NJSACC Afterschool Ambassadors
The NJSACC Afterschool Ambassadors are a select group of leaders in New Jersey's Afterschool communities who volunteer to serve as spokespeople, conveners and resources for the field. Afterschool Ambassadors will work with NJSACC to build countywide networks of afterschool organizations, advocates and partners. Located in each of New Jersey's twenty-one counties, Afterschool Ambassadors will develop public awareness of afterschool issues, build a strong network for afterschool program professionals, and establish professional development opportunities throughout the state.
Contact the Afterschool Ambassador in your county to get information about training, meetings or just connect to share ideas, resources and information. Email Ambassadors@njsacc.org
To Become an Afterschool Ambassador, Click HERE
Iya Brown graduated from William Paterson University in 2008 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Mass Communications and a minor in Sociology. Early on Iya realized regardless of completing her B.A in Mass Communications. She wanted to pursue working with children and ultimately giving back to her community. In 2007, Iya was chosen to participate as a part-time AmeriCorps member and has been servicing schools in the city of Newark since then - ranging from grades K-8th.
In 2009 Iya joined FOCUS Hispanic Center as a Full-Time Employee, in which she was able to participate and volunteer in numerous extensive Higher Education & Developmental Workshops; including but not limited to Presenting at the "4th Annual Soaring Beyond Expectations Showcase". Iya takes pride in her local community, she excelled by completing the "Nonprofit Emerging Leaders Certificate Program" at Rutgers University; she is an Advocate of Children of New Jersey Alumni and a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated. Her experiences and positions include Assistant Program Coordinator, SES Program Coordinator and 21st CCLC Program Coordinator for After-School & Summer Programs. Within title changes Iya managed to create her own Non-Traditional Career Curriculum, design hands on service learning projects, implement award winning learning activities, coordinate step exhibitions, poetry & newspaper clubs, which were selected to perform with the NJPAC Poetry Young Writer’s Workshops in 2009.
Presently Iya runs the 21st CCLC After-School Program & Summer Enrichment Program out of 13th Avenue School. Iya goes above and beyond for maintaining a holistic professional work ethic which enables her to give back to the community. Iya’s ultimate goals are to be able to keep kids safe, promote creative hands on learning and continue to be a positive product of the community that she services.
For more than 10 years, Joanne Flynn has served as the Director of the Phillipsburg REACH program, a 21st Century Community Learning Center funded afterschool programs in Phillipsburg, NJ. She also served as a Site Director and later a Program Director with Catholic Charities SACC Programs in Warren and Hunterdon Counties. Joanne earned her BA degree in Elementary Education and Communications from Rowan University. Joanne has been an active leader in NJ’s afterschool community, presenting twice at the NJSACC annual conference as well as at the NJ Department of Education’s Soaring Beyond Expectations conference. Joanne lives in White Township, NJ with her husband and two children.
Mr. Walsh graduated in 1974 with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and a Minor in Elementary Education from Saint Francis College, Maine. Over the last 39 years, Jim has worked for numerous social service agencies including: Child Placement, Passaic County; Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS); Teen Pregnancy Program Newark, NJ; Child Support –Trenton, NJ; and New Jersey Veterans Home in Paramus and Edison, NJ. Mr. Walsh joined Oasis in 2001, making significant contributions towards Oasis programs and services, including implementing a weekly Self-Esteem workshop for women attending Adult Education classes. Jim has been instrumental in expanding Oasis’ outreach to include over 50 local agencies as well as implementing an internship program comprised of five local universities. During his tenure, Oasis After School Program has flourished from 25 children to now serve 85 inner city children, ages 6-12 years and Oasis Carl's Kids Summer Camp from 35 campers to over 200 campers in 2013. Jim is a certified social worker and an Advisory member of the Passaic County Home Visitation and Passaic County Perinatal Coordinating Council.