After-School Network of Western New York
To be the regional resource, venue, and voice for afterschool and expanded learning systems-building in the region while communicating to local, state, and federal stakeholders about the benefits of out-of-school time enrichment opportunities.
Hosted by the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, the After-School Network of Western New York serves as an intersection point for after-school and out-of-school time stakeholders in Erie County. The network engages in systems-level work around policy, partnerships, and quality assurance to create conditions for programs to operate effectively and meet the diverse needs of young people in the region in out-of-school time settings. ASNWNY brings together program staff and community leaders to advance a vision of quality out-of-school programming for all students in the region. ASNWNY meets quarterly and operates several standing committees: (1). Steering, (2). Advocacy, (3). Systems Building, and (4). Professional Development. All out-of-school time stakeholders are welcome to join the network and affiliated subcommittees.
Areas represented: Erie County, Niagara County
Priority Areas of Work
- Articulate a vision and strategy for a coordinated afterschool system in the Western New York region focused on quality, accountability, and data systems.
- Visioning with key stakeholders in the region to build consensus about the need for afterschool networks that can promote the overall goals of quality, accountability, and data systems.
- Establish communications and/or capacity building infrastructure to support the needs of the local afterschool system around the following issues: a. Professional Development; b. Quality Standards; c. Advocacy; and, d. School / community collaboration, including school-day alignment with district goals and objectives
- Communicate and disseminate tools, resources, research, and other materials that will advance quality and systems-building for expanded learning opportunities.
- Establish structures, plans, and/or policies to sustain the work of the ASNWNY.
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“My favorite thing about the afterschool program is that I get to be an archaeologist observing artifacts from the past. I get to find them and observe to see how old it is and what it might have been used for.”