ANNUAL REPORT ARIZONA CENTER FOR AFTERSCHOOL EXCELLENCE
What a time it has been since October 1, 2016 until today. The year has highlighted how vulnerable our youth really are. Giving our children and youth a strong social and emotional foundation is as critical to their success as their academic achievements. Quality out-of-school time programs are the bridge that is needed between the formal learning that occurs in the classroom and the informal learning that occurs in quality afterschool programs. It is also the space where youth can be heard, can be nurtured, can direct their own learning toward their passions.
The Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence is proud to
advocate for and contribute to the expanded accessibility
WELCOME FROM OUR DIRECTOR
and quality of programs for the youth of Arizona. We are proud to partner with the many programs in schools, communities and places of faith that have joined us to provide high-quality opportunities for our youth as well as a safe place from them to grow and explore their passions and resiliency. We will continue to work together to support our youthâ€”our future.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS IRENE J. BURNTON PRESIDENT
KIRK ASTROTH, EdD IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
JOSH GLIDER PRESIDENT-ELECT
SANDY FOREMAN SECRETARY
JEANETTE RAMOS TREASURER
Associate Director/Professor of Practice School of Social Work, College of Public Service & Community Solutions Arizona State University
Asst. Dean & Director, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Cooperative Extension, University of Arizona
Director Kyrene School District Community Education Services
Early Childhood Education Systems Consultant
Manager CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
LUPITA HIGHTOWER, EDD
Executive Director Academic Alliances,
Manager Community Education Department
Superintendent Tolleson Elementary School District
Financial Advisor Edward Jones
Pathways Coordinator Native Americans for
Strategic Educational Alliances
Deer Valley Unified School District
Grand Canyon University
THE HON. COREY WOODS
State Educational Director of 21st CCLC Grants
Office of the City Manager City of Phoenix
Deputy Chief Operating Officer ASU Preparatory Academy
Arizona Department of Education
EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS JOANNE HILDE
THE HON. RUTH SOLOMON
The Education Coalition
Pima County JTED Governing Board
Corporate/Education Consulting, Inc.
ARIZONA CENTER FOR AFTERSCHOOL EXCELLENCE The Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the enhancement of child and youth development and educational achievement through quality out-of-school time programming. Our vision is for outof-school time programs to flourish in Arizona, sharing a fundamental commitment to the promotion of high-level personal educational achievement and adherence to performance standards and assessment of outcomes. We envision that all Arizona children and youth will be actively engaged in life and prepared for successful young adulthood. In support of these ends, AzCASE is a statewide resource and advocacy center for out-of-school time programming.
WHY DOES IT MATTER? Because young people spend 80% of their waking hours outside of school, the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence is dedicated to improving public awareness and support for learning and personal development in those out-of-school hours. AzCASE serves as a hub for advocacy, public awareness, collaboration and partnerships to advance out-ofschool time programming using the following strategies on behalf of youth and families in Arizona.
OUR MISSION To improve access to high quality, accessible and affordable out-of-school learning opportunities for all Arizona children and youth by serving as the pre-eminent source for professional development, advocacy and community capacity building in the out-ofschool time community.
OUR VISION Arizona children & youth are actively engaged in their own learning and prepared to be career and college ready.
FISCAL YEAR 2016-2017 FINANCIALS Income $246,325
*The AzCASE statewide afterschool network model is designed for AzCASE to be a resource and advocacy center that works with and through partners statewide to expand the availability and quality of out-of-school time programs. As a result, a larger percentage of our annual budget is spent on salaries and benefits than a traditional direct services provider.
STEM GRANTS In partnership with Cox Communications, AzCASE distributed 8 grants to out-of-school time programs for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) projects. The intent of the AzCASE STEM Grants is to foster the expansion and implementation of best practices in STEM informal learning. Grants ranged from $500 to $1,500 and were awarded to K-12 programs spanning the state.
YEAR AT A GLANCE: EDUCATIONAL TRAININGS | SPRING 2017
1,316 TRAINING HOURS
CITIES HOSTED TRAININGS
QUALITY INITIATIVE MAKE IT COUNT PLEDGE
953 Arizona out-of-school time programs have signed the Make It Count pledge, demonstrating their commitment to using the Quality Standards to strengthen OST programming and youth outcomes.
