WASHINGTON, DC / AGILITYPR.NEWS / December 18, 2020 / Bristol’s Inverso Chosen to Be One of Just 18 ‘Afterschool Ambassadors’ in the Nation This Year
Chuck Inverso Will Work in Pennsylvania to Raise Awareness About and Increase Access to Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs
The Afterschool Alliance announced today that Chuck Inverso, Summer Camp Director at the Neshaminy Kids Club, has been selected to serve as an Afterschool Ambassador for the Afterschool Alliance in 2020-2021. He is one of just 18 leaders in the United States chosen for the honor this year. Afterschool Ambassadors continue their work at local afterschool programs while serving the one-year Afterschool Ambassador term, organizing public events, communicating with policy makers and community leaders, and in other ways increasing awareness and support for afterschool and summer learning programs.
“We are so pleased that Chuck Inverso will serve as an Afterschool Ambassador this year,” said Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant. “With the pandemic increasing the need for quality afterschool and summer learning programs so dramatically, we need strong advocates who have their fingers on the pulse of their communities. Chuck will do a terrific job mobilizing community and business leaders, parents, policy makers, educators and others to send the message that afterschool programs are vital to our recovery from COVID-19. Afterschool programs keep kids safe, inspire them to learn, and give families peace of mind that their children are safe, learning, and constructively engaged while parents are at work or looking for jobs.”
“I am delighted to work with the Afterschool Alliance to increase support for afterschool programs,” said Inverso. “It’s a tremendously important issue in my community and state. In normal times, afterschool programs help young people succeed in school and in life, and support working families throughout Pennsylvania. These days, we need to help children with academic, social and emotional needs created by the pandemic and support efforts to rebuild our economy. That makes these programs even more essential. I look forward to helping build support for the out-of-school-time opportunities all students need, now and over time.”
Neshaminy Kids Club (NKC) is a nonprofit organization that serves the Neshaminy School District. NKC serves about 200 families between the six elementary schools in lower Bucks County. During a typical day at the afterschool program, children are able to have an afternoon snack, do homework and enjoy activity areas such as Legos, games, and dramatic play. For at least one hour a day, NKC asks the children to participate in staff-led activities. Each day is different, but activities range from science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), arts and crafts, math games, and gym and outside games. NKS's most important partnership is the Neshaminy School District, with which it works hand-in-hand to create the most enjoyable experience for the children throughout their school career.
Each Ambassador will organize a major event for Lights On Afterschool, the Afterschool Alliance’s annual rally for afterschool, which will include events on or around Thursday, October 28, 2021.
The 2020-2021 Afterschool Ambassadors are:
The America After 3PM household survey of more than 30,000 families, commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance and released this month, finds that unmet demand for afterschool programs has reached an all-time high. For every child in an afterschool program in America today, three more are waiting to get in. The study finds significant inequities, with Black and Latinx children disproportionately without afterschool opportunities. Ninety-four percent of parents of afterschool students say they are satisfied with their child’s program.
A large and powerful body of evidence demonstrates improvements in grades, school attendance, behavior and more among children who participate in afterschool programs. Researchers have also found that students in afterschool programs are more engaged in school and excited about learning and develop critical work and life skills such as problem solving, teamwork, and communications.
The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality afterschool programs. More information is available at www.afterschoolalliance.org.
Neshaminy Kids Club is a non-profit organization that serves children and parents in the Neshaminy School District with afterschool and summer learning programs.