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A good action agenda might include the following:
- A big picture vision of success for the children and youth in a given community.
- A discussion of the barriers that get in the way of the vision—i.e. how does the current reality deviate from the community aspiration?
- A clear position on the role Out-of-School Time opportunities can play to help realize the big picture vision.
- The current Out-of-School Time landscape (school and community-based), what types of programs are available; where; who do they serve?
- Challenges and issues that need to be addressed to ensure that Out-of-School Time efforts have the intended result (e.g., access, availability, quality, alignment and coordination, sustainability).
- Specific recommendations and strategies for addressing these issues. (To see a sample OST strategy map, click here.)
- Roles that specific community organizations will play (including a lead coordinator) to “take action” and implement the recommendations/strategies and hold themselves accountable for results.
- Ways for passionate individuals to get involved in this type of work in a personally relevant and mutually beneficial way.
Click here to view Out-of-School Time action agendas developed by local United Ways!