Accomplishments

Accomplishments

POLICY AND PARTNERSHIPS

  • Redesigned the NMOST website, drafted a comprehensive communication plan, and created new communication materials including NMOST brochure, banners, and infographics.
  • NMOST organized its first ever Partner Forum June 13, 2017, with more than 80 participants.
  • Implemented Connecting Data to Action Project in partnership with Department of health, SHARE NM and regional education initiatives, and produced OST story maps and four (4) infographics focusing on the need to invest in afterschool in areas of severe poverty, high rates of child abuse or juvenile justice referrals, and schools with less than 15% math and reading proficiency.
  • Disseminated the OST story maps and infographics to the network, during the 2018 legislative session, at the Afterschool Challenge, during the Fall into Place conference and various events and conferences at the local, statewide and national level.
  • With additional funding from the Afterschool Alliance STEM Policy grant, expanded the OST story maps to include YMCA, 4H, and Boys & Girls Clubs.
  • Developed a crowdsourced OST STEM Map to capture OST STEM programs, recurring events and STEM-rich destination sites to inform policy makers about where there are and aren’t OST STEM opportunities in the state.
  • NMOST developed and disseminate our first OST survey with results showing that funding, family engagement and support, student recruitment and retention, and transportation are the main concerns amongst New Mexico OST providers.
  • Recruited new members to the Leadership Council and strengthened regional representation.
  • Organized highly successful annual NMOST Leadership Council retreats setting strategic direction and priorities for the network efforts. 
  • Published a quarterly newsletter and dramatically increased the use of the NMOST website, Facebook and Twitter social media platforms, significantly increasing our impact and presence.
  • Published three (3) OST opinion pieces in the Albuquerque Journal guest column.
  • Published two (2) national blogs posts at the Afterschool Alliance website.
  • Secured an official State of New Mexico Proclamation for Lights on Afterschool for 2016, 2017 and 2018.
  • Developed a youth ambassador program, called the Youth STEMbassadors to ensure youth voice.
  • Developed the Advancing Young Women in STEM Resources Website.
  • Established the Advancing Young Women in STEM Scholarships and Breakfast event dramatically increasing our partnerships and role in reducing the gender gap. From year one to two, applications increased from 13 to 46 and came from young women statewide. NMOST also fundraised to increase the number of scholarships from three to six.
  • Strengthened our partnership with NM Appleseed and organized the 1 Meal a Day Taskforce with multiple partners in Albuquerque to reduce child hunger.
  • Recruited a Meals Expansion Vista, Kaski Zuzuki, who has increased the number of sites participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
  • Organized a summer learning summit in partnership with Mission: Graduate and the City of Albuquerque May 1, 2018.
  • The NMOST Executive Director was completed her White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship spring 2018 and was selected to be a member of the One Albuquerque Kids Cabinet spring 2019.
  • The NMOST Director of Policy and Communications has been selected as a White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellow for the 2019-2020 cohort.
  • NMOST partnered with the NM Workforce Solutions and Future Focused Education to convene 35 organizations serving as intermediaries for internships in Central NM.
  • NMOST developed its first ever OST-Leadership Institute with regional champions receiving dedicated, in-depth training over the course of multiple, multi-day sessions.
  • NMOST Director of Policy and Communications traveled to Washington, DC to participate in the Afterschool Alliance’s Afterschool Challenge and had meetings with staff from all five of New Mexico’s congressional delegation to raise awareness of the importance of OST for the state.

SUSTAINABILITY

  • Explora Children and Science Museum of Albuquerque (Explora) assumed responsibilities as the fiscal sponsor Oct. 1, 2016, and May Sagbakken was hired as the new, full-time Executive Director as of October 5, 2016.
  • Dramatically increased focus on STEM with the hiring of a part-time STEM Coordinator Jeff McConaughy and STEM Vista Julie Hernandez and Alex Hoffman.
  • Met all match requirements for MOTT and STEM next grants.
  • Received a signature sponsorship from Verizon of $25,000 in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
  • Developed a sustainability plan for STEM.
  • Hosted a legislative day in Santa Fe every year in partnership with NM PTA with advocacy training and luncheon.
  • NMOST Executive Director spoke at the Early Childhood Advocacy Institute during the Children and Youth Day at the Roundhouse to connect the early childhood agenda to the afterschool agenda.
  • Collaborated with the LANL Foundation and participated during the STEM Day at the roundhouse.
  • NMOST Executive Director presented at the Data to Action Project at the National Meeting of the Education Standing Committee organized by the  National Conference of State Legislators meeting in Santa Fe June 9, 2018
  • Created relationship with the Legislative Finance Committee and the new Governor’s office.
  • Deepened our relationship with state legislators, Representative Trujillo and Senator Bill Tallman , who introduced a $2 million bill to increase funding for the Afterschool and Summer Enrichment program.
  • Developed a new relationship with the Lt. Governor and his staff who communicated his interest in partnering on future events as a champion for OST. In October of 2019, we co-hosted the first of a series of forums with the Lt. Governor and the OST community.

QUALITY SUPPORTS

  • Organized the annual statewide conference in 2016, 2017 and 2018 with consistently high level of professional development opportunities.
  • Posted the completed PDF version of the NM Guiding Principles of Quality (GP) on the NMOST website and disseminated the GP throughout the state via the quarterly newsletter and e-blasts.
  • Used the GP as the foundation for Fall into Place conference tracks for 2017 and 2018.
  • NMOST staff completed certification as Dimensions of Success (DoS) Observers spring 2018.
  • NMOST negotiated a contract between NM PED to deliver STEM workshops and webinars in conjunction with Explora and the New Mexico State University (NMSU) STEM Outreach Center. Workshops were delivered primarily to 21st Century Community Learning Centers and Title 1 schools during the three years of the grant implementation, and due to success, the contract amount increased from $16,200 to $32,200
  • NMOST has become a key partner in STEM NM (formerly the Central New Mexico STEM Ecosystem), which is led by Explora, our fiscal sponsor.
  • Disseminated STEM-related news, resources, events and webinars across the state through websites, Facebook, Twitter and a list-serve.

NMOST has focused on strategies communicating why afterschool matters, collected and used data in new ways, convened stakeholders, increased staff capacity and ensured new funding sources to expand our reach. As a result, we have increased the network’s visibility to the local and national OST field tremendously; improved and expanded communications, collection of data and information. We have played a strong role as a convener for a cross-sector of stakeholders; developed a strong strategic vision based on data, field and stakeholder input; and expanded new partnership, including regional representation on the Leadership Council (LC). We have been extremely successful in securing significant new grants and substantial financial sponsors for the NMOST network and NMOST conferences. We have significantly increased our usage and dissemination of relevant data, and we are proud of our ability to bring forward new ideas and moving them toward implementation. As a result of this work, we anticipate that additional local funders, foundations, and corporate sponsors will be identified and cultivated which will result in higher and more diverse income sources for the network. This additional funding will then enable the Network to hire additional support staff, including a data manager or communication manager, which will help the Executive Director accomplish the network’s goals.  


 
 

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