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We are so thankful to our faithful donors who helped Dallas Afterschool work towards our mission to improve the quality of afterschool and summer programs in our community. Through your support, we worked with over 400 out of school time program staff members this year to ensure they are offering high quality engaging and enriching afterschool and summer experiences.  Thank you!

 

Even with the work Dallas Afterschool has done to improve programs for over 9,000 students, there is still much to do!

 

Did you know that quality afterschool and summer programs:

  • Help underserved and underprivileged kids learn soft skills like collaboration, perseverance and problem solving that are essential for future success in a career and life
  • Are proven to accelerate student academic achievement and social emotional development
  • Help support working families, improve public safety within a community and contribute to workforce and economic development

High quality out of school time programing isn’t optional, it’s essential to the success of the children of Dallas.  Help us make afterschool better and transform a child’s life through your contribution today!  Make your commitment online now at www.dallasafterschool.org.

Out of School Learning in Dallas - A Community Conversation

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On Friday, May 15, education advocates from around Dallas gathered for “Out of School Learning in  Dallas- A Community Conversation” at Communities Foundation of Texas. The standing room only crowd gathered over breakfast to hear a list of allstar speakers including: Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, DISD Superintendent Mike Miles, Dallas Regional Chamber CEO Dale Petroskey, Ann Stone from The Wallace Foundation, Molly Clayton from Texas Partnership for Out of School Time (TX Post) and Susan Hoff from United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.


After the breakfast, attendees were invited to attend one of three breakout sessions to find out more about how out of school time is critical to the success of the children of Dallas. Sessions included “Summer Learning” by the National Summer Learning Project; “Connected Learning in a Connected City” by Big Thought and Dallas City of Learning; and “The ROI on OST” in which Kari Pardoe from The Mott Foundation shared research findings that showed students who participated in high quality afterschool programs attended school more, had better behavior, received higher grades and performed better on tests compared to non-participating students.


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This year's Baird Gives Back week was a huge success! As part of a four-day initiative, volunteers from Robert W. Baird & Co. gave their time to support Readers 2 Leaders, a Dallas Afterschool partner program. With assistance from the Dallas Afterschool team, Baird Gives Back volunteers spent the week teaching students about gravity, insulators and optics through hands-on learning Activity Boxes.

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