April 16 Afterschool Summit to Help Chart Course for Quality Programs

Thursday, April 10 2014

MOSCOW, Idaho – April 9, 2014 – The Idaho Afterschool Network will host a summit April 16 to convene instrumental stakeholders who are defining new ways of developing high quality expanded learning opportunities for children statewide.

Featuring leaders and advocates of successful programs, Idaho’s Afterschool Summit will be held at the Sun Valley Conference Center. Its goal is drawing together the broad-based alliance interested in ensuring young people across the state benefit.

The summit builds on the University of Idaho Extension 4-H Youth Development program and Idaho State Department of Education collaboration to facilitate the afterschool network.

Keynote speakers during the summit will include Patricia Kempthorne, Twiga Foundation founder and president who served as Idaho’s first lady; and Janet Schmidt, School’s Out Washington chief program and policy officer.

Roundtable discussions will feature representatives of programs in Blackfoot and Mountain Home Air Force Base. The sessions will focus on sustainable structures for Idaho out-of-school programs, developing statewide policies for impact, and quality standards to enhance outcomes for youth programs.

Network partners include Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force, Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, United Way, Idaho school districts and others. A grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is funding the network’s creation, and the Boise-based Mountain States Group will serve as a partner.

The City of Boise, which operates quality afterschool programs, is among the sponsors of the summit.

The summit is a pre-conference opportunity the day before the Idaho State Prevention & Support Conference, which addresses school and community support programs and is planned April 17 and 18 at Sun Valley.

More information is available from Ken Price at Marsing, kprice@marshingschools.org, (208) 896-4111 ext. 146; or Judith McShane, UI Extension 4-H Youth Development, jmcshane@uidaho.edu, (208) 454-7655.