Afterschool Storybook

The Afterschool Alliance is looking for
nominations for the Afterschool Storybook, commemorating the 10th
anniversary of the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers
initiative. We have already received some amazing submissions, thanks
to your efforts. The Storybook will feature people whose lives have
been improved through afterschool programs over the last decade. Our
goal is to have several compelling stories from each state. We will be
promoting the Storybook to media nationally and locally when it is
unveiled this September.

To nominate an entry, send a brief email with the person’s name, email,
phone number and a quick synopsis of his/her story to me or to Marie
Coichy at mcoichy@afterschoolalliance.org.

If accepted, we will work with the nominee to add her/his photo and
accompanying story to the Storybook.

Ideas for Nominees: We are looking for diversity of every kind in our
stories, so people from big cities and small towns, of every race, age
and discipline, and with stories of all kinds. Examples might be:
— A graduate student who became inspired to study engineering or
international affairs or medicine because of her/his experience in
afterschool
— A student who was in trouble (using illegal substances, etc.) until
an afterschool program turned her/him around
— A student in an afterschool program now who is doing an exciting and
unusual service learning or cultural awareness project there
— An educator who was burned out, but later reinvigorated by her/his
experience at an afterschool program
— A business leader who has made a commitment to mentor students and
finds it incredibly rewarding
— A senior citizen who volunteers at an afterschool program and has
made a real difference in students’ lives
— A health professional who reached families with obesity/diabetes
problems, or something like that, through intervention from afterschool
program leaders

But do not be constrained by those examples, please think broadly about
all the people afterschool programs affect.

We won’t be able to do significant vetting, or check for criminal
records, so we will count on you to help us find people who are above
reproach.

Thank you for considering this, and helping us brainstorm candidates!
We think this is a very exciting project that will help us tell the
stories of afterschool in new and compelling ways. We appreciate your
ideas and support!

Thank you,

Ursula Helminski | VP, External Affairs | Afterschool Alliance

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