A Message from Ohio Afterschool Network:


The Ohio Municipal Summit on Afterschool and Summer Learning was a great success, due to the huge support of many individuals and organizations across the state.

OAN would like to thank the National League of Cities (NLC) for their generous funding and support of the Summit. Thank you to NLC President and Cleveland City Councilman Matt Zone for his amazing committment to outreach to Ohio’s elected officials and to Bela Shah Spooner, NLC Program Manager of Expanded Learning, for her leadership and assistance in developing this wonderful event.

OAN appreciates Columbus City Council Pro Tempore Priscilla Tyson and Ohio Municipal League President Kent Scarrett for their warm welcomes to Columbus and opening remarks.

Many thanks also to elected officials from around Ohio who serve as champions of youth outcomes in their communities and who shared their best practices and insights during the afternoon Municipal panel: Mayor Nan Whaley of Dayton, Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson of Toledo, Cleveland City Councilman Matt Zone and Columbus City Councilwoman Jaiza Page.

Thank you to the Summit event planning team and to our knowledgable and dynamic presenters, without whom this event would not have been possible. As requested, powerpoint presentations can be found here.

And finally, thank you to all of you – our local elected officials, community leaders and decision makers – who committed your time and energy into discussions on workforce, academics and youth safety to better understand how Afterschool and Summer Learning programs can be tools to address local challenges surrounding these community issues.



OAN recieved great responses from our event survey.

  • 86% agreed or strongly agreed that attending the Summit made them more aware of the powerful benefits of Afterschool and Summer Learning programs
  • 86% were able to connect with someone who was a resource for Afterschool and Summer Learning
  • 88% were inspired to take action back in their communities

In addition,

  • 17 attendees committed to convening a group of decision makers in their community to dive deeper into Afterschool as a solution for local youth issues
  • 14 attendees committed to attending a Summer Learning Day event
  • 10 attendees committed to visiting an Afterschool or Summer Learning program



OAN is committed to making this an ongoing conversation. Those who provided contact information on your surveys indicating the deisre for follow up from OAN can expect to be contacted by a member of our team.

In the meantime, here are three action steps you can take to be better connected with the work OAN is doing around the state:

  1. UTILIZE SOCIAL MEDIA – Follow OAN on Facebook and twitter, and sign up for our monthly newsletter, for the most up-to-the-minute details on OAN activities.
  2. ATTEND AN OAN QUARTERLY MEETING – Save the date for August 2, 2017. Atttend to hear policy, advocacy and legislative updates. Registration information will be emailed soon.
  3. JOIN THE OAN MUNICIPAL TASK FORCE – Five elected officials from our event have already committed to be a part of the Municipal Task Force! Be a part of this group and help champion  Afterschool and Summer Learning issues in your community. Learn more


Again, thank you for your committment to exploring the powerful outcomes and high demand for Afterschool and Summer Learning programs in Ohio. If I can be a resource to you at any time, do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Kindest regards,

Nichelle Harris, Director

Ohio Afterschool Network


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