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Presenters alexis steines dr roslind blasingame buford

BUILDing Better Futures:

Using Afterschool to Engage Youth and Connect Them to a Network of Supports


Alexis Steines

Dr. Roslind Blasingame - Buford

About the Afterschool Alliance




Policy, Advocacy & Communications

  • National non-profit based in DC

  • Wide & deep reach at the grassroots & grasstops

    • Work with more than 25,000 program providers

    • 42 statewide afterschool networks

    • 100+ Afterschool Ambassadors at the city level

    • Bipartisan afterschool caucus in House & Senate

  • Systems-building approach:



What is afterschool
What is afterschool?

  • A program that a child attends regularly

  • Provides a supervised, enriching environment in the hours after the school day ends

  • Usually offered in a school or a recreation / community center

  • Different from individual activities, such as sports, special lessons or hobby clubs

    As defined in America After 3 PM: A Household Survey on Afterschool In America, 2009

America After 3PM

  • 8.4 million kids participate in afterschool programs

  • 15.1 million kids on their own after school

  • New American After 3 data this fall!

New Research on Afterschool Outcomes

New research from Dr. Deborah Lowe Vandell, UC Irvine School of Education

Build history

  • BUILD’s programs have served more than 90,000 youth throughout our 45 years of existence.

  • Landmarks of our growth include:

    • 1969 – BUILD established

    • 1973 – Prevention Program Launched

    • 1982 – Community Development Program began

    • 1993 – Project BUILD created

    • 2000 – Initiated our Teen REACH After-School Program

    • 2002 – Youth Council started

    • 2003 – Launched BUILDing Futures

    • 2006 – Formalized the BUILD Model

    • 2007 – Talent Search began

    • 2009 – Humboldt Park Cluster Pilot Launched

    • 2012 – Launched Health & Wellness Program

    • 2013 - Brand BUILD Arts Academy (B.B.A.A.) created

    • 2014 – BUILDing Communities Together (BCT) formalized

  • Today BUILD is in 11 communities, serving over 3,000 youth annually.

Build mission vision
BUILD Mission & Vision

  • MISSION: BUILD engages at-risk youth in the schools and on the streets so they can realize their educational and career potential and contribute to the stability, safety and well-being of our communities.

  • VISION: By 2020, BUILD will be recognized and sought out nationally as a premier provider of proven-effective Youth Development services targeted for at risk youth and communities. BUILD’s youth will serve as ambassadors, living examples of how the BUILD Model transforms youth from “at risk” to “at hope” and, ultimately, to respected, contributing members of society.

Population served
Population Served

  • Ages (6-27)

  • Risk Factors include:

    • Behavior and academic problems in school

    • Negative use of out-of-school time

    • Location of residence

    • Family issues

    • Youth not enrolled in school

    • Youth or Family members affiliated with gangs

    • Youth or Family members involved in juvenile or criminal justice system

  • Neighborhoods

    • Belmont Cragin

    • Hermosa

    • Logan Square

    • Austin

    • Humboldt Park

    • West Town

    • Near North Side/Cabrini Green

    • East Garfield Park

    • North Lawndale

    • Brighton Park

    • Englewood

At hope youth
“At-Hope” Youth

At BUILD, We focus on the tremendous potential

and deliver the message that we believe our youth

will accomplish great things.

Build s programs
BUILD’s Programs

  • Prevention

    • In-School Activities

    • After- and Out-of-School Activities

    • Community Outreach

  • Intervention

    • Gang/Violence Remediation

    • Project BUILD

    • BUILD Peace Leagues

  • BUILDing Futures

    • College Access

    • Career Readiness

    • BUILDing Bridges to Manhood

    • Becoming Women

    • Brand BUILD

  • Youth Leadership Development (Under BUILDing Futures)

    • Youth Council: “INDAGLO” (The Light Within the Darkness)

    • Y-MAD (Youth Making A Difference)

    • HEY-U (Highly Empowered Youth United)

  • Special Projects

    • Humboldt Park Cluster Model

    • East Garfield Cluster Model

    • Culture of Calm Initiative

    • YESS Program

Build s programs cont d
BUILD’s Programs (cont’d)

  • Health & Wellness

    • Affordable Care Act (ACA)

    • Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It! (MEND)

  • BUILDing Communities Together (BCT)

    • Data Collection

    • Program Evaluation

    • Capacity BUILDing

    • Leadership Development

Why we re successful m m s
Why we’re successful: M&M’s

  • Meet YOUTH Where They are …

  • Make a Genuine Connection…

  • Master Their Needs & Interests…

  • Maintain Positive Relationships….

  • MoveThem from Margins to Mainstream

  • Motivate them to Become Program Ambassadors…

Build methodologies
BUILD Methodologies

Positive Youth Development (PYD) builds on the assets of youth rather than the deficits.

Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD):Working in partnership with others to provide youth with all the resources needed.

Appreciative Inquiry (AI):A way of bringing about change that shares leadership and learning The 4 stages of AI are: Discovery, Dream, Design and Destiny.

Performance management
Performance Management

  • BUILD’s Commitment to Data

    • Center for Latino Research at DePaul University (mid-1990’s)

    • Loyola University (1999)

    • Illinois Center for Violence Prevention (2006)

    • University of IL at Chicago, Masters of Youth Development Program (2012)

    • Evaluation for Change (2013)

  • Systems & Tools

    • Group Activity Reports

    • Youth Profile

    • Youth Life Plan Self-Assessment & Reflection

    • Health Assessment

    • Mutual Accountability Plan (MAP)

    • Efforts to Outcomes (ETO)

  • Accomplishments & Highlights

    • Chicago ETO User Group

    • Perform Well webinar (Performance Management to Becoming Evidence-Based)

    • After the Leap Showcase in Washington, D.C.

    • MetLife Award

Build designations replication
BUILD Designations & Replication


  • “Promising Practice” (Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention)

  • “Exemplary Practice” (Chicago Community Trust)

  • “Innovative Practice” (Department of Education Trio Programs)

  • “Effective Programs” (Office of Justice Programs)

  • “Four-Star Charity” (Charity Navigator)

Model Replication:

Department of Public Health (Minneapolis, MN)

Luz Social Services (Tucson, AZ)

The Prevention & Addictions (Corpus Christi, TX)

International Center for Conflict Engagement (Houston, TX)

Advocating for afterschool
Advocating for Afterschool

  • Things to think about:

    • What are your immediate goals? Long-term, short-term, immediate?

    • Who are your allies? Who supports summer learning or afterschool in your community?

    • Who are you targeting?

    • How do you plan to get the attention of each target?

Key messages
Key Messages

  • Afterschool programs:

    • Keep kids safe

    • Engage kids in learning

    • Help working families

  • At their best when they complement but don’t replicate the school day

  • Afterschool programs are also community-school partnerships


Dr. Roz Blasingame-Buford

Executive Director


773-227-2880 [email protected]

[email protected]

FACEBOOK: BuildChicago

Twitter: @BUILD_ Chicago

Alexis Steines

Field Outreach Manager

Afterschool Alliance


[email protected]

Facebook: afterschoolalliancedc

Twitter: @afterschool4all