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White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship

The 2019-20 White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship Class

White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship
Developing policy leaders for afterschool and expanded learning

The White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship is a ten-month learning experience offered by the Riley Institute at Furman in partnership with the Charles S. Mott Foundation. The Fellowship is named for William S. White, Richard W. Riley and Terry K. Peterson, all of whom have been instrumental in the growth of afterschool and summer learning programs and policies. Grounded in deep discussion of actual case studies and led by policy change-makers, the Fellowship will equip graduates with a real world understanding of the art, science, possibilities and realities of policy making around afterschool and expanded learning time. 

The Inside Game of Policy-making: A Conversation with Bill Milliken, Founder of Communities and Schools, and Terry Peterson, National Board Chair with the Afterschool Alliance, Director, Afterschool and Community Learning Network


Comments from Fellows:

"It has been an eye-opening experience for me not only to be part of the Fellowship but also to have
the opportunity to meet so many people passionate about the rights of the children to have a place to
go during out-of-school time. During the week together, I learned the essential tools needed to make
changes in policy in general and in particular for afterschool programs."
             Paula Adams, Program Manager, Fun 5 Program, Kahoomiki, Honolulu, HI

"The White-Riley-Peterson Fellowship has been an amazing honor and learning experience. The
knowledge of all the instructors and facilitators along with the depth of combined knowledge of the rest
of the "Fellows" is helping me work with partners in Alaska to develop our plans for a Statewide Network.
             Julie Wild-Curry, Program Director, 21st CCLC, Community After School Programs, Fairbanks, AK

"Attending the White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship was as not only rewarding academically but also for creating network partners across the country. The manner in which policy development was presented allowed for the collaboration of fellows and the input of subject matter experts in the field of afterschool programming. This policy fellowship experience has also given me the tools necessary to continue building much needed partnerships between law enforcement and out of school programs. This was an amazing hands on experience."
             Darren GrimshawMajor, Burlington Police Department, Iowa

"The WRP Fellowship offers insight into the complex local, state, and federal policy making process and provides tools for developing and maintaining important policy achievements. The Fellowship is led by a group of experienced and thoughtful individuals who give the fellows the best chance to succeed in their respective states."
             Patrick Stanton, Creative Research Director, Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership, Massachusetts

"The White-Riley-Peterson Fellowship has been the most impactful experience of my professional career. It has also had a profound impact on me personally. The Fellowship has deepened my knowledge, reignited my passion, and provided me with resources and skills needed to make a difference in our work. The fellows and mentors in my class, are not only tremendous resources and brilliant colleagues, but life-long friends."
             Kelly Sturgis, Executive Director, New York State Network for Youth Success, New York

“The year participating in the WRP fellowship was transformational in my career, as it helped to deepen my understanding of the research and policies supporting the out-of-school time field, but it’s lasting impact and what has happened since the fellowship has been even more meaningful. I now have an ever-growing network of colleagues across the country that wants to see our policy work succeed in Missouri as much as we want theirs to succeed in their home state. We still share communications and resources, advice from the trenches, and they are a constant source of inspiration to keep fighting the good fight for youth.” 
              Casey Hanson, Evaluation and Communication Coordinator, Missouri AfterSchool Network, Missouri

Press Coverage

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The Riley Institute received a $310,000 grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation for its White-Riley-Peterson (WRP) Policy Fellowship program. Furman News

The White-Riley-Peterson Institute is funded through the generous support of the C.S. Mott Foundation.