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  • Adolescence Directory On-Line (ADOL) is an electronic guide to information on adolescent issues. It is a service of the Center for Adolescent Studies at Indiana University. Educators, counselors, parents, researchers, health practitioners, and teens can use ADOL to find Web resources for topics concerning adolescents.
  • Afterschool Alliance is an organization that works to ensure that all children have access to affordable, qaulity afterschool programs. 
  • After School @ HFRP, an initiative of the Harvard Family Research Project, works to identify areas of challenge and opportunity in the emerging after school field. It focuses especially on issues related to after school evaluation, research, and accountability. HFRP also houses an OST evaluation database. The database is a tool for evaluators who are planning an OST program evaluation, allowing them to quickly get detailed information about previous OST evaluations by searching the database using relevant criteria. Practitioners can read the profiles to better understand evaluation options and methodologies. Follow this link for more information.
  • Forum for Youth Investment (FYI) is self-described as an “action tank.” FYI’s goals revolve around the idea that all youth should be “Ready by 21” in the education, work and life spheres. FYI provides members of the afterschool field with information and tools in order to expand and create greater opportunities for the youth population.
  • National Afterschool Association (NAA) is a professional association dedicated to improving afterschool programs and providing a forum for new education and developments in the field. They participate in the advocacy, public policy, and professional development arenas.
  • National Center for Quality Afterschool aims to improve the teaching and learning aspect of afterschool programs in order to encourage student achievement. On their website they provide learning tools, lesson plans, and curriculum guides.
  • National Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks is a place for state networks to connect and collaborate in order to promote their collective mission of sustainability, quality, and growth of afterschool programs, particularly in underserved communities.
    • The After-School Corporation advocates for sustainable public funding in the afterschool field by developing strategies for afterschool growth, training afterschool educators, and conducting research.
    • The Wallace Foundation supports and promotes education programs, with a special emphasis on out-of-school time learning.
    • The Food Trust is dedicating to ensuring everyone has access to nutricious food and information to make healthy decisions. 
    • Bridging the Gap is funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and dedicated to understanding how politices and environmental factors influence the health of youth.
    • Voices for Healthy Kids a joint initiative with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association to encourage young people to eat healthier foods and be more active.

      "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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