Local B&G Club official gets Afterschool Alliance accolade

The Afterschool Alliance has announced that Desiree Frederick, unit director at the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County, has been selected to serve as a 2018-19 afterschool ambassador.

Frederick is one of just 15 leaders around the country this year chosen to receive this honor. Each afterschool ambassador will continue leading a local afterschool program while also serving a one-year afterschool ambassador term, organizing public events, communicating with policymakers and in other ways growing awareness and support for afterschool and summer learning programs.

“We’re thrilled that Frederick will serve as an afterschool ambassador this year,” said Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant. “Now more than ever, with federal funding for quality afterschool and summer learning programs under attack, we need strong advocates like her.

“She will mobilize parents, educators and business, community and faith leaders, among others, to help safeguard funding for the afterschool programs that keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help give working families peace of mind. These programs offer hands-on learning opportunities, homework help, mentors, science and technology, healthy snacks and meals, sports and fitness, arts programming, college and job prep and much more.”

“I am delighted to join in the Afterschool Alliance’s work to build support for afterschool programs,” said Frederick. “In my eight years working in the field, I’ve seen over and over again the extraordinary difference that afterschool makes in the lives of young people in Indiana. They help students explore their interests and discover their passions, while giving parents the security that comes from knowing their children are safe and supervised, with opportunities to learn and grow, after the school day ends.

“I look forward to building support for the out-of-school-time opportunities all students need.”

The Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County serves on average 320 youth daily between their before and afterschool programs. The program has two sites, one located in Huntington and one at Salamonie Elementary School in Warren. The Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County is part of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. They provide afterschool and summer programs that support academic success, such as homework help, enrichment programs that focus on healthy lifestyles, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and the arts. Members enjoy a wide variety of programs at the club including help with homework, learning to use a 3D printer, Positive Action – a program about making healthy choices and the recently added dance program for members.

Each afterschool ambassador will organize a major event for Lights On Afterschool, the Afterschool Alliance’s annual rally for afterschool, to be held on Thursday, Oct. 25, this year. Last year, 1 million people participated in some 8,000 Lights On Afterschool events across the United States and at U.S. military bases worldwide.

The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality afterschool programs. More information is available at www.afterschoolal liance.org.