A Letter From Sarah Cruz

A letter from SARAH CRUZ, NJSACC, Enrichment Support Specialist

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED:  APPLY BY September 1,  2009 to become an

In 1999 I entered the world of “Out of School Time” unexpectedly.  I was given the great responsibility to operate an Afterschool program.

I was excited and apprehensive, but took on the task with great fervor because I really enjoy working with children.

One day, in the programs mail, among the supply catalogs and bills, I saw a flier for a training sponsored by the New Jersey School Age Care Coalition (NJSACC).  I excitedly called to RSVP and attended the training in Maplewood, NJ.
I was thrilled to find a room full of people that did what I did.  They had a language, a culture and an understanding of the world called Afterschool.

Meeting the people in the group, I felt a part of a network.  A network of professionals doing the same type of work I was.
My relationship with the other Afterschool professionals grew over time and I became very involved in NJSACC.
I was selected to be a Cluster Advisor and an NJSACC board member.
My career was expanded by my relationship with NJSACC and I was able to network for resources and ideas, that help me run high quality programs, become a NSACC trainer and now, a staff member of NJSACC.

Once again, NJSACC is recruiting a select group of volunteers that will help to further NJSACC’s mission to develop public awareness of Afterschool issues, build a strong network for Afterschool program professionals in NJ, and to establish professional development opportunities in every New Jersey County.


A successful NJSACC Afterschool Ambassador should be:

* Familiar with afterschool programs in the local community
* Committed to Networking
* Committed to Advocacy for Afterschool programs
* Involved and informed in current trends in out of school time
* Computer and Web knowledgeable

NJSACC Afterschool Ambassadors
responsibilities include:

* Attendance in Ambassadors training and participation in Webinars, phone conference and web forums
* Fostering a County wide group of Afterschool Professionals and Advocates
* Helping NJSACC identify all Afterschool programs in the County & documenting information collected
* Holding trainings in local community with Administration done by NJSACC
* Meeting with local and county officials to build support for afterschool
* Help organize special events such as Celebrate Afterschool Week and Lights On Afterschool

NJSACC Afterschool Ambassadors
will receive the following for their volunteer service and commitment:

* Free Full Membership to NJSACC and Full Membership to the NAA (National Afterschool Association)
* Partnership listing on www.njsacc.org
* An Afterschool Ambassadors Badge
* Two Enhanced trainings specific and prescriptive based on the needs of the Ambassadors
* Attend Ambassador organized trainings for free
* First Hand information on current trends in Afterschool
* Resume builder for state and national leadership in the field of Afterschool

To be considered for the NJSACC Afterschool Ambassadors Program, you must meet the following requirements:

* Completed Application
* A minimum of 5 years of Professional Experience in the Afterschool Field
* 2 emails of reference*
* Successful Phone interview

Once applications have been reviewed and interviews are completed, NJSACC Afterschool Ambassador positions will be offered to qualified candidates. All applicants will receive written notice of their decisions.

If you are offered a NJSACC Afterschool Ambassador position and accept, you must be available for all mandatory events.

Orientation: Wednesday October 7, 2009
Meeting 2: February 2010
Meeting 3: May 2010

To apply, complete the following steps:


1) complete the application; 2) submit the application and two (2) emails of reference* sent directly to sarahbcruz@njsacc.org

Application Deadline: September 1st
Position Notification via email on September 14, 2009

*In efforts to eliminate paper waste, this application process has been made electronic.
Please make the best effort to make all communications via email.

Sarah Cruz

NJSACC, Enrichment Support Specialist

NJSACC: The Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities
Mobile: 973-768-3351

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