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Responding, Reimagining, Realizing
  • Author(s)
  • Tracey Hartmann, Wendy McClanahan, Mark Duffy, Leana Cabral, Carolyn Barnes, and Brian Christens
  • Publisher(s)
  • Research for Action and McClanahan Associates
Page Count 28 pages

Implementation tips

The report makes many recommendations for OST intermediaries on the one hand and funders and policymakers on the other. 

For OSTI’s, some of the recommendations are:

  • Develop policy and advocacy arms to sustain or increase local funding for OST programming
  • Maintain or reestablish partnerships that use the coordinating entity and the OST system to distribute resources to families.These include food, health, mental health, and educational resources.
  • Expand and deepen partnerships between school districts and the OST coordinating entities. Use the OST coordinators to connect with families and offer young people academic and social-emotional support.
  • Expand the network of programs in the OST system to include grassroots organizations and enhance their ability to secure public funding
  • Adjust funding to support OST providers in serving older youth and youth with greater needs.

For policymakers and funders, recommendations include:

  • Engage OSTI’s and their OST systems in addressing emerging community needs
  • Fund OST intermediaries to do local and state-level advocacy work on behalf of their OST systems
  • Prioritize living wage salaries for OST staff members when funding OST organizations
  • Work with OST intermediaries to develop systems to support career pipelines for OST staff members
  • Work with OST intermediaries to create more equitable funding that can support smaller, grassroots OST organizations.
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