What are some of the things that the Maine After School Network has done in the recent past?
- Sponsoring of the 2015, 2014, 2013 & 2012 Positive Youth Development Institute.
- Completed comprehensive mapping of Maine Afterschool Programs.
- Expanded At Risk Meals program into afterschool programs throughout state.
- Presented by invitation to the 2012 School Superintendent Conference.
- Gave public recognition of Afterschool from Maine Governor at Lights On Afterschool at ceremony in Belfast.
- Procured operating fund match from Maine foundation.
- Continued match from University of Maine.
What are some of the things that the Maine After School Network is still doing?
- The Network continues to co-sponsor and participate in conferences, workshops, trainings and other events with other agencies.
- The Network holds open quarterly meetings that attract providers, administrators and other stakeholders and serve as a networking opportunity and source of updates, developments and best practices in the field.
- A STEM demonstration is being conducted in Western Maine, through Bryant Pond Education and Learning Center, with cross discipline integration of science and STEM areas with a holistic approach to education. The program includes STEM + Literacy/Arts = Extended Learning Opportunity.
- The Network issued a series of afterschool technical assistance briefs, which are distributed to school boards, school administration, policymakers and others seeking guidance related to afterschool program development.
- Since 2009, the Network director has co-chaired a subcommittee developing a Youth Development Credential I. This credential targets the development of skills and provision of professional development opportunities specific to working with school-age youth, thus contributing to the professionalization of the field.