Charting New Territory: Building Successful, Model Community-wide Afterschool Systems through Strategic Partnership Shanna Francisco-King MHC After 3 Program Coordinator Patrick Henry Community College [email protected] 276-656-5493
Why on earth would a community college become so heavily involved in helping to build a regional afterschool system for teens in rural Virginia?
Simple.Afterschool? Community College?
National Institute on Out-of-School Time. Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College. www.NIOST.org. 2007.
Community stakeholders concerned with youth success and achievement set out to investigate avenues for positive change. The group was comprised of area public and private school administrators and teachers, afterschool providers, arts and science organizations, health and wellness organizations, social services, higher education institutions, law enforcement and public safety officers, parents, children and other stakeholders. The group held meetings, developed a work plan and visited cities that were successfully addressing similar issues.
A Partnership is Forged
As a leader in the region for education and workforce development , PHCC embraced its mission to reach out to the community by lending leadership and oversight to the collaboration, convening meetings of stakeholders, and agreeing to serve as the fiscal agent for the system.