The meeting was being held by the Afterschool Alliance and the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans, to help the Alliance learn how it might better engage Latino communities about the benefits of afterschool programs. While Latinos face their own challenges in educating and caring for their youth, such as alarmingly high drop out rates, the difficulties surrounding non-native English speakers, and increased risk for obesity and diabetes among Latino youth, the afterschool community struggles on how to best communicate with Latino communities about participation in and the benefits of afterschool. We were looking forward to an interesting discussion about how the afterschool community can better include and serve Latino communities that are engaged in and excited about afterschool.

After the day’s proceedings, the Alliance will put out a white paper on the issues raised, the day’s discussions, and how the Latino and afterschool communities might work together to include and engage more Latino youth during the hours after school.

The Afterschool Alliance held the Latino Leadership Summit on Afterschool with support from the WT Grant Foundation. The meeting took place on March 15, 2005 in Washington, DC at the Sun Trust Conference Room at 1727 Eye Street, NW. Junior Achievement of the National Capital Area hosted the Alliance and attendees in this beautiful, state-of-the-art facility. Invitees included leadership of associations and organizations that represent Latino interests, afterschool and education advocates and providers, afterschool funders, and representatives of federal agencies and lawmakers.

Summit Broadcast Map

The summit was broadcast in part to LTN Alliance Partners that had or are considering afterschool programs. Participants included Chicanos Por La Causa in Tucson, AZ, George I. Sanchez Charter High School in Houston, TX and the Cuban American National Council in Miami, FL.

During the session, summit participants were able to receive feedback from students, teachers and administrators.

AAMA Summit Map