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ERIC Number: ED498870
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 51
Abstractor: ERIC
The Road to Sustainability. Sustainability Workbook
Afterschool Alliance
Sustainability seems generally thought to mean raising money. But money is only part of the equation. Money cannot be raised without a quality program, a quality program demonstrates results, effective results are based on sound management practices, etc. Sustainability therefore, is many things that in combination make something capable of lasting over time. In the case of fully developed after-school programs, getting to sustainability requires a carefully constructed plan composed of a number of critical components. First and foremost among those components is a vision: not only desired results but why the program is being developed in the first place: the hopes for the children and families to be served. There are other critical components, beginning with a broad base of support to ensure that the program continues on a long-term basis. A truly sustainable after-school program has an array of community supporters and partners who are critical to assessing youth needs and discovering community resources. Together supporters and partners are the people and organizations that will ensure that quality is paramount and who will be the first to speak out for a supportive policy and funding climate. More than anyone else, they know that after-school programs have proven to keep kids safe, improve academic achievement and help working families. The program is itself a community asset that needs to be sustained. This workbook focuses upon three fundamental elements: (1) Building Collaboration; (2) Advocating for Support; and (3) Finding Funding. There are challenges to achieving sustainability. The constantly changing environment in which after-school programs operate buffets efforts to strive for sustainability. The dynamic nature of communities affects programs' community partnerships. The unpredictable climate for policy related to after-school and youth programs alters advocacy efforts. Shifting landscapes of after-school funding impact how programs pursue that funding. Characteristics of the individual after-school program will impact how each program approaches the sustainability challenge. Differences in program size, location, history and community partners will shape each program's sustainability efforts. Fundamentally, sustainability is an ongoing and complex challenge. This workbook outlines some of the strategies that have proven successful in approaching sustainability, serves as a starting point for developing a sustainability plan, and points to more detailed, specific resources that explore the range of important elements a final sustainability plan should entail. Case studies, worksheets, suggested resources and an evaluation form are included. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Community Education, Flint, MI.; Afterschool Alliance, Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A