The Alaska Afterschool Network – Promoting Strong Afterschool Programs

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Alaska Afterschool Network
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Since 2012, Charles Clement has served as president and chief executive officer of the South East Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). Also active in charitable giving, Charles Clement contributes to the Alaska Children’s Trust, which operates the Alaska Afterschool Network.

The Alaska Afterschool Network consists of nonprofit, private, public, and tribal organizations that advocate for strong afterschool programs for children and families in an effort to improve the overall well-being and academic achievement of students. Research demonstrates that these programs typically increase attendance and academic performance as well as graduation rates. Further, afterschool programs reduce the expulsion rate and build students’ self-esteem, leading to a lower suicide rate and the development of protective factors that help students overcome trauma.

The Alaska Afterschool Network gathers the afterschool community to develop a cohesive system that fosters collaboration. The organization also disseminates best practices and encourages afterschool program staff to participate in continuing education to improve program quality. Finally, the network strives to improve access to afterschool programs and advocates for public policy that supports these programs at all government levels.