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!
We are crunching the numbers to see if we have met our goal. Come back later this week to see how we did!
The Stories: Meet the Faces of the Campaign
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.