Afterschool Development Working Groups
Every working group meeting presents the opportunity for practitioners to think bigger and to develop a holistic approach to afterschool.—Gloria Lopez CEO,
Trinity River Mission Dallas; Dallas, TX
Building an Afterschool Development Movement
Over the last decade, the All Stars Project has been creating cross-sector conversations at Afterschool Development conferences and working group meetings across the country around two themes: How does afterschool help young people to develop? How do we develop the afterschool movement?
Out of these grassroots conversations and community building activities has emerged a new movement of leaders and front-line practitioners from over 250 community, civic, faith, cultural, education and other organizations.
Afterschool Development Working Groups (ADWG) are held in Newark, Chicago and Dallas, and they give those involved a forum in which they can share challenges, make connections and deepen their understanding of Afterschool Development as an “other than school” strategy for social transformation in America.
“My work is all about elevating the opportunities available and working with folks to make those connections.”
“Development means meeting young people where they are, no matter where it is. We must inspire confidence in growth.”
“The Afterschool Development movement needs to be acknowledged as a system of education and given the same support, the same advocacy and the same intention as schools.”
“I am very proud to be part of an Afterschool Development movement that is enabling young people to play and perform, to take risks and be curious, to live lives of compassion and love, to engage with the world as leaders and to grow and dream new dreams.”