West Virginia

West Virginia Statewide Afterschool Network

The West Virginia Statewide Afterschool Network (WVSAN) works to create and sustain a statewide partnership to raise awareness of the importance and accessibility of high quality “out-of-school time” programs for all school age children, share criteria of effective programs and best practices among providers and the public, and promote sustainability of such programs throughout the state.

Accomplishments: 
  • WVSAN is excited to work with Dr. Michael J. Martirano, our new State Superintendent of Schools, and Gayle Manchin, our West Virginia State Board of Education President.

  • A Lights on Afterschool event was held during legislative interims at the state capital. West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Martirano, served as guest speaker for the event. A Lights On Afterschool proclamation was secured from Governor Tomblin.  Afterschool youth program participants were on-site demonstrating programs in STEM, cooking, and health.

  • West Virginia Afterschool Program Standards distributed to West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources - Resource and Referral regions, including a professional development training to share with providers.

  • WVSAN held a series of trainings for afterschool providers on healthy lifestyles programs. Examples included:  West Virginia Afterschool Program Standards, Health Rocks!, SPARK, and GenMove.

  • WVSAN serves as a member on the newly formed West Virginia Department of Education Grade Level Reading Challenge Committee.

  • WVSAN serves as a member of the West Virginia Partnerships to Assure Student Success (WVPASS) Leadership Board through the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts.

  • WVSAN received financial support from the National 4-H Council by receiving a Health Rocks! grant and Wal-Mart Youth Voice, Youth Choice grant. Grants resulted in the establishment of the West Virginia Health Ambassador program with teens in 8th-12th grades trained in train-the-trainer healthy lifestyles programming. Teens then delivered evidence-based healthy lifestyles curriculums in afterschool.

Current Projects and Initiatives: 
  • WVSAN is currently undergoing a new afterschool mapping survey project.

  • WVSAN is partnering with the West Virginia Department of Education to hold the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Multi-State Conference in West Virginia in 2015. The conference will also be open to all West Virginia afterschool providers.

  • WVSAN is working to create a new set of quality standards focused on nutrition and physical fitness. The standards will be based on national research and best practices in youth development.