FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Denver Selected to Receive After-School Program
One of Twelve Cities Selected Nationwide by the National League of Cities
(DENVER) Denver has been selected by the National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families’ (YEF Institute) as one of twelve cities nationwide to participate in Phase I of its “City Leaders Engaged in Afterschool Reform (CLEAR)” technical assistance project. The nationwide initiative will assist mayors, city council members and other municipal officials in creating or strengthening citywide systems to support expanded learning opportunities for youth in the after-school hours.
In addition to Denver, other selected cities are Alexandria, Va.; Baton Rouge, La.; Boise, Idaho; Bridgeport, Conn.; Burlington, Vt.; Carolina, P.R.; Chicago, Ill.; Florence, S.C.; Las Cruces, N.M.; Waterloo, Iowa; and Salt Lake City, Utah.
Forty-seven cities applied for the CLEAR technical assistance project, demonstrating the growing interest in municipal leadership around addressing the needs of young people in the critical hours after the school day ends. Each of the selected cities identified after-school opportunities as an important strategy for addressing broader city concerns such as safety, workforce development, community engagement, health, academic achievement, and breaking the cycle of poverty.
“After-school programs are essential to the success of Denver’s students, not only academically, but socially, emotionally and physically as well,” said Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. “The CLEAR Technical Assistance project will help us build upon our existing efforts by creating a comprehensive city-wide infrastructure to support quality after-school programs that enhance positive outcomes for Denver’s youth and, by extension, our community as a whole.”
Phase I of CLEAR is a six-month project that will engage the selected cities in an “opportunity scan” to assess the city’s readiness to develop a citywide system that supports after-school programs. The YEF Institute will consult with each city to determine its strengths and challenges to create such a system. Only Phase I cities will be eligible to apply for Phase II – an additional 12 months of more intensive technical assistance intended to accomplish the project’s goal. Four to six cities will be selected to participate in Phase II of the CLEAR initiative.
To provide assistance to the cities, the YEF Institute is receiving generous support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, a national foundation committed to supporting after-school reform. Each city will receive individual assistance and access to related resources and expertise through conference calls, sharing of materials, and cross-site networking opportunities.
DETAILS: For further information about this national project, contact Bela Shah at 202-626-3057 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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