The 2021 New Mexico Legislative Session started January 19th, so it's time to discuss the many ways in which OST is essential to New Mexico's children and youth, families, communities, and businesses. Learn more and prepare yourself to raise your voice in support of out-of-school time to your representatives in the Roundhouse. NMOST is hosting a series of conversations about topics of interest to the OST community to help educate and inform parents, program administrators and facilitators, policymakers, and other stakeholders.
Fourth in the series from Thursday, February 25th from 10am - 11:30am
Topic: Libraries as a Resource & Partner for expanding OST Programming in New Mexico
Valerie Bellson; Zuni Public Library
Janice Kowemy, Laguna Public Library
Flo Trujillo, Farmington Public Library (retired)
Jackie Thornton, Farmington Boys & Girls Club (Unfortunately, Jackie was unable to present due to technical issues.)
Q&A Follow up (answers received either in the chat during the session or via email after-the-fact): Q & A PDF
Kickoff Event: Thursday, January 14th at 10AM
Topic: Gaps in OST Opportunity
Howie Morales: New Mexico's Lietenant Governor and afterschool champion, Howie Morales, kicks off our series with an introduction discussing the importance of afterschool for New Mexico families and communities.
Jen Rinehart: Sr. Vice-President for Research & Policy for the Afterschool Alliance, Jen joined the Alliance in 2002 and established the Afterschool Alliance's Washington, D.C., office. Jen takes a primary role in the Afterschool Alliance's coalition building, policy and research efforts, and serves as a spokesperson for the organization.
Colby Wilson: CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Mexico,Colby has been a part of the Boys & Girls Clubs movement for nearly 20 years. He believes strongly that through meaningful partnership and collaboration the Boys & Girls Club can be part of the solution to many of the issues that we all care so much about.
Alisa Diehl: Sr. Education Attorney, NM Center on Law & Poverty, Alisa Diehl joined the Center in June 2020 as a senior education attorney, and a member of the legal team for the Yazzie plaintiffs in Yazzie/Martinez vs. State of New Mexico.
Conroy Chino: Acoma Pueblo, Tribal Education Alliance, Conroy is from the Acoma Pueblo and works with the Tribal Education Alliance.
The New Mexico Out-of-School Time Network (NMOST) brings together policymakers, educators, childcare providers, youth development workers, and other stakeholders interested in ensuring positive youth development opportunities and outcomes through out-of-school time programs.