Celebrating PRIDE Month!

June 9, 2021

lgbtq trans flagsJune is PRIDE season! Despite many positive changes in our country during the last year related to inclusion and equity, discrimination against LGBTQ people and others is still prevalent. It takes all of us working together everyday to ensure that LGBTQ youth and adults feel welcomed and supported in all of the out-of-school time places in which they spend their time. There are many resources for staff professional development available at: Facing History and Ourselves and GLSEN. Actor George Takei, best known for his role as Mr. Sulu in the original Star Trek television series, noted that we should "live our lives in a state of inclusion and wonder at the diversity of humanity." Let's all be in an inclusive and welcoming state of mind this month and beyond! 

 (updated on 6/14/2022)


    "NIOST has been an anchor for numerous school age care projects we do, including ASQ (After-School Quality) and Links to Learning. They are a nationally respected organization that Pennsylvania has partnered with for over 20 years."

    – Betsy O. Saatman, TA Specialist/SAC Initiatives, Pennsylvania Key

    "NIOST was a core partner in supporting the development of quality improvement systems across the nine cities that participated in The Wallace Foundation Next Generation Afterschool System-Building Initiative. The NIOST team worked well with other technical assistance partners in the initiative, always willing to pitch in and collaborate with others to make our professional learning community meetings a team effort. I truly hope the Foundation has an opportunity to partner with them in the future."

    – Priscilla M. Little, Initiative Manager, The Wallace Foundation


    "NIOST has been a leader in the out-of-school time field for as long as I can remember, and I have relied on their research, tools, and advice to improve my practice throughout my career. Their staff members are good partners and good listeners, and their influence across the country is palpable."

    – Jane Quinn, Vice President and Director of National Center for Community Schools, Children's Aid Society

    "Georgia Hall, Ellen Gannett, and the NIOST team have been instrumental in driving the healthy afterschool movement. Their dedication to quality practice, informed policy, and collective impact is instrumental in our effort to create healthier communities."

    – Daniel W. Hatcher, Director, Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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