The Idaho Afterschool Network’s (IAN) mission is to ensure Idaho’s youth have access to high quality out-of-school (OST) programs.
The research on OST programs reveals that youth consistently enrolled in quality programs perform better academically, have better school attendance, adapt better socially, are more likely to graduate from high school and go-on to higher learning. Research also reveals that they are less likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors that may lead to crime, substance abuse or teen parenthood. New studies are showing too that OST programs are helping close the achievement gap of students across income levels. The IAN is the only program of its kind in Idaho, though all 50 states have launched similar programs.
The IAN does not directly offer out-of-school programs; the focus is to advocate and promote the benefits of out-of-school programming, help connect families and youth to a program and support providers with resources and training to enrich and expand their programming and services.
From October 2014 -September 2017, the IAN will be working on the following goal areas: (1) Expand, Inform, & Engage IAN' s partnerships, (2) Design and Carry Out Targeted Messaging, and (3) Survey and Map the Landscape of OST.
We are bringing public and private sectors together to accomplish these goals, as well as to affect policy for and investment in the quality and expansion of Idaho’s OST programs.
The IAN will reach out to state agencies, businesses, policy makers, and other key partner groups to create strong communication links and activate partnerships around out-of-school programming. The IAN will work with partners to collectively create and share resources, training and professional development opportunities for providers.
The IAN will be a collective voice for OST programming and providers, effectively telling the story of the importance of out-of-school learning for youth and the state.
Conduct a statewide survey and map existing out-of school programs – those that are offered seasonally, after school, or intermittently. With this data, IAN will accomplish a number of things.
A) Create and promote a statewide interactive GIS-based map for families and youth to search for programs in their communities.
B) Provide the data to analyze the quality and variety of after school programs, identifying gaps in service and opportunities for growth.
C) Provide the feedback to determine what services, resources, or professional development can be collectively offered to ensure programs continue, improve or have solid beginning.
Are you an out-of-school program provider? Help us promote and learn more about Idaho's out-of-school programming and complete this 26 question survey about your program and sites. All programs that complete the survey will be searchable on the interactive map currently on out website and the soon more interactive statewide directory. DEADLINE: July 1, 2017.
The Idaho AfterSchool Network (IAN) officially kicked off in October of 2014 after a year of laser-focused planning. Yet, the Idaho AfterSchool Network has roots that began in 2006 with Governor Kempthorne as the Idaho AfterSchool Alliance. Governor Risch continued the program, but unfortunately due to budget cuts, it was not able to sustain itself and ended in 2007.
Yet, those that saw the vision of what a program could do for Idaho, never let the concept die. In the planning stages, we were able to seek feedback and guidance to ensure a strong foundation for a sustainable program. Before the relaunch, Idaho was one of only six states that did not have a statewide program like the Idaho AfterSchool Network.
Thank you to a grant from the C.S.Mott Foundation, matched by Idaho dollars, the IAN is off to a great start.
The Idaho AfterSchool Network is working hard to provide out-of-school programs with resources, tools, and trainings that they need in order to run successful programs and reach more youth. Go here to learn more about the ways the Idaho AfterSchool Network can serve your program including the following: Professional Development & Trainings, Lights On Afterschool, Grants & Funding, Program Support & Promotion, Press Coverage, Webinars, Virtual or In-Person Roundtables, Faces of AfterSchool, I Am Out of School Feature, Newsletter & Social Media, Partnerships, Data/Presentations, and Site Visits.
Join a workgroup!
IAN has 3 workgroups (Data & Policy, Quality & Profesional Development, Communication & Events). We are seeking partner organizations that have resources or missions to serve youth and families during out-of-school time, specifically organizations or programs that work for 1) safety and health 2) social, emotional and youth development and/or 3) academic support and workforce/career development.
Join Our Steering Committee!
Every fall we seek new members for our Steering Committee. Check with Idaho AfterSchool Network around August 2018 to learn about openings. In the meantime, consider joining one of our workgroups.