High School Student, Legislator Among Leaders named as 2021 PSAYDN Afterschool Champions
On Jan. 18, 2022, the Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network announced its 2021 Afterschool Champions. Individuals and organizations are recognized as Champions demonstrate outstanding work in developing, supporting and promoting high quality afterschool/out-of-school time programs to benefit children, youth and families across Pennsylvania.
Outstanding Policy and Advocacy Award
- Dr. Rosemary Anderson, Propel Charter Schools, Pittsburgh
Outstanding Quality Award
- David Arzberger, Pocono Services for Families and Children, East Stroudsburg
- Elias Economou, Growing Together Learning Center, Upper Darby
- Alexander Gibson, William Penn Cybercats, York
Outstanding Sustainability Award
- Jim McPartlin, Neshaminy Kids Club, Langhorne
- Brianna Morales, South Philadelphia High School, Philadelphia
- David Owusu, Propel Andrew Street High School, Munhall
- Rep. Mike Schlossberg, Allentown
- ACLAMO, Norristown
- YMCA Youth and Government Program, Harrisburg
Profiles of the 2021 Afterschool Champions can be found at www.psaydn.org/afterschool-champions-2021/.
“Nearly every parent surveyed by the Afterschool Alliance (96%) said that their child’s afterschool program is helping their child build life skills, yet there are over 775,000 in Pennsylvania alone waiting for access to an afterschool program,” said Steven Williams, associate director of PSAYDN. “Our Afterschool Champions deserve this recognition for leading the charge to provide quality afterschool programming and educate our community leaders of its benefits.”
Founded in 2004, Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) at Center for Schools and Communities is one of 50 statewide afterschool networks funded through the Mott Foundation and a host of other funders. Its mission is to promote sustainable, high quality out-of-school time (OST) youth development programs through advocacy and capacity building to enhance the welfare of Pennsylvania’s children, youth and families. With nearly 3,000 members, over 6,000 recognized OST providers, over 100 partners, and serving in all 67 counties, PSAYDN has grown the network by providing services and supports that influence and impact afterschool on national, statewide, and regional levels. For more information, visit www.psaydn.org.