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 2012, MOST has placed 96 full-year VISTA members and 99 Summer Associates at a total of 35 distinct program sites to serve communities of youth and families across the state of Maryland. Since 2012, VISTA members sponsored by MOST have collectively leveraged over $707,078 in cash resources and $319,365 worth of in-kind resources for OST programs serving youth across the state of Maryland. Additionally, VISTA members have collectively recruited and managed over 2502 volunteers, who have served a combined total of 16,443 hours in service of MD youth- for a total estimated cash value of $405,977.67 in volunteer time invested in 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.