Dogwood Health Trust to host webinar on out-of-school-time for WNC Students

Press release from Dogwood Health Trust:

Dogwood Health Trust will host a webinar featuring a study of the current state of out-of-school-time opportunities across Western North Carolina. This Analysis of Out-of-School Time outlines how afterschool and summer programs play a crucial role in supporting young people’s healthy development. To present the findings in more detail, Dogwood will host a webinar on Wednesday, May 24 at 12 p.m. All community members are invited to attend and can register using this link. The full report will be available for free download on Dogwood’s website immediately following the webinar. 


The study, commissioned by Dogwood, was conducted by the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP), a comprehensive statewide afterschool and expanded learning network, working with key partners to increase access to high-quality afterschool and expanded learning programs for all children and youth in North Carolina, especially for those at-risk of educational failure. Elizabeth Anderson, director of the NC CAP, along with Dr. Mary Ann Wolf, president and director of the Public School Forum, will present their findings and offer a high-level analysis of the study.   


“Dogwood is committed to working with our partners to create data-driven solutions to pervasive challenges throughout our education system,” said Dr. Susan Mims, CEO, Dogwood Health Trust. “This study of the out-of-school-time landscape, along with past studies of the early childhood education and K-12 education landscapes, provide our region with a clearer picture of challenges our families face and where the greatest opportunities lie.”


“The out-of-school-time analysis will highlight the assets WNC providers offer youth, families and communities after school, on weekends, and during summers,” said Ereka Williams, Ph.D., vice president – education, Dogwood Health Trust. “It will also highlight the challenges those partners in our region face with delivering high quality, stable and impactful opportunities for youth in our region to develop as whole children and adolescents with the psychological, social, academic, and emotional competencies necessary for adulthood. While we do not expect this initial report to capture all of our region’s needs and assets, we do believe it can help stakeholders from all sectors consider how they can best invest resources of all kinds to better equip and sustain this public good.” 


In addition to sharing their findings and offering analysis, Elizabeth Anderson and Dr. Mary Ann Wolf will answer questions during the webinar on Wednesday, May 24, at 12:00 p.m. Anyone is welcome to attend and may register here.


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