Greater Rochester After-School Alliance (GRASA)
The Greater Rochester After-School Alliance is a volunteer committee comprised of funders, policymakers, researchers, and after-school family and provider representatives.
GRASA's goal is to strengthen the quality, quantity, and accessibility of out-of-school-time programs in Monroe County for school-age youth through community collaboration.
This group, convened by Rochester Area Community Foundation and one of its initiatives, serves as:
- A central point for information on the needs and strengths of out-of-school-time programs;
- A community-wide, priority-setting body on issues relating to out-of-school-time programs; and
- A coordinator of responses to state and national funding opportunities.
Every school-aged child in our community (who chooses) will be participating in high quality, out-of-school-time programming. Our community will support this through:
- United community philosophy and approach;
- Increased stakeholder involvement;
- Sustained program funding and resources;
- Quality programs based on best practices and research; and
- Strengthened professionalism of youth work field.
- High quality out-of-school-time programs
- Leverage, coordinate, and advocate for accessibility, availability, and sustainability of high quality, out-of-school-time programs
- Ensure GRASA's effectiveness and efficacy
In order to achieve the goals of the 2011 GRASA strategic plan related to youth program quality, a Quality Working Group was formed in 2012. Eleven members of GRASA representing a variety of funders, researchers, advocates, and providers recommended a set of out-of-school-time program standards for endorsement in the community.
It is believed that this set of quality youth program standards provides a shared foundation and benchmarks for all youth programs and will help out-of-school-time providers communicate their values as well as hold themselves accountable for the programs they provide. Youth and families can use standards as a reference when observing a program for the first time or to help understand what to expect from a program in the long run. Quality standards also help educate the community about what high-quality programming involves and how it can be achieved. Standards are one component of a multi-component quality system that needs to be developed.
Click here to review the GRASA Quality Working Group’s recommendations to GRASA, which were adopted in December 2012.
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