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,
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 typically held in Newark, Chicago and Dallas, but are now virtual and open to anyone who is interested. 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.”
“The Afterschool Development movement is helping young people develop into something bigger and better, giving them a space in which they can dare to dream, and then see those dreams realized in tangible ways.”