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You are passionate, committed, creative, resourceful, resilient, and powerful. We want to know your story as a youth-serving professional or volunteer!

About the Survey

Millions of professionals and volunteers work with young people every day in the many settings where youth play, learn, and grow outside of the school day. Yet, we have little collective information about this essential workforce.

We want to know more about those who are still in the youth fields and those who left, so that we can explore, define, and elevate this collective workforce and their work with youth. The information from the Power of Us Workforce Survey can also lead to action, informing policy, practice, and further research to better support the workforce.

We believe that if we know more, we can do more.

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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.

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.