National Afterschool Matters Fellowship Launched

October 22, 2015



October 2015 WELLESLEY, MA - The National Afterschool Matters Fellowship (NASM) launched this fall, bringing together 23 passionate and dedicated out-of-school-time (OST) and youth development professionals who, over two years, will engage in reflection, inquiry, and writing activities that position them to inform and contribute to the quality of programs, practice, and the broader field.
This inaugural cohort of the new national fellowship model was selected through a competitive application process.  Building on a strong partnership between two experienced national leaders—the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College and the National Writing Project (NWP)—fellows will experience dynamic professional development in the program. Generous funding is provided by the Robert Bowne Foundation.
“This is a group of highly skilled and enthusiastic individuals with innovative ideas for programming that is responsive to the communities they work in,” said Michelle Porche, Ed.D., NASM Fellowship facilitator of the participants. “The NASM Fellowship will help facilitate these emerging leaders with taking their work to the next level in their local context, and to effectively communicate about what they are doing to a national audience. You may not have heard of them yet, but you will! I am honored to work with them!” 
Over a two-year process, this professional development and leadership training program provides direct, hands-on inquiry-based research, learning, and writing, under the guidance of experienced mentors as well as leadership development through designing and delivering training/presentations for peers, administrators, parents, and community members. The NASM launched with a fall retreat on the Wellesley College campus, Wellesley, MA.
Our 2015 cohort of fellows includes:

Omid Amini of Denver Public Schools Department of Extended Learning
Cecelia Auditore of Northeastern University, Center for Community Service
Devan Blackwell of New Jersey Department of Education, Division of Student Support Services & Career Readiness
Olu Burrell of DC Department of Employment Services
Sara Cole of the YMCA Greater Rochester
Dare Dukes of Deep Center
Briana Flannery of For Kids Only Afterschool
Andrew Fletcher of 21st Century Community Learning Centers Afterschool Program in Cassia County, ID
Rudy Garcia of The New York Public Library
Ian Hippensteele of Keiller Leadership Academy
Rachel Katkar of St. Paul Public Schools Community Education Program
Andrea Magiera-Guy of Youth Development Solutions
Kendra Moore of City of Tallahassee Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Affairs
Kimberly Newberry of Don Bosco Hall and Developing K.I.D.S.
Ashley Peters of Wando Community Education
Pamela Prevost of Maine Roads to Quality
Elana Rosenberg of Expanded Learning, United Way of Rhode Island
Julia Rugg of Wings for Kids
Ana Thomas of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago 
Sonia Toledo of Diginity of Children, Inc. 
Michael Waters of Westlake Board of Education 
Jocelyn Wiedow of Sprockets, Saint Paul's Out-of-School Time Network 
Tinnycua Williams of Homes for the Homeless 

Since 1979, the National Institute on Out-of-School Time has moved the afterschool field forward through its research, education and training, consultation, and field-building. Much of NIOST’s work has encompassed projects of national scope and influence, several representing “firsts” for the field and many focusing on building out-of-school time systems. To learn more, visit
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The Afterschool Matters Initiative is managed by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time, a program of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College

Georgia Hall, PhD, is Managing Editor of the Afterschool Matters Journal

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