We believe that quality is at the center of everything we do, and we work to ensure all our projects are rooted in best practices and high quality principles. From this mindset and interest in building awareness across Oregon, our quality campaign was born. The campaign has five main focus areas that have been identified as components of quality:
Inspiring Student Dreams – Programs spark interest so students have a greater chance to realize their full potential, attend school more often, and are more likely to graduate.
Building School and Community Partnerships – Effective programs involve community partners to support locally-driven solutions, get students ready for college or career, and strengthen relationships with local industry.
Supporting Systems and Structures – Afterschool programs are shaped by community need and provide opportunities to help all students thrive in school and in life. Students in afterschool programs show more interest in learning, behave better, complete their homework assignments and help them build the skills employers need.
Parent & Family Engagement – Afterschool programs help build safer, stronger, and smarter communities, keeping youth safe and helping families balance work and life.
Quality Professional Development – Providing Professional Development is essential to enhancing program quality and implementing relevant youth development practices through engaging expanded learning opportunities.
This initiative will highlight the benefits of afterschool and summer programs, building the network of providers, partners, stakeholders, local leaders, and legislators supporting our collaborative work. To accompany visual campaign pieces (videos, graphics, etc), OregonASK will create and distribute materials/templates that can be used by partners to help share their own message to parents, partners and community members. Now, more than ever, afterschool and summer programs must share their story and impact to continue serving the most underserved children in our communities.
Keep your eye out for future events that highlight and celebrate quality:
April 12th-13: Mind the Gap Conference
May 3rd: Clackamas Youth Career Readiness Summit
November 2nd: Oregon Afterschool Conference 2019 “Quest for Quality”