The New York State Network for Youth Success: formerly AfterSchool Works! NY: the New York State Afterschool Network (ASW:NYSAN)
The New York State Network for Youth Success is the new, more inclusive name for the organization formerly known as AfterSchool Works! NY: the New York State Afterschool Network (ASW:NYSAN). This new name went into effect on May 1, 2016.
ASW:NYSAN was the combination of AfterSchool Works! NY and the New York State Afterschool Network. ASW:NYSAN was formed on June 1, 2015 to better serve the afterschool field in New York. The same work continues under the new name – the New York State Network for Youth Success.
AfterSchool Works! NY (ASW)
The organization formed as the New York State School Age Care Coalition in 1995. It became AfterSchool Works! New York (ASW) in 2008. ASW was the official state affiliate of the National Afterschool Association and served as a non-profit membership association for afterschool professionals in New York State. ASW administered the New York State School Age Care Credential, The New York State AfterSchool Accreditation Program, and an annual Training Institute. In addition, through an extensive network of intermediaries, training organizations and child care resource and referral agencies, it provided information, training, and support to afterschool professionals in order to build high-quality, sustainable afterschool programs that meet the needs of children, youth and their families.
The School Age Credential continues to promote quality services to children and families by providing specific standards, training and evaluation for afterschool professionals. Training for the credential is available via face-to-face programs that are offered by local host agencies as well as through a full distance learning model.
The New York State Afterschool Program Accreditation Model reflects the collective wisdom from the afterschool / youth development field and is modeled in part after the National Afterschool Association accreditation framework and the Quality Self-Assessment (QSA) Tool.
New York State Afterschool Network (NYSAN)
The New York State Afterschool Network began in 2001 as an advisory group to the New York State Education Department for the planning and implementation of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program. In 2003, this advisory group formally became the New York State Afterschool Network (NYSAN) with the support of funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and fiscal sponsorship from ExpandED Schools (formerly TASC).
In 2008, NYSAN completed the Quality Self-Assessment (QSA) Tool, a nationally recognized tool to assist program staff, young people, parents, school leaders, and other stakeholders in building the capacity of their programs. The QSA Tool has been adopted by the New York State Education Department, New York State Office of Children and Family Services, New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, and many other groups across New York State and nationally.
The Network is now part of a national network of 50 statewide networks supported by the Mott Foundation. NYSAN grew to an organization with ten affiliated regional networks and hundreds of participating partner organizations statewide.
The work of the Network is made possible through the generous contributions of its public and private supporters, which currently include:
Because of the legacy of ASW and NYSAN, The Network is the only statewide organization in New York State that brings together public and private sector leaders around a common agenda focused on building a high-quality system of expanded learning opportunities (ELOs) that support all young people in New York State in achieving success in school, work, and life.
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Meet our Speakers:Kim Viade is the founder and CEO of L.I.V.E. People Everyday Inc., Kim Viade spearheads the delivery of client-centric services and transformative leadership coaching. Through active collaboration with clients and stakeholders, she adeptly identifies growth opportunities within corporations, providing strategic guidance on program models and facilitating impactful professional development workshops. Kim Viade also serves as the NYS Credential Advisor & Endorser, extending her expertise to mentor individuals on NYC Department of Health regulations and licensing.Kim Viade has three decades of experience in the field of non-profit and education. In her prior role as the Director of Youth Services, Kim Viade led a dedicated team overseeing a diverse portfolio, including DYCD Beacon & Cornerstone Programs, Boys & Girls Clubs, Special Needs Programs, Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, Fee for Service Programs and more. Her strategic approach included maintaining great relationships with funders, schools, and community boards, contributing significantly to the success of various youth-focused initiatives and playing a crucial role in strategic planning for key initiatives. Kim found her passion of working with students with special needs while working for the NYC Department of Education. She is currently an advocate and assists families with understanding and navigating through the special education process. Kim’s mission is to lead with purpose, inspire with action, value every person and empower for change, is evident in the work she does with her clients.Register for the Empower Youth Success Conference here: networkforyouthsuccess.org/annual-conference/Read more about our presenters here: networkforyouthsuccess.org/annual-conference/presenter-bio/... See MoreSee Less
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Meet our Speakers:Jenny Young is the CEO and Founder of Brooklyn Robot Foundry. Jenny grew up with a love of tinkering and building and went on to get a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She then worked in various areas of systems management before segueing into education technology. While in tech-ed, Jenny witnessed an overwhelming need for more open-ended, hands-on learning for elementary school students. In 2011, Jenny launched Brooklyn Robot Foundry at the New York City Maker Faire. The company’s unique approach, combining kid-friendly projects with room for experimentation and creative design, captivated children and their caregivers. Jenny has spent the last 13 years growing the company and ultimately franchising it, now with locations in New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.Register for the Empower Youth Success Conference here: networkforyouthsuccess.org/annual-conference/Read more about our presenters here: networkforyouthsuccess.org/annual-conference/presenter-bio/... See MoreSee Less
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