’s children, youth and families.

With nearly 3,000 members, over 6,000 recognized OST providers, over 100 partners, and serving in all 67 counties, PSAYDN has grown the network by providing services and supports that influence and impact afterschool on national, statewide, and regional levels.

2024 Pennsylvania Afterschool Advocacy Day, June 5, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., State Capitol

More than 250 Students and Advocates Visit the State Capitol to Support Afterschool Programs

Students in afterschool programs from across Pennsylvania were joined by educators, program professionals, community leaders and legislators to share their support and experiences with afterschool programs at the 2024 Afterschool Advocacy Day, June 5, 2024, at the Pennsylvania State Capitol through legislative visits and Legislative Caucus and Youth Voice press events.

Preparing for STEM Careers, June 26, 11 a.m.

Preparing for STEM Careers: 5 Strategies to Ignite Interest in STEM Careers

June 26 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET

This virtual session will highlight five ways to engage young people in STEM with a focus on the future.


  • Strategies to support STEM career exploration during out-of-school time.
  • Techniques for incorporating relevant standards and digital resources.
  • Methods to recognize, nurture and honor student passions and aptitude in STEM.
  • Strategies for guiding youth in uncovering their own STEM identity and career aspirations.

PSAYDN Youth Development Digest

Get the latest resources, tools, opportunities, and stay connected with PSAYDN’s growing network.

Donate to the PSAYDN Fund

Through the Susquehanna Education Foundation, donate to the PSAYDN Fund to expand access to out-of-school (OST) programming, provide vital resources to all communities, build advocacy efforts, award scholarships and foster a lifelong love of learning in children, youth, and families.


PSAYDN supports and advocates for sustainable, high-quality afterschool programs by drawing together key decision-makers committed to improving outcomes for youth, their families, and communities. PSAYDN is part of a national collective of Statewide Afterschool Networks committed to improving and advancing afterschool opportunities across the nation. Statewide Afterschool Networks now exist in 50 states across the country, with new states added every year since 2001. These networks are all focused on improving education and out-of-school time opportunities for children and youth, particularly low- income children, and are geared toward achieving three primary goals around partnerships, policy, and quality.


The mission of the Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network is 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.


PSAYDN’s vision is that all children and youth deserve access to high quality out-of-school time programs that promote positive youth development and support the successful transition to adulthood.


  1. Create a sustainable structure of statewide, regional and local partnerships, particularly school-community partnerships, focused on supporting policy development at all levels.
  2. Support the development and growth of statewide policies that will secure the resources that are needed to sustain new and existing afterschool programs.
  3. Support statewide systems to ensure programs are of high quality.

Closely tied to PSAYDN’s mission, vision and goals is our Statement of Quality – a collective of principles and ideals to guide all afterschool stakeholders and decision makers in the actions of afterschool programming, regardless of the program purpose or ages served.

PSAYDN’s Statement of Quality in Afterschool

The four core areas necessary for a quality afterschool program are structure and management, positive connections, safety and health, and activities.

Structure and Management

  • Well-trained, consistent staff and volunteers that represent the community being served.
  • Written policies and procedures that are consistently used and updated and supported by management.
  • Sustainable funding and sound fiscal management.
  • Continuous improvement methods including evaluation, outcomes measurement, participant and family input, strategic planning, and professional development.

Positive Connections

  • Positive relationships between and among youth and staff.
  • Strong partnerships with families, schools, businesses and other community stakeholders.
  • Opportunities for youth to contribute to the well-being of the community.

Safety and Health

  • Safe and accessible environment.
  • Clean and well-maintained facilities.
  • Programming and environments which promote fitness, good nutrition and healthy choices.


  • Activities that are intentionally designed, age-appropriate, develop skills, promote learning and foster positive youth development.
  • Activities that contain varied content, learning strategies and combine different academic, recreational and cultural elements.
  • Activities that are youth-centered, responsive to youth interests and actively involve youth in program development, planning and implementation.
  • Activities that promote understanding and respect for youth’s and others’ cultures.

Our partners and supporters

PSAYDN gratefully acknowledges support from a diverse network of partners and supporters who are crucial to developing and sustaining our initiatives. Most of PSAYDN’s program resources, professional development and advocacy efforts are products of local, regional, state and national collaborations.

logo. Afterschool Alliance
logo. Center for Schools and Communities
logo. C S I U. Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit
logo. Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
logo. e p l c
logo. Overdeck Family Foundation
logo Pennsylvania Department of Education
logo. stem education coalition
logo. stem next opportunity fund

Please contact PSAYDN if you or your organization are interested discussing new collaborative opportunities that will support high quality out-of-school time for children and youth in Pennsylvania.