Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) Youth Development Champions Program Call for Nominations

| January 14, 2020

By Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE)

Dear Out-of-School time friends, 
 
We are excited to announce the launch of our new Youth Development Champions Program!
 
In an effort to engage our larger community in the work that we do, we are launching a Youth Development Champions Program. This program will allow community leaders to help increase their knowledge of youth development and out-of-school time, while connecting them to and pushing forward the work they are already doing.
 
Driven by their local needs and interests, Champions work with AzCASE to define their year-long goals and strategies. Each champion will serve as a catalyst for fostering partnerships and promoting collaboration to increase awareness and support for youth development in their communities.
 
The Youth Development Champions Program gives individuals a unique opportunity to create a network and build relationships with local policymakers, parents, community leaders, and many other key stakeholders in their county to advocate for youth development with an emphasis to promote equity and increase access for expanded learning opportunities in the out-of-school time field.
 
Champions spend one year working directly with AzCASE to host a Youth Development Day at the Capitol, several Lights on Afterschool and Summer Learning Day events, engage local elected officials, and foster deeper relationships between afterschool program providers and their communities.
 
Champions will receive in-depth advocacy and public speaking training and access to exclusive professional development opportunities including free registration to the 2020 School’s Out, Make It Count Conference, and AzCASE spring PD in addition to the possibility to attend other national youth development events and conferences such as National Afterschool Association and the Afterschool for All Challenge in Washington, DC.
 
A successful Champion should be:
  • Interested in increasing access to high-quality afterschool, summer, and expanded learning programs.
  • Committed to advocating for out-of-school time programs and the young people and families they serve.
  • Involved and informed in one or more current OST trends and topics such as:
    • Business Engagement
    • Family Engagement
    • Healthy Living and Nutrition
    • School-Community Partnerships
    • Social and Emotional Learning , ACE’s and Trauma Informed Care
    • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    • English Language Learners
    • Summer Learning
    • Informal STEM/STEAM education
    • Workforce Development
 
If you know someone who is passionate about youth development and wants to advocate for Arizona’s children and families, please submit their nomination.
 
We are accepting nominations until January 24. The inaugural class of Champions will be selected in late January. Nominees will be selected based on qualifications and geographic diversity.
Sincerely, 
 
Courtney C. Sullivan, MBA
Executive Director
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence
602-734-5434 | azafterschool.org 

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