Members of the N.D. Afterschool Leadership Team including Joe Kolosky, N.D. Department of Public Instruction; Dr. Robert Pawloski, University of North Dakota; Dr. Kristi Jean, ComDel Innovation; Kerri Whipple, SEEC Program Manager for 21CCLC and English Learners; and Becky Mueller, SEEC N.D. Afterschool Network Lead, attended the C.S. Mott Foundation meeting and National Afterschool Summit in Los Angeles, Cali., earlier in April to invest in the youth of our great state of North Dakota.
Mott’s event Afterschool Works: Empowering Students with Skills for Success brought together all 50 states who are champions for afterschool and summer learning programs as a potential support and solution for early workforce development. State leaders discussed supports, systems and funding needed to advance learning opportunities for children and youth. Focus areas included: policy and partnerships, quality, sustainability and college and career readiness.
The National Afterschool Summit was held on the beautiful campus of University of South California by the Schwarzenegger Institute. The Summit’s theme Ready to Work framed the event that focused on how afterschool programs play an essential role in preparing students for the 21st Century workforce. Featured leaders from media, business, education, law enforcement and successful entrepreneurs and youth leaders were in attendance and put a spotlight on the amazing value of afterschool programs. Watch a live stream video of the event here.
Governor Schwarzenegger, afterschool champion, led a powerful line of speakers including Mario Lopez, Actor; JJ Watt, NFL Player for the Houston Texans; and Maverick Carter, LeBron James’ business manager, to pump up all 50 states and their teams to educate on the value of supporting afterschool and summer learning programs.
In the words of Arnold, “I’ll Be Back” next year with more North Dakota champions rallying for the future of our youth!