National Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks
As the Statewide Afterschool Network, OregonASK is a part of the National Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks, which brings together established statewide afterschool networks in their collective mission to build partnerships and policies that are committed to the development and sustainability of quality afterschool programs. These partnerships – funded through the support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation – are focused on actively engaging key decision makers in support of school-based/school-linked afterschool programs, particularly in underserved communities. Currently 40 statewide afterschool networks are funded to coordinate and influence the systems that support the success of children and young people.
The National Network is centered around three goals:
- Goal 1: Create a sustainable structure of statewide, regional and local partnerships, particularly school-community partnerships, focused on supporting policy development at all levels.
- Goal 2: Support the development and growth of statewide policies that will secure the resources that are needed to sustain new and existing afterschool programs.
- Goal 3: Support statewide systems to ensure programs are of high quality.
National AfterSchool Association
OregonASK is the state affiliate to the National AfterSchool Association, the membership association for professionals who work with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to provide a wide variety of extended learning opportunities and care during out-of-school hours.
Attend a professional development training provided by OregonASK and become an Ambassador Member of NAA.
The mission of the National AfterSchool Association is to foster development, provide education, and encourage advocacy for the out-of-school-time community. NAA is working to assure that the vision of high-quality learning experiences for all children and youth, both in and out of school, becomes a reality through the application of the NAA core competencies in afterschool programs. Currently, the NAA has released a series of briefs around quality, from Why Quality Matters to Promoting Professionalism. Read more at naaweb.org
Oregon Girls Collaborative Project
The Oregon Girls Collaborative Project (OGCP) is a statewide network of support for girl-serving STEM organizations, working to strengthen capacity, increase continuation of girl-serving STEM programs, and create more champions for gender-equity in STEM education and careers. As part of the National Girls Collaborative Project, we have access to thousands of programs and resources that are focused on providing high quality STEM experiences for girls.
We bring together organizations throughout Oregon that are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). As the convening organization for OGCP, OregonASK has created a Leadership Team to help develop a clear mission and work plan that OGCP will be responsible for in the coming months and years.
OGCP overall goals are to strengthen capacity, increase continuation of girl-serving STEM programs, and create more champions for gender-equity in STEM education and careers.
- Establish clear network of girl-serving programs across the state while documenting community & program needs.
- Establish support system that includes expanding access to shared resources within and across programs, public and private sector organizations and institutions interested in expanding girls’ participation in STEM.
- Use the leverage of the network of girl-serving STEM programs to increase awareness and promote gender equity in STEM.
- Strengthen capacity of existing and evolving projects by establishing and sharing exemplary practice research, program models, outcomes, and products.
- Support program design that intentionally attracts, engages and retains girls and fosters their interest and skills in STEM.
- Advocate for more consistent STEM funding opportunities and standards for girl-serving collaborations.
We see OGCP as part of the STEM movement that will change the face of STEM in Oregon, exposing more underrepresented youth to quality STEM experiences while keeping older girls engaged in non-traditional STEM fields through high school and beyond. OGCP is working to increase equity in STEM and strengthen the pipeline of girls from elementary school through women in the workforce.