Virginia

Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time

VPOST, the Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School-Time, is a statewide public-private partnership dedicated to developing and expanding academic, social, emotional, and physical supports and services to school-age children and youth across the Commonwealth of Virginia during the out-of-school time hours – before-school, after-school, vacation periods, and summer.

Accomplishments: 
  • On Monday, October 5, 2015 an Exclusive Gathering of Champions for Quality Out-of-School Time Programming in Virginia was held in Charlottesville, Virginia at the Boar’s Head Inn. Professionals working in the field of Education, Juvenile Justice, School-Age Child Care, Prevention and Youth Development, Recreation, Military Family Support, and Social Services enjoyed hearing from Leland Melvin who offered the keynote address.
  • VPOST has been extremely proactive in trying to recruit new individuals from various organizations. We have partnered with a pro-bono legal firm, have been actively engaged in social media sites, and have hosted our annual Summit which focused on Quality Standards.  VPOST has also been pursuing and engaging local and state policy makers on the importance of afterschool.  We have also hosted our annual Lights On Afterschool Mini Grant Competition that awarded 6 programs with funding to offset event costs.
  • VPOST had a sustainability VISTA that ended their year of service in July. At our annual summit, VPOST released a draft of the quality standards and polled all attendees for feedback and initial vetting. 
Current Projects and Initiatives: 
  • We are working to secure a new AmeriCorps VISTA that can continue the work of sustainability around the state and also participate in food security programs. 

  • VPOST works to foster a statewide system of exemplary out-of-school programs and resources to support the academic, social, emotional, and physical development of Virginia’s children and youth.