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United Way Worldwide Helps Improve OST Programs
Local United Ways are sharing experiences in an effort to improve Out-of-School Time (OST) programs in their communities.
October 6, 2011
Over the past three years, with funding from jcpenney, United Way Worldwide has awarded OST Community Pilot Grants to 10 local United Ways. The grants were designed to build the leadership capacity of those United Ways to work in partnership with community stakeholders to ensure that OST programs support youth success and improve high school graduation rates.
Last month United Way Worldwide convened this year's grantees (United Ways from Tulare County, Calif.; Austin, Texas; Seneca County, N.Y.; the Boston metro area; and Tampa Bay, Fla.) to provide technical support and share best practices. Participants focused on such issues as strengthening program quality, engaging key stakeholders (e.g. educators, youth and parents), building strong partnerships with school-districts, collecting and analyzing data, and developing focused strategies to ensure positive outcomes for program participants.
In 2012, UWW will develop an OST toolkit, produce an issue brief highlighting the OST work of United Ways and convene a national town hall meeting to increase visibility for this issue. To learn more about the OST work at United Way Worldwide, contact Cortney Harris, Ready by 21 program manager, at 703-826-7112, ext. 373.