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Center for Civic & Urban Engagement Continues Conference Series Dedicated To Strengthening Afterschool Programs

March 5, 2010  
 Filed in Campus Headlines, Community, Events, Humanities

Power and Promise LogoSpringfield, Ohio – Wittenberg University’s Center for Civic & Urban Engagement will host the second “The Power & Promise of Afterschool” conference from 8:15 a.m.-12 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, in Room 105 of the Joseph C. Shouvlin Center for Lifelong Learning, 737 North Fountain Ave.

The conference, the second of four focused on strengthening afterschool programs, involves more than 50 community members who represent a broad range of organizations, including afterschool program providers, educators, juvenile justice and social service professionals, funders and government representatives.

“One of the goals of the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention grant is to build a self-sustaining collaborative of afterschool providers working together to address the needs of at-risk youth in our community,” said Trish Garrison, project coordinator for the Center for Civic & Urban Engagement. “One way to collaborate is to share program practices that are proven to work. Sharing has the potential to quickly increase performance.”

At the conference, three local organizations will present their current effective practices so that others can learn how to replicate them. Conference topics and presenters include “Nutritious, Low Cost Meals for Kids” by Dave Speas of Eagle & Dove Academy, “Walking the Talk: Ohio Academic Content Standards” by Scott Dawson and Jeannine Fox of the Clark Community Consortium, and “Training, Matching & Retaining Mentors” by Jackie Mounts of H.O.P.E.

In addition, Liz Nusken, executive director of Ohio Afterschool Network, Wittenberg Associate Professor of Psychology Stephanie Little and Garrison will address the conference. Training is a primary focus of the afterschool conferences, which are also scheduled for May 25, 2010, and Aug. 9-13, 2010.

The conference is funded by a grant from the United States Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention. Strengthening afterschool programs is one of the four priority initiatives chosen by the Center’s Community Advisory Council.

Written By: Phyllis Eberts
- Media Contact: Ryan Maurer

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