Kids Safari @ Korte Elementary – July 2016 Program of the Month!

The Kids Safari program at Korte Elementary School (Independence, MO) was nominated and won our July Program of the Month award. You can read more about the program and some of the exciting activities they have going on each day after school below, or download the PDF here.

Congratulations to the staff at Kids Safari at Korte Elementary, and thanks for all you do each day to serve Missouri youth and their families!

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Advocacy Opportunity–Outreach to Senator Blunt during Recess

We wanted to provide a quick update regarding the current situation with 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC) funding in Congress.

First—the GOOD news. As of July 18, it was confirmed that in the House version of the appropriations bill, funding for FY17 will be maintained at current levels. That said, in the latest markup of the Senate bill, funding for 21CCLC in FY17 is cut by about $116 million. Based on the Afterschool Alliance’s worksheet, this would be about a $2 mill (1.8) cut for Missouri, affecting our ability to serve approx. 1800-2000 youth.

There are still many steps in the process, but right now, with Congress on recess and being in the midst of an election year, the process is somewhat on hold. With that being said, now is a great time to make sure we are contacting Missouri Senator Roy Blunt, specifically, because of his role in the appropriations process as the subcommittee chair responsible for funding 21CCLC, to remind him of the value of our programs for youth and families across the state.

There are several ways to go about this—here are a few options below:

  • Senator Blunt is hosting a number of “Mobile Offices” around the state, which give folks an opportunity to meet with staff members from his offices. Here is a list of the mobile offices with dates, times, and locations.
  • If you are in one of the major areas where the Senator has a regional office, set up an appointment to meet with his district office team. Here is a list of locations and the main contact information for each office.
  • If you don’t have time for a face-to-face meeting with staff, make sure to send some kind of electronic communication via social media or email. If you go through the Afterschool Alliance’s site here, you can find templates to make things easier for you.

Last year, our grassroots efforts were critical in ensuring that we kept 21CCLC funding as a dedicated, stand-alone program in ESSA. We won that battle, but now we have to ensure that the program is adequately funded to serve as many Missouri youth as possible.

As always, thanks for your support and for the work you do each day to improve the lives of youth and their families throughout our state! 

Accepting Applications: 2016-2017 Missouri Afterschool Ambassadors

Have you ever been interested in learning more about communicating the afterschool message? Do you want to work with MASN to fight for stronger local, state and federal policies to support afterschool and summer learning programs?

The Afterschool Ambassador program is a unique opportunity to hone your advocacy and communication skills while working for a cause that we all love–afterschool programs!

The Missouri Afterschool Network (MASN) is pleased to announce that we are currently accepting applications for our second cohort of Afterschool Ambassadors for the 2016-2017 school year.

Purpose:  The Afterschool Ambassador program was founded out of the work of the MASN Public Policy and Advocacy committee. The goal of the program is to empower and enable up-and-coming leaders in the field of afterschool to spread the message of the importance and value of afterschool programs for youth, families, and communities across the state of Missouri.

Application Timeline:

July 22-August 22:  Applications accepted for the 2016-2017 Cohort

August 29, 2016: MASN announces 2016-2017 Ambassador Cohort

September 2016-August 2017:  Term of service for Ambassador


There will be 10 ambassador slots available, up to 4 of which can be filled by ambassador mentors. Participants have the opportunity to participate as an ambassador for up to 2 years, and if invited, can serve as an ambassador mentor for up to 2 years. Selections will be made based on qualifications and interest, and the selection committee will also try to ensure geographical coverage of the state. To apply to be an ambassador, please complete the attached application, or visit the SurveyMonkey link ( to complete it online.

Some of the activities that will take place throughout the program include:

  • Ambassadors will attend a one-day intensive training related to advocacy, media relations, and building relationships with policymakers in September 2016 (mileage reimbursed and lunch provided).
  • Ambassadors will participate in monthly conference calls that include topical webinars, update calls during the legislative session, and individual calls to support ambassadors in their local/regional work.
  • Ambassadors will work to build relationships with local and state elected officials through email or phone communication, social media or face-to-face meetings throughout the year.
  • Ambassadors will commit to one policymaker engagement project, such as:
    • Hosting a regional Lights On or training event
    • Hosting a legislative site visit to your program
    • Making a legislative visit to the Capitol during session (ex. Missouri Child Advocacy Day)
    • Hosting a local forum or summit to discuss afterschool in your region

Ambassadors are also welcome and strongly encouraged to attend other MASN events throughout the year, including:

  • MASN’s quarterly committee meetings
  • MASN’s Celebration of Afterschool (Ambassadors recognized at the spring event)


For more information or questions about the program, please contact Casey Hanson, Policy and Communications Coordinator, at or (573) 882-9665.

Click here to apply online, or download a PDF version of the application here.

2016 Municipal Summit Recap


Mayor Sly James providing opening remarks at the Kauffman Foundation Center in Kansas City, MO to kickoff the 2016 Municipal Summit on Afterschool, Summer, and Expanded Learning. 

On June 4, the Missouri AfterSchool Network teamed up with the Kansas Enrichment Network and the United Way of Greater Kansas City to host the “Strengthening Opportunities for Youth, Creating Opportunities for Cities”: 2016 KS/MO Municipal Summit on Afterschool and Expanded Learning. Host Mayors Sly James of Kansas City, MO and Peggy Dunn of Leawood, KS helped to facilitate a day of learning, sharing, and planning with city leaders and community partners from around the bi-state region. The summit was possible through generous support from the National League of Cities, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and the Wallace Foundation.

Check out the links below for some media follow-up from the event:

“Mayor Sly James Stresses Importance of Afterschool and Summer Programs for Kids” (KCUR 89.3)

2016 Municipal Summit on Afterschool and Expanded Learning Wrap-Up Video

**Special thanks to our partners at LINC in Kansas City for providing support and creating this video to capture some of the key moments from the summit!

#KSMO4Afterschool Social Media Recap

A huge thank you to our co-hosts, sponsors, planning committee members and speakers for making this event possible! We have ignited some great conversations about afterschool and expanded learning opportunities across the state, and look forward to continuing our work in partnership with municipal leaders to ensure all Missouri youth have access to high-quality out-of-school time opportunities!

Clayton Kid Zone-May 2016 Program of the Month Award Winner

Clayton Kid Zone was nominated and won our May Program of the Month award. You can read more about the program and some of the exciting activities they have going on each day after school below, or download the PDF here.

Congratulations to the staff at Clayton Kid Zone, and thanks for all you do each day to serve Missouri youth and their families!

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