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.

  • 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.