“A system is defined as a group of related parts that move or work together. Communities across the country are working to coordinate the range of programs providing young people with opportunities outside of the school day through building afterschool systems.
With support from The Wallace Foundation, the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) has been coordinating a number of learning experiences for cities aimed at increasing opportunities to share best practices and providing access to best practices and national trends. Initially, 57 cities convened in Baltimore, MD in February 2013 for the ‘Better Together: Building Local Systems to Improve Afterschool’ conference. In the 18 months following the conference, AYPF with assistance from a number of other national organizations, has provided additional information and support to the cities as they work to build and strengthen their afterschool systems.
It is clear from [AYPF’s] work with many of these cities that they have benefited from the plethora of resources developed by national organizations. To aid communities in locating available national resources, AYPF has compiled this directory to share an understanding of the range and type of resources available to assist local afterschool system building. [AYPF recognizes] it is difficult to know and stay on top of the ever-evolving list of national organizations and their supports, thus [AYPF has] attempted to bring together the leading tools, information, and resources to support their efforts” (p.3).(Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)