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After-school is an ideal venue for helping children and youth succeed and develop to their fullest potential. Yet more than 14 million young Americans have no access to high-quality after-school programs. To respond to this problem, leaders from six after-school nonprofit intermediary organizations formed The Collaborative for Building After-School Systems (CBASS), a partnership dedicated to increasing the availability of quality after-school programming by building citywide after-school systems.
CBASS was formed out of a shared concern that young people need social and academic enrichments outside of school in order to complete high school. Working in collaboration with service providers, public and private funders and policymakers, CBASS is dedicated to making after-school an integral part of the system of essential services that support children and youth.
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As intermediaries, the CBASS partners have successfully worked within their cities (New York, Chicago, Baltimore, Boston, Providence and Washington, D.C.) to connect local after-school programs, schools, and neighborhood organizations with policymakers and funding sources. Because intermediaries maintain close relationships with all these after-school stakeholders, they are able to translate the varied interests of these organizations into effective practice for kids. Intermediaries have succeeded in increasing the quality and capacity of programs, bringing financial and human resources to the after-school field, evaluating the impact of after-school, and making programs more accountable.
Now the CBASS partner organizations face a common set of challenges in expanding systems of high quality programs to serve greater numbers of children and youth. They are addressing these challenges by working toward policy changes at the local, state and federal levels. They will design and implement strategies across partner cities. In addition, they will help other jurisdictions develop after-school systems.
The work of CBASS complements other national after-school organizations in which many CBASS partners are active, including the Afterschool Alliance, the National AfterSchool Association and the National Institute on Out-of-School Time.
Among the CBASS partners' immediate objectives are to produce research and policy initiatives on after-school systems and the role of intermediaries. As a first step, partners will develop two-to-three measures of success for after-school programs that account for the social and developmental benefits of after-school participation in addition to the academic. Ultimately, the success of the CBASS will be measured by increased rates of high school completion in partner cities.