Why are We Different? The Kaleidoscope of Cultural Diversity in Afterschool


ORGANIZATION: Youngstown State University

AUDIENCE: New Administrators (less than 2 years), Seasoned Administrators (more than 2 years), New Staff (less than 2 years), Seasoned Staff (more than 2 years), Volunteers and Support Staff

TARGET AGE GROUPS: Elementary School, Middle School, High School


SESSION 1 : 11:00AM – 12:30PM


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Afterschool is a diverse melting pot of abilities, skills, talents and cultures. Trying to understand cultures between staff, students, families and schools can be hard. While students and families have their own cultures, the culture of the school can add another layer. The culture of afterschool program administrators and staff bring yet another layer to the colorful kaleidoscope. This workshop will offer participants the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the colors in the picture that make up the diverse world of afterschool. Participants will identify social norms of their programs, staff and students to help bring understanding that fosters growth and acceptance.


Angela Cameron is the Director of the Center for Human Services Development at Youngstown State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Ohio University and a Master’s degree in Education from Youngstown State University. Angela is an Ohio Licensed Professional School Counselor and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. With a background in counseling and directing educational and outreach programs, Angie has been using her passion to serve the afterschool community for more than 15 years. In addition to her role with the CHSD, Angie serves YSU as an adjunct faculty member, teaching both undergraduate- and graduate-level courses.