All school-age, Maryland youth have access to high quality learning opportunities in the out-of-school hours, allowing them to explore, create and achieve.
The mission of the Maryland Out of School Time Network (MOST) is to build a coalition of youth, families, community members, program providers, educators, funders, and policy makers to expand funding , implement more effective policies, and support increased program quality for youth opportunities in the out of school hours.
Create a sustainable structure of statewide, regional and local partnerships, particularly school community partnerships, focused on supporting policy development at all levels.
Support the development and growth of statewide policies that will secure the resources that are needed to sustain new and existing school-based/school-linked afterschool programs.
Support statewide systems to ensure programs are of high quality.
- Relaunched the Maryland Affiliate for the National Mentoring Partnership, Maryland MENTOR;
- Developed and implemented Maryland’s Out of School Time Quality Standards Framework which has been adopted at the state level;
- Worked with legislative champions in Annapolis to pass The Public School Opportunities Enhancement Act (HB1402), which allocates $2.5 million over two years in grants for 10 school systems in Maryland that have at least 50% free-and-reduced meals-eligible students;
- Serving as an intermediary sponsor statewide for AmeriCorps VISTA to build capacity in the Out of School Time (OST) field. Since 2014, MOST has placed 42 full-year AmeriCorps VISTA members and 73 Summer Associates at a total of 31 program sites serving communities across Maryland. Our VISTA members have collectively raised over $541,961 in cash resources and $234,162 worth of in-kind resources for MD OST programs;
- Supporting programs with training and professional development through professional learning communities focused on youth development, STEM, inclusion and more;
- Presenting 8 statewide, annual conferences, with an attendance of approximately 250-300 educators and advocates each year.