- GSAN led an expanded Lights On Afterschool effort in Georgia, which included Spotlight Celebrations, increased communications and tools, and a GSAN co-hosted event. 2014 was the first year that Governor Deal proclaimed the whole week “Lights On Afterschool Week.” Georgia celebrated with over 260 celebrations across the state. GSAN worked closely with 14 Spotlighted Celebrations and coordinated 20 leader visits to these sites, including State Senators and Representatives, congressional staff members, mayors, city council members, local superintendents, and local school board members. Throughout the state, over 75 leader visits were reported. GSAN co-hosted a keystone event with VOX Teen Communications. Over 35 partners and leaders attended the event, including television media, and participated in youth developed and led activities.
- GSAN was invited as the only private partner to the state’s Afterschool & Youth Development (ASYD) Conference planning team, other than those contracted for implementation. The conference was led by the Governor’s Office for Children and Families, Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Department of Human Services, and Georgia Department of Public Health. In attendance were nearly 700 afterschool and education professionals.
- GSAN supported the development of the Georgia ASYD Quality Standards and training curriculum. The standards and trainings will be formally released in 2015.
- GSAN presented workshops at the Georgia ASYD Conference and Beyond School Hours. In February 2014, GSAN co-presented with the Asia Society at Beyond School Hours a workshop on global competence, “Preparing Youth for a Global Workforce: Developing Global Competencies During Afterschool.” In October 2014, GSAN presented a Lights On Afterschool workshop, “Lights On Afterschool: Planning Your Event and Engaging Your Community.”
- GSAN coordinated STEM programming in collaboration with other state networks, NASA, CASIS, and MIT. Four summer learning program sites in Georgia were chosen implement a five-week robotics program for a segment of their students.
- GSAN continues to develop more tools and resources for the field. Three new fact sheets and three new toolkits were developed.
- GSAN continues to increase the effectiveness and breadth of our communications. Beyond a new website and printed material, GSAN expanded our social media presence and improved our electronic communications. In 2014, GSAN sent out 12 e-newsletters, eight advocacy alerts, and 18 other updates, including RFP announcements, funding opportunities, and Lights On Afterschool and other event announcements.