North Dakota Afterschool Summit

Lori Zahradka, Project Director, North Valley Extended School Project, serves on the leadership team for the newly established North Dakota Statewide Afterschool Network. The Network was funded by the C.S. Mott Foundation in October 2016.

Network Mission Statement: On behalf of school-age youth, the North Dakota Afterschool Network supports and advocates for high quality out-of-school time programming, resources and services.

Network Goals:

1) Create a sustainable structure of statewide, regional, and local partnerships, particularly school-community partnerships, focused on supporting policy development at all levels.

2) Support the development and growth of statewide policies that will secure the resources

that are needed to sustain new and existing school-based/school-linked afterschool programs.

3) Support statewide systems to ensure programs are of high quality.

For more information on the North Dakota Afterschool Network:

Twitter: #ndafterschool

Facebook: North Dakota Afterschool Network@NDAfterschool

White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship

During the 2014-2015 school year, Lori Zahradka was selected as a member of the 2014-2015 Class of White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellows. Named for William S. White, Richard W. Riley and Terry K. Peterson, the White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship was a ten-month learning experience offered by the Riley Institute at Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, in partnership with the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Grounded in deep discussion of actual case studies and led by policy changemakers, the Fellowship equipped graduates with a real world understanding of the art and science of policymaking for afterschool and expanded learning. Fellows worked closely with their afterschool networks and network leads to build capacity, ensure statewide connectivity and assist in advancing the public interest policy agenda of the network. In states where no network exists, participants worked to develop one. A precious and rare opportunity indeed!

For more information on the White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship: