P3s Impacting Economic Mobility through Afterschool Programs

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Across the nation, city officials recognize the perils of an uneducated and under-skilled workforce. Mayors and corporate leaders share the concern that today’s workforce is not prepared for today’s jobs, much less the jobs of tomorrow. Afterschool and summer programs have the unique ability to expose youth to new careers and provide them with key skills to be prepared for the workforce. Hear from leaders in Charlotte, NC and Richmond, VA about how they have engaged the City and business and foundation partners in the private sector to support expanded learning opportunities to ensure youth across the city have equitable chances at success. Why? Because city and business leaders know that successful youth equals economic mobility for young people and their families which means a successful business and strong economy for the city. Learn action steps to inventory your community for afterschool opportunities and get the research and data to back them up, as well as tips to message the importance of afterschool programs to business and philanthropic leaders.


  • Bela Shah Spooner Manager for Expanded Learning, Institute for Youth, Education, and Families - National League of Cities


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