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Program Overview

The Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network’s Afterschool Community Champions program plays a key role in GSAN’s mission to advance, connect, and support quality out-of-school time programs to promote the success of youth throughout Georgia. Champions are a select group of Georgia leaders who commit to a year of civic engagement to strengthen community awareness, support effective programs, and bring diverse perspectives and partners to the table around out-of-school time programming.

The program provides regular offerings for professional development, leadership, and networking. During their participation, Champions develop an advocacy action plan, followed by the implementation of advocacy events with the support of a stipend. Champions also receive complimentary registration to the 2026 Georgia Afterschool & Youth Development Conference. Now more than ever, we need advocates to support programs that are serving the needs of youth, families, and their community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Become an Afterschool Community Champion

Please review the program calendar below. Please see the first Frequently Asked Question above for information on how and when to apply.

Afterschool Champions Alumni Network

GSAN is forming an Afterschool Community Champions Alumni Network.  All former Champions going back to 2018 can participate.  Members will determine specific focus areas for the Alumni Network.  Broad goals of the network encompass the following:  Provide opportunities for peer support, exchange, advocacy, training, networking, professional development, leadership development, peer support (giving or receiving), exposure to peer efforts and programs, interaction with policymakers, broadened perspectives, and identifying opportunities.

GSAN will support the alumni network through facilitating communications; identifying networking, mentoring, and professional development opportunities; providing a staff liaison; and seeking funding to underwrite network activities such as meetings, presentations, trainings, travel, materials, and conference registration/participation.

Watch this space for future developments and updates on the Alumni Network.

2023 - 2024 Afterschool Community Champions Class

Afterschool Community Champions Alumni