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Daryle Rodgers is accepted to the Afterschool Alliance Ambassadors Program
Daryle Rodgers, Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time (VPOST) Leadership Council member and coordinator of out-of-school time & extended learning programs for Hampton City Schools, has recently been added to the newest cohort of the Afterschool Alliance's Afterschool Ambassadors. He is one of just 15 leaders in the United States (and the only one in Virginia) chosen for the honor this year. Ambassadors will continue their work supporting local afterschool programs while serving the one-year Afterschool Ambassador term, organizing public events, communicating with policy makers and community leaders, and in other ways increasing awareness and support for afterschool and summer learning programs.
“We are delighted that Daryle Rodgers will serve as an Afterschool Ambassador this year,” said Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant. “With federal funding for quality afterschool and summer learning programs at risk, we need strong advocates like Daryle. His work will mobilize parents, educators and business, community and faith leaders, among others, to send the message that afterschool programs are vital to the future of our children, families, and communities. Afterschool programs keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help give working families peace of mind. They offer hands-on learning opportunities, opportunities to think critically and collaborate, homework help, mentors, science and technology, healthy snacks and meals, sports and fitness, arts programming, college and job prep, and much more.”
“I am eager to join the Afterschool Alliance in building support for afterschool programs,” said Rodgers. “In my 19 years working in the field, I’ve seen time and again the extraordinary difference that afterschool makes in the lives of young people in Virginia. These programs help students explore their interests, discover their passions, and learn to communicate with peers and adults while giving parents the security that comes from knowing their children are safe and supervised, with opportunities to learn and grow after the school day ends. I look forward to building support for the out-of-school-time opportunities all students need.”
Hampton City Schools’ Out-of-School Time Program (O.S.T.) provides a holistic extended- learning experience for youth. O.S.T. programs provide extended-learning through academic school day support, health, fitness programs, and career/character development. O.S.T. offers a plethora of programs that emphasize S.T.E.M. and project-based learning and encourage community partnerships. In addition, Hampton City Schools delivers 21st Century Community Learning Center programs to over 1,000 students at ten different sites. Hampton City Schools also offers other various extended-learning opportunities through music, math, language arts, and S.T.R.E.A.M. programs that serve an additional 400 students. In addition, to providing school-based programs, H.C.S. also collaborates with community and local municipal based programs to offer academic support, training, and professional development.
Each Ambassador will organize a major event for Lights On Afterschool, the Afterschool Alliance’s annual rally for afterschool, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year. Most Lights On Afterschool events will be on or around Thursday, October 24. Last year, 1 million people participated in some 8,000 events across the United States and at U.S. military bases worldwide.
Congratulations Daryle and thank you for representing Hampton City Schools.
The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to
ensure that all children and youth have access to quality afterschool programs. More
information is available at www.afterschoolalliance.org.
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