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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.

Its Vision

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.

Its Goals

  • 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

Quality Recommendations

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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    GRASA News and Reports

    DECEMBER 2014: Initial findings from a RAND report for the Wallace Foundation indicate that summer learning programs in Rochester and four other urban school district appear to aid student success. 

    JULY 2014: GRASA engaged more than 200 community voices to inform the selection of youth-level outcomes for out-of-school-time programs in Monroe County. Click here to learn the outcomes our community has identified. 

    GRASA then compared local outcomes to those in use nationally and identified outcome measurements and tools. GRASA has selected the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment to measure the social and emotional health of youth in out-of-school-time programs. Learn more by reading our recommendations.

    GRASA and other after-school advocates laud Gov. Cuomo's proposal  for increased funding for after-school programs.

    Quality Working Group report  outlines standards for out-of-school time, which were approved by GRASA in December 2012.

    Rochester is highlighted 5 times in New York State Afterschool Network's 23-page report on The Role of Expanded Learning Opportunities in New York State School Reform.

    The 2011 Inventory of After-School Providers for Monroe County  looks at the availability and types of programs in our community.

    The 2011 report (above) updated information collected on after-school providers in 2007 by The Children's Agenda.

    The 184-page report, "Municipal Leadership for Afterschool: Citywide Approaