By Derrick Hatch, National Afterschool Association Next Generation Award 2018 Winner
Mr. Derrick with his YAB leadership students.
A Job Or A Career?
When I began working in the afterschool field, I didn’t quite know what I was signing up for. Sure, I was excited about the job; but at the time, it was a placeholder until something better came along.
Oh how wrong I was.
In the beginning, I didn’t think I was quite cut out for the work. Here I was, a white 23 year-old from suburban Southern California. Was I really qualified to be working with kids and teens in the inner-city? What if they laughed at me? What if they made fun of me?
Well, they did laugh, and they did make fun of me. And I joyfully embraced it all. Continue reading →
By Kaitlyn Ferree, National Afterschool Association Next Generation Award 2018 Nominee
The S&S Worldwide team is proud to be the sponsor of the National Afterschool Association Next Generation Award for Afterschool for 2018. We are honored to highlight the nominees and winners for their accomplishments and dedication to the afterschool community.
I graduated from Florida Southern College with a degree in Elementary Education and I went right to work teaching 1st grade and 2nd grade in Florida. I have always had a passion for working with children, which began when I was a freshman in High School and I volunteered at the summer camp in my hometown. It was through the rec league of Kennett Square and from there I was hooked. I went on to work at the camp as a counselor, and then after that I became the coordinator for two years before going to college. In college I wasn’t always sure what I wanted to do, but the one thing that I knew was I wanted to better the lives of children and make sure they are healthy and have the necessities to grow and learn. I ended up going into elementary education and I loved it. I got to learn new skills, ways to target different learning styles, and discovered that what works for some students doesn’t work for all of them. Continue reading →
By Ledisney Rodriguez, National Afterschool Association Next Generation Award 2017 Nominee
The S&S Worldwide team is proud to be the sponsor of the National Afterschool Association Next Generation Award for Afterschool for 2017. We are honored to highlight the nominees and winners for their accomplishments and dedication to the afterschool community. Ledisney Rodriguez’s is 26 years old and pursuing a degree in Dietetics’ and Nutrition. Here is her story:
I started my after school involvement/ career in 2009 right after I graduated high school, where I received my DCF 45 hour certification. I applied for a tutoring position available with the City of Hialeah’s, Education and Community Services Department for the Creative Learning and Play Program. I became eager to learn and advance in my current placement location 6-9 months later, I did. I was promoted to the main office as a Literacy Programing Assistant. During this time, I was involved in many tasks involving scheduling, invoicing and creating MOUs and Scope of services for all subcontractors, Data Tracker/SAMIS data system for The Children’s Trust, Attendance for all programs, and payroll for the whole department Part Time and Full Timers. These with other assignments allowed me to grow and understand the logistics of grant writing and the work it takes to put it all together. Continue reading →
By Natalie Gallegos, National Afterschool Association Next Generation 2017 Award Nominee
S&S Worldwide sponsored the National Afterschool Association Next Generation Award for Afterschool for 2017, and we are very proud of all of the nominees and winners! This is a great opportunity to highlight these afterschool professionals and the dedication they have to their programs. Natalie Gallegos shares her story.
Facing Obstacles with Today’s Youth
The Rawlings Library serves an interesting population. Although our county stretches over a good sectiion of southern Colorado, our patrons fit a more urban profile. This includes our youth. Kids frequent the library on their own from a young age. They are independent and expect not to be acknowledged or respected by adults. But they regularly stay at the library every day after school until close.
This created a tricky situation for those of us who served them in the youth services department. The social hierarchy they created through a complicated algorithm of Minecraft expertise, age and pure coolness (something I will never fully understand) was at odds with our services and ideas about programming. They weren’t interested in rules – I can only assume this added to their coolness quota. They wanted to be online the whole time they were here without interruption. We had a clear line with us on one side and them on the other. We identified behavior issues. They had too much energy and their food consisted of school-provided lunches and vending machine “dinners.” We knew there had to be something we could do to help. Continue reading →
By Tyler Birss, National Afterschool Association Next Generation 2017 Award Nominee
I started working in an afterschool setting during August of 2014. Before entering this specific avenue of childcare, I spent time working in a boy’s group home, volunteering in a juvenile hall setting, and working with children in areas that ranged from health clinics to summer camps. I am currently employed as a Childcare Aide through the City of El Cerrito in California and am in the middle of my third year with Madera Elementary School.
I consider my work in an afterschool program incredibly valuable because of the impact I have on the children in my care. The importance of my role is something that I reflect on daily. Parents are placing a high level of trust in me to supervise their children, lead them during activities, and help them become the best individuals that they can possibly be. Given the fact that Madera’s program serves grades K-6, I have experience working with a tremendous range of different personalities, needs, and maturity levels. Continue reading →