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In addition to its core role of promoting equitable access to high-quality afterschool and summer programs throughout the state of New Mexico, NMOST has a number of initiatives in specific areas.
OST-Leadership Institute - An annual, multi-session opportunity for out-of-school time professionals to come together for learning, connecting, and sharing. The goal is to build a strong network of OST experts throughout the state to lift up OST programs across New Mexico.
Advancing Young Women in STEM - Women remain underrepresented in the STEM professions and there is a need to close the gender gap and inspire the next generation of female innovators and leaders.
Guiding Principles - The purpose of the Guiding Principles for Quality OST Programming is to outline the path and specific steps that lead to quality programs, based on research and best practices in the education and youth development field.
Fighting Hunger through OST - New Mexico ranks the highest amongst all other states in the US in terms of children who are food insecure. Out-of-School Time programs have the opportunity to fill the nutrition gap for hungry children in New Mexico.
Workforce Development - OST programs provide a unique opportunity for youth and children to build the skills they need for the workforce of tomorrow, skills like communication, teamwork, and problem-solving. In addition, dual credit programs and internships/apprenticeships can give an early leg up on an affordable college education or a career that requires specific, on-the-job learning.
Data & Mapping - By mapping locations of afterschool and summer programs against a backdrop of indicators like poverty, juvenile justice referrals, educational attainment, and child abuse, NMOST seeks to show where afterschool options exist, and where there are most needed in the state.