After School Resources

American Savings Foundation offers a number of resources to help you with your after school program. If you're looking to get funded, please reference these self-assessment tools in addition to the Foundation's city-wide networks and funding information.

Why After School?

Why After School?

After school programs have been part of American Savings Foundation’s funding throughout our history, including our 7-year (2005-2012) After School Initiative for Middle School Youth which was designed to expand and improve quality after school programs in New Britain.

Research shows the significant value of quality after xschool programs. As Dr. Beth N. Miller wrote in the executive summary of her work Critical Hours: Afterschool Programs and Educational Success (commissioned by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation):

The accumulation of research findings presented . . . makes an extremely compelling case that many young people derive great benefit from after school programs and extracurricular activities.

Dr. Miller demonstrates the link between participation in high-quality programs and academic success, including graduation rates. After school programs provide youth with skills and interests that can stay with them throughout their lives. She also shows how programs provide significant added value:

Positive effects extend to families, employers and communities as well. Working parents who know their children are in a safe, secure place supervised by adults during out-of- school time are able to be more productive, work more hours, and move into better jobs.

The American Savings Foundation believes that all youth deserve the opportunity to attend high-quality after school programs.   After school programs should incorporate best practice standards including the 8 standards identified by Dr. Miller in Critical Hours that provide children with experiences that are challenging, nurturing, and fun. 

City-Wide Networks

The American Savings Foundation supports the work of local collaborations, coalitions and networks that are coming together to address the needs of youth on a city-wide scale. We strongly encourage youth programs that we fund to participate in and benefit from the collective impact work of these networks. 

The Coalition for New Britain's Youth

This Coalition is a city-wide collaborative committed to improving the lives of New Britain’s children and youth, from birth through age 24, and working to ensure they have what they need to succeed in all areas of life.  Its members include parents, educators, government officials, health agencies, social service agencies and youth programs. The Coalition was formed with the merger of four networks that were working to address a wide range of issues to improve outcomes for youth, including:

  • New Britain Youth Network
  • Coalition for New Britain’s Children (previously the Discovery Initiative)
  • New Britain School Readiness Council
  • Commission on Health and Wellness 

The Coalition is committed to a data-driven approach to develop and implement strategies, align efforts and monitor progress. The Coalition has shown significant success in addressing the issues of chronic absenteeism and summer learning loss through collaborative efforts and innovative partnerships.  

Read the New York Times Article

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Waterbury Bridge to Success

Waterbury Bridge to Success (BTS) Community Partnership is the state’s first cradle to career youth initiative.  BTS engages families and 89 public and private organizations to develop new approaches, share resources, and work collaboratively.   The collaboration has committed to three key measures of effectiveness:  kindergarten readiness scores, third grade reading scores, and high school graduation rates.  By working together, the BTS partners are more effective in achieving the common goal that Waterbury’s youth succeed in school, work and life. 

Measurable Outcomes

Like many funders - private as well as public - the American Savings Foundation wants to invest its funds in programs that make a real, demonstrable change in the community and in the lives of the people served. While we understand that nonprofit program results can be difficult to measure, we expect grant seekers to focus on outcomes, not on process. Your proposal must define your outcomes, and what indicators you will use to measure whether you have been successful in achieving them. These outcomes should be realistic given your program implementation and action plans and the scope and timeframe of your proposal to us. If your proposal is funded, these outcomes will form the basis for written reports and site visits.

We do not dictate exactly what approach you must take, because we understand that it may be different for every agency. Some examples include logic models (see W.K. Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Development Guide) and Results Based Accountability (see Overview of Results-Based Accountability – State of Connecticut).
 

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