Amidst a Staffing Crisis: Understanding how to Recruit, Retain, and Support Afterschool Professionals

““All of our direct service level folks are burned out from all they’ve had to step up to do throughout the pandemic to support young people and families, particularly while schools were closed,” shared Nathan Beck from Madison Out-of-School Time (MOST). “But as the pandemic has continued, we’re concerned about site and program director positions starting to churn too because they’ve really been doing three or four different positions these past 18 months just to keep things running.”

…it is imperative that we pay people more for the work they are already doing right now without putting any additional requirements on it.

The Wallace Foundation’s Out-of-School Time Cost Calculator

Warner says NAA’s Leadership Equity Research backs this up. “While front-line staff tend to reflect
the communities they work in, somewhere along the line, our field is unable to retain and grow staff of color into leadership positions. We can do better. A person can be the most committed to developing professionally, but it is tough for them to advance professionally without the necessary systematic and organizational supports.”

AWAKE to WOKE to WORK: Building a Race Equity Culture

We launched our Workforce Development Work Group because our network leaders know that the outcomes we hope to help young people achieve are reliant on the workforce who makes high quality programs possible right now.



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