AZQSAT The Arizona Quality Standards Assessment Tool (AzQSAT) is a free, selfassessment tool that directly aligns with the Arizona Quality Standards and helps programs self-identify and refine their strengths and next steps needed to continuously improve program quality. 70 organizations have signed up for the AzQSAT and 123 assessments have been submitted.
ORGANIZATIONS SIGNED UP
SIGNATURE EVENTS: ANNUAL CONFERENCE SCHOOL’S OUT, MAKE IT COUNT CONFERENCE The AzCASE Annual Out-of-School Time Conference - School’s Out, Make It Count - is the only statewide conference solely focused on professionally preparing out-of-school time (OST) staff to fully engage and prepare Arizona’s youth for life and learning. The 2016 OST Conference was held at the Phoenix Convention Center on Saturday, October 22, and featured 48 unique workshops, a Keynote Address from Fausto Lopez of American Institutes for Research, and exhibits from 50 local organizations and vendors.
OCTOBER 22, 2016 @ THE PHOENIX CONVENTION CENTER
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Eula Dean, Director & Board Chair, Academy of Excellence School
WORKSHOP TRACKS HIGHLIGHTED:
Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family
Tote Bag Sponsor
Arizona Quality Out-of-School Time Partner
Leadership Reception Sponsor
Awards of Excellence Partner
Grand Canyon University COX Communications STEM Sponsor
APS Foundation Social & Emotional Development Sponsor
The Be Kind People Project
The Hon. Ruth Solomon
Dr. Kirk Astroth Sandy Foreman
Whole Foods Market
LEADERSHIP LITERACY STEM SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT HEALTH & FITNESS
SIGNATURE EVENTS: AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE OUT-OF-SCHOOL TIME AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE The Annual Arizona Out-of-School Time Awards of Excellence recognizes innovative out-of-school time programs and staff members for their exemplary work in providing and promoting quality youth development programs for Arizona kids. Winners and finalists were recognized at the 2016 Schoolâ€™s Out, Make It Count Conference on Saturday, October 22 at the Phoenix Convention Center. The 2016 Awards of Excellence Honorees were:
MELANIE MCCLINTOCK LEADERSHIP AWARD AWARD WINNER
Christopher Lopez, Youth Development & Community
Engagement Supervisor, City of Avondale
FINALIST Stacey Jay Cavaliere, Director of Programs, one n ten FINALIST Dave Thompson, Coach, The CocoNuts FIRST Robotics Team,
Coconino High School
CITY OF AVONDALE
OUTSTANDING OUT-OF-SCHOOL TIME PROFESSIONAL AWARD WINNER Diane Bushu, Lead Instructor, Las Brisas Before & After Care, Deer Valley USD
FINALIST Tom Moore, Coordinator, VOICES After School Programs, City High School
DIANE BUSHU DEER VALLEY USD
Jazmin Villavicencio Native Vision Field Coordinator, Johns
Hopkins Center for American Indian Health
OUTSTANDING OUT-OF-SCHOOL TIME PROGRAM AWARD WINNER Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix, Spencer D. & Mary Jane Stewart Branch
FINALIST Association for Supportive Child Care, Phone Friend Program FINALIST Future for Kids
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF METRO PHOENIX
SPENCER D. & MARY JANE STEWART BRANCH
KEY ACHIEVEMENTS IN OST ADVOCACY FEDERAL LEVEL LETTER & CALL CAMPAIGN SUPPORTING 21ST CCLC FUNDING 2 HILL VISITS TO 5 CONGRESSIONAL OFFICES
STATE LEVEL LETTER CAMPAIGN SUPPORTING 21ST CCLC FUNDING 1 STATE HILL VISIT TO 3 CONGRESSIONAL OFFICES PROVIDED INFORMATIONAL PACKETS TO LEGISLATIVE CAUCUSES AT THE START OF THE SESSION WITH INFORMATION ABOUT OUT-OF-SCHOOL TIME, AZCASE & SUBSIDIES CONDUCTED 4 ADVOCACY TRAININGS THROUGHOUT ARIZONA TO PROGRAMS AND OUT-OF-SCHOOL TIME SUPPORTERS
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Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence Annual Report for FY 2016-2017. www.azafterschool.org