GBC subcommittee focuses on after-school programs

A GBC subcommittee is seeking to focus business resources on expanding and strengthening after-school programs.

There are not enough engaging and positive activities for Baltimore City’s young people during out-of-school hours, including the summer months, concludes the PreK-12 subcommittee of the GBC’s Education and Workforce Committee. The Pre-K subcommittee is chaired by Tanesha Boldin, of PNC Bank.

The Pre-K committee is one of three subcommittees of the GBC’s Education and Workforce Committee, chaired by Dr. Kevin Manning, president of Stevenson University. Other subcommittees focus on higher education and workforce development.

The Education and Workforce committee believes that all young people, regardless of income or race, should have access to enriching, high-quality programs that keep them safe during after-school hours and during the summer months. Such programs should allow young people to explore new talents and skills to prepare them to be competitive in the global economy.

Boldin and her Pre-K subcommittee members met in June with five groups of education advocates that focus on providing services to the community relating to enhancing after-school activities for city students. The GBC committee members are working to recruit business supporters for after-school initiatives.

Last year in Baltimore City, 35 schools did not have an after-school program and 61 schools had only a single program.

After-school programs help parents balance work and family life and can be effective tools in preparing children with the advanced skills needed to succeed as a productive member of the economy.

The GBC’s subcommittee’s first feature on after-school programs will focus on Maryland Out of School Time Network.

Businesses willing to sponsor or participant in efforts to strengthen after-school programs for Baltimore City students should contact GBC Director of Government Relations Kisha Brown at (410) 727-2820, x38.

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