SOURCE: Aspiranet

July 01, 2008 09:00 ET

Aspiranet Adds New Program to Help Underserved School Children

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - July 1, 2008) - Aspiranet, a services provider to children and families, is launching a new program called Encore AfterSchool in Oakland and Santa Clara County afterschool programs. Aspiranet will train and help place experienced adults interested in working with children in afterschool program jobs providing income, meaning and purpose. These afterschool class leaders will work five afternoons a week, while enrichment activities coordinators can work two or three afternoons a week, creating a stronger, intergenerational workforce to support local schools.

"Since the passing of the State Proposition 49, which increased the demand for afterschool programs, we are accessing new avenues of recruiting afterschool leaders, and using as many age groups and talent pools to fill the expected 20,000 potential positions," said Vernon Brown, Aspiranet CEO. "We are piloting this program to increase the workforce in afterschool programs and are planning that within 2 years, one-quarter of the afterschool leadership in Oakland and Santa Clara will be people over 55."

Studies show that afterschool programs can reduce youth crime, violence, drug use, cut risky behaviors like smoking and alcohol abuse and boost self-esteem. Encore AfterSchool will further improve these programs by including talented, experienced staff providing enriching activities as part of a strengthened, intergenerational workforce.

The initial funding for Encore AfterSchool Program is being provided by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Koret Foundation.

"Bringing together the needs of young people for caring and consistent adult support, the talents of experienced workers, and the potential benefits of intergenerational connections for both youth and adults, produces a powerful win-win situation," said Michael Funk, Director of Policy and Partnership at Aspiranet.

Aspiranet also administers Experience Corps programs in Oakland, San Francisco and San Rafael, which recruits older volunteers to assist in the classroom. Training for Encore AfterSchool will begin in August for the school year beginning in September.

To review the program and fill out an application, visit www.aspiranet.org/encore or call David Brick, Encore AfterSchool Director at (510) 501-8180.

Aspiranet has created a network of community-focused programming to raise hope and empower communities throughout California. Aspiranet provides temporary and permanent placement services to children in foster care, afterschool programs, special education, and mental health services to local communities. For more information, go to www.aspiranet.org.

Contact Information

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    Dennis Bush
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