Pilot Program to Address Inequity in Afterschool Leadership
Inequities exist when it comes to the recruitment, hiring and retention of people of color
The National AfterSchool Association (NAA) realized that while many of the people who worked in afterschool programs reflected the diversity of their communities, few of the leaders heading up those programs did. In a bid to address this inequity, NAA is piloting a new program: the Professional Learning Community (PLC) for Emerging Leaders of Color.
“All of this came out of this report we released addressing the racial leadership gap,” said Gina Warner, president and CEO of NAA.
The Afterschool Leadership Landscape: Supporting and Strengthening Racial Equity report, funded by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, offered five recommendations for supporting leaders of color: ensure leadership is multidimensional, provide ongoing opportunities, be aware of unique experiences and influences brought by participants, help build capacity and confidence and collect data on demographics.
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