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THANK YOU to all of you who participated in the survey and who encouraged others to participate. We could not have done this without you! We are excited to see what we learn about the workforce and how the survey results can inform practice, policy, and research to better support youth fields staff and volunteers.

The Power of Us Survey is Closed! Data is coming soon!

We are crunching the numbers to see if we have met our goal. Come back later this week to see how we did!

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Percent of Overall Goal Met as of March 24, 2023

The Stories: Meet the Faces of the Campaign

Donny Faaliliu

Senior Vice President of Leadership and Community Outreach, Los Angeles, CA

What inspires me and motivates me to stay in this field is closing the opportunity gap and being able to provide opportunities I didn’t have growing up.

Aylin Contreras

21st CCLC Site Coordinator, Walla Walla, WA

Seeing that these kids are going to grow up being able to say, “Oh, I can ask a question, and if I’m wrong, it’s okay. I can move on, I can still keep asking.” That to me is very, very important—that’s what inspires me.

Jessie Williams

Club Director, Twin Falls, ID

I want to leave the world a better place and the kids motivate me every day. We need to invest in the growth of our youth; they are facing such a different world.

Russell Bailey

Youth Program Coordinator, Housing Organization, Washington DC

This work is my way of giving back. I love the youth. I remember how important it was to have a youth center when I was growing up.

Elena Arias

High School Program Manager, Los Angeles, LA

I think what makes after school special is that students have a space where they can be themselves. But also, it’s a place where we can be ourselves.

Steve Reeves

Project Coordinator/Business and Community Engagement, South Bend, IN

It’s the greatest job that I can recall I’ve ever had in terms of the passion. Me and my partner talk about how when we get up everyday, we don’t need alarm clocks. Our passion literally wakes us up, and the days go really fast because we’re actually having an impact on young people’s lives.

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About Our Fields

Young people play, learn, and grow across the many settings and systems outside of the school day. There are dozens of varied jobs that share a commitment to help youth thrive. The adults across these settings and systems play an integral role in supporting youth to thrive.