Kansas

Kansas Enrichment Network

The Kansas Enrichment Network is a collaboration of agencies and organizations in Kansas that helps build and expand school-based programs to enhance learning opportunities for students, and provides technical assistance to new and established programs. The Network strives to raise awareness, build capacity and sustainability, and promote the importance of such programs.

Accomplishments: 
Accomplishments:
 
  • Development of a Regional Ambassadors cohort that works collectively with the Kansas Enrichment Network and the Kansas Afterschool Ambassador.

  • Partners Coming Together to Elevate STEM Learning for Future Workforce Needs Summit (in partnership with the Missouri Afterschool Network).

  • Over 90 successful Lights On events in locations across Kansas.

  • Over 30 Summer Learning Day events throughout the state.

  • Connection to STEM in Motion, a business-initiated group that is learning the value of expanded learning.

  • Kansas hosted several STEM specific conferences, workshops and trainings including afterschool frontline staff conference, afterschool Director’s conference, Boys and Girls Club/21st CCLC Conference, and a training of Grade 6-12 science teachers at Kansas City Kansas Public Schools. 

  • New partnerships with science and art museums and with four STEM mentoring groups.

Quality-Related:

  • Broadened usage of the Kansas Afterschool Guidelines. All 21st CCLC grantees are required to utilize the guidelines and self-assessment tool and build their continuous improvement plan based upon these resources.

  • Hosted three professional development conferences during the year.

Current Projects and Initiatives: 
  • Expanded of advocacy/policy work through the State and Regional Ambassadors.

  • Reinstated the yearly Day at the Capitol.

  • Organized advocacy/policy work around the information gleaned at the White-Riley-Petersen Fellow project.

  • Continued focus on STEM system-building initiative, connecting likely and unlikely partners in an effort to increase youth opportunities and help prepare them for the workforce.

  • Joined STEM system-building efforts with the Kansas Department of Education and a statewide business project.

  • Strengthened youth expose to STEM activities by providing technical assistance to recipients of a STEM mentoring grant.

  • Began a badging project that focuses on both content and 21st Century skills badges.