Check out the latest news about NAA and special announcements pertinent to the field of afterschool.

Candidate Applications Open for the NAA Board of Directors

Tuesday, 09 May 2023 11:50

The National AfterSchool Association (NAA), a professional membership organization governed by a Board of Directors, is seeking candidates to fill board positions for terms starting July 2023. The primary focus of this year’s board applications is on leaders whose work and professional expertise can further the goals of NAA and the afterschool profession.

NAA23 Top 20 Presenters and 22 Sessions Announced

Monday, 08 May 2023 10:20

The National AfterSchool Association (NAA) annually honors the presenters of top NAA Convention sessions, and the results from NAA23 are officially in! With past favorites and new faces in the line-up, these extraordinary sessions and presenters were selected by Convention participants for their excellent content, dynamic facilitation, and relationship-building skills. They helped create the fantastic Convention experience the NAA community expects. 

Building Community Through Professional Development

Wednesday, 03 May 2023 09:37

When you hear the words “professional development”, what do you think of? If you imagine sitting in a classroom or listening endlessly to a monotone lecture, you’re not alone. When we surveyed our partners, they confirmed our worst fears – the most available PD is one-and-done workshops that don’t allow time for discussion, practice, and follow up.

Purposeful Pathways: Our Time with New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities

Wednesday, 03 May 2023 09:36

NAA had the opportunity to join the statewide network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities as they hosted their 2023 conference, Purposeful Pathways: Expanding Access, Increasing Opportunities. Not only did it coincide with AfterSchool Professionals Appreciation Week, but it was NJSACC's 30th anniversary of advocating for implementing the New Jersey Quality Afterschool Standards and supporting the development, continuity, and expansion of out-of-school time programs. 

Celebrating Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week Across the Nation

Wednesday, 26 April 2023 09:21

Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week 2023 is finally here! This week-long celebration serves as an opportunity for leaders and organizations to recognize, appreciate, and advocate for the afterschool professionals making a difference in their community. This awareness effort shines the light on OST workers’ efforts and accomplishments, and we wanted to know how YOU would be honoring their contributions!

Fill Their Balloon: the Power of Words & Actions

Wednesday, 26 April 2023 09:20

Growing up in the 90s, I’ve watched more episodes of MTV’s Real World than I care to admit. The show was hailed for depicting relevant issues in young adulthood including prejudice, sexuality, politics, and more. For me, it was where I was introduced to the first openly gay person I saw represented on television.

Tools You Can Use: Webinar for the Wallace Foundation Funding Tool

Wednesday, 26 April 2023 09:19

High-quality out-of-school time programs play an important role in the lives of our nation’s young people by offering youth additional opportunities for positive experiences that support the development of important skills, attitudes, and behaviors. OST programs can be a key lever for community and local system leaders to help reverse longstanding inequities, but the lack of robust, comprehensive funding is often a barrier to program expansion and quality improvement efforts in:

It’s in the Research: 11 Sources Showing the Value of OST Professionals

Wednesday, 26 April 2023 09:16

If you are working as an advocate for job quality in the youth development profession and are looking for the sources behind the phrase “research shows that out-of-school time (OST) professionals are the linchpin to program quality,” look no further. 

Achievery Learning Cohort’s NAA23 Kick-Off Sets Exciting Tone

Wednesday, 19 April 2023 11:15

The inaugural Achievery Learning cohort kicked off at the 2023 NAA national convention. It was a great time to come together as a group to learn, laugh, dance, and share their collective passion for OST. Meet our amazing group of leaders who will be working together through November to learn from each other and share strategies for finding, adapting, and implementing free online resources for use within OST programs.

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