Afterschool Alliance

Practitioners Advance Equity and Access in Afterschool Programs – Aug 8

Posted on July 30, 2019

Afterschool Webinar: Changemakers! Practitioners Advance Equity and Access in Afterschool Programs
Thursday, August 8 at 3 PM ET

About this webinar:

Join us for a webinar with experts from both research and practice as they provide an overview of the newly-published book Changemakers! Practitioners Advance Access and Equity in Out-of-School Time. Featuring presentations by authors of two of the chapters as well as the editors of this critical new volume from Information Age publishing, this webinar will dive into the details on how afterschool and summer learning programs can move the needle on issues of equity and access.


First we will be joined by Merle McGee who will be talking about her chapter, “Critical Youth Development: Living and Learning at the Intersections of Life”, which engages the question, “How are we preparing youth to deal with racist institutions of higher education after we’ve prepared them academically through our OST programs?” Merle will lay out the core components of Critical Youth Development, and provide invaluable insights on how both youth and staff can create “brave spaces” to grapple with structures that perpetuate inequity.

Second, we will be joined by Andres Henriquez who will talk about his chapter, “Engaging Immigrant Families in Out-of-School Time Activities”, and how science museums can hinder access to as well as create bridges for new immigrant children and families. He will discuss strategies that the New York Hall of Science has employed to engage the whole community in STEM, and the importance of creating community coalitions of schools, community, and cultural institutions to meet the needs of new immigrants in the face of increasing pressures and challenges.

The webinar will end with a discussion led by the editors of the volume, Sara Hill and Femi Vance, focused on how to connect all of the research on this issue to practice, generate questions, and suggest new research directions. Join us for a far-ranging discussion of how programs around the country can – and should – address fundamental equity issues through afterschool and summer learning programs.

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