What are the main interest areas in our field?
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While the new 2013 Afterschool and Youth Development State Action Plan provides some high level direction and guidance for the afterschool and youth development field (AYD), we have done some more informal surveying recently to gather feedback from the field.
At the March 2013 Washington Afterschool Network (WAN) and Washington Regional Afterschool Project (WRAP) meetings, 37 participants filled out a survey on topics and areas of interest in the afterschool and youth development field.
Results from the survey align well with the areas of focus here at School’s Out Washington including quality programs, summer learning, racial equity, and expanded learning opportunities.
Another area of high interest was STEM. This is great news and coincides with School’s Out Washington’s recent funding opportunity from the Noyce Foundation to support building a STEM afterschool system.
We’d love to hear from those of you in the AYD field specifically what kinds of tools and resources you are looking for to support STEM learning in your program. And if you have a STEM success story, please share with us. We will be working hard over the next several months to bring together partners to identify key elements in a statewide afterschool system so stay tuned for more STEM.
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