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Cultivating Partnerships: Building Relationships for Sustaining High Quality Programs

January 18, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


What are the benefits to enduring partnerships? What are the best first steps to take to get strong partnerships going? How can municipalities and school districts work together to create high quality afterschool and summer programs? What steps can we take to develop and support champions for our programs? ….and learn about the timely resources the Network for Youth Success has to help you use ARP dollars to build enduring afterschool and summer programs.

Presented by:

Nathan Beck is the current MOST (Madison Out of School Time) Coordinator for the City of Madison, Wisconsin and the Madison Metropolitan School District. His current work focuses on coordinating the city-wide system of Out of School Time services for young people in Madison, where he has the privilege of working closely alongside hundreds of stakeholders dedicated to creating a more just city through leveraging the radical promise of Out of School Time (OST) organizations.

Nathan has been in the OST field for over a decade where he has developed and directed nationally awarded youth development programs, started innovative public/private partnerships with local school districts, and has written and published about the OST field. His work has appeared in venues such as The Review of Research in Education, Routledge, and a range of other smaller publications.​ He is a current White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellow.

Christina Dandino is the Director of the Greater Rochester Afterschool and Summer Alliance (GRASA). She has over 30 years of experience in the youth development planning, programming, funding, and policy arena within the public and private sector. She has overseen county, state and federal grants, including coordination, facilitation and directing of a $6M federal collaborative Safe Schools/Health Students (SS/HS) Grant among Rochester City School District (19 schools), Rochester Police Department, Monroe County Office of Human Services, Monroe County Office of Mental Health, and Monroe County Office of Probation.

Chris has been involved with GRASA since its start in 2001 by the Community Foundation, first representing Monroe County, then as a consultant in 2014-2015 to implement GRASA’s comprehensive quality initiative. She became the Director of GRASA when it was launched as a formal staffed intermediary by the Foundation in January 2016. GRASA has been engaged in a process to Reimagine Out-of-School Time in the community to create an interconnected system of equitable, engaging youth development learning opportunities for youth and their families.

Chris is actively engaged in youth policy and systems change work. She is involved with local collective impact initiatives and collaborative efforts throughout the Greater Rochester area.

Moderated by:

Jay Roscup has served as an afterschool youth worker, ELA teacher, non-profit Executive and school administrator. He operated as the Safe Schools Healthy Students Project Director role at Sodus CSD and the Director of the Community Schools Initiative in Lyons for a competitive NYS grant. In those roles, he organized building supports, served on student intervention teams, and worked in areas ranging from early childhood to juvenile justice and mental health. Currently, Jay is the Community Schools Director for Wayne County Community Schools where he supports coordinators at four schools on the journey to being Full Service Community Schools and is a Project Director for a Full Service Community Schools grant.



January 18, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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