On Wednesday October 16th, the Expanded Learning Collaborative hosted a briefing at City Hall, where local policymakers and collaborative partners heard first-hand about the impact out of school time programs have on the community.
Terrence Riley, an alumnus of Aim High, was one of the speakers who addressed the gathering, which included representatives from the SF Board of Supervisors, U.S. house of Representatives Office of Nancy Pelosi, San Francisco Unified School District, Mayor’s Office of Public Policy and Finance, Mayor’s Education and Family Liasion/SF Board of Education, SF Public Library, First 5 San Francisco, SF Department of Public Health, The Lampert Family foundation, and many other community partners. Terrence spoke about how he was positively impacted by the program; he went on to receive a master’s in education and now works for Aim High.
Lightbulbs created by youth from across the city, containing their thoughts on their afterschool and summer programs, adorned the space. The briefing on the 16th kicked off a week of “Lights on Afterschool” events nationwide aimed at increasing the awareness of the benefits afterschool programs have for youth, families, schools and communities. Throughout the week over 60 programs across the city hosted open houses, parent nights, parades and other events to showcase to the community how they are supporting youth and working families. A display of artwork and written testimonies from youth, parents and community members can be found beginning October 28th at the SF Main Public Library, 100 Larkin St, San Francisco.
For more information about this national event, visit http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/loa.cfm.