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Class of 2012-13

Inaugural Class of 2012-2013

The Riley Institute proudly announced its first class of White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellows who, beginning in October 2012, spent ten months studying afterschool and expanded learning policy and developing state-level policy plans in partnership with their State Afterschool Networks and the National Afterschool Alliance. To view the White-Riley-Peterson Conference Schedule of Activities for October 21-26, 2012, click here.

Comments from the inaugural 2012-2013 class:

"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 intensive week-long workshop helped me to evaluate my work towards increasing funding for
out-of-school time programs in South Dakota, gain new insights on how this work is being funded
across the country, focus on realistic goals and draft a short and long-term course of action."
                Erin Bofenkamp, Director, South Dakota Afterschool Partnership

"The WRP Policy fellowship program has increased capacity for Texas OST leaders to strengthen
citywide systems of support and bolstered energy to truly engage community and city leaders in
advocating for increased access to OST programs . It has allowed me to form critical support
networks among my fellowship colleagues across the country from Alaska to Alabama, interact with
key state and national leaders, and receive valuable mentorship from major movers and shakers in the
field. This is a truly unique experience in achieving great goals with fervor and loud, empowered voices."
             Monica Armendariz, Director of Education/President, BeHive USA/ Central Texas Afterschool

"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

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