After-School Roundtable and After-School Forum expand work

The After-School Roundtable has The Skillman Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Detroit Youth Foundation, Youth Sports and Recretion Commission, Communities in Schools, Think Detroit, Detroit Public Schools, City Connect, The Youth Connection and Mayor's Time working together to identify policies and best practices needed to make high-quality after-school programs available in the city of Detroit. This collaborative effort will help the mayor realize his vision of 50% participation in after-school programs. It will also identify barriers to participation and find ways to address them.

The After-School Forum is a new program funded by The Skillman Foundation to build the capacity of small- and medium-size organizations to provide high-quality, after-school programs for children. The program will also use a collaborative approach to develop a common set of benchmarks for high-quality, after-school programs.

The After-School Forum is managed by the Youth Sports and Recreation Commission and they have hired Larry Edwards to be the program director in charge of the After-School Forum. Prior to joining the Commission, Edwards worked as Director of Operations for Black Family Development for three months. Before that, Edwards spent four years as Executive Director of Northwest Community Programs, Inc., in charge of the Northwest Activity Center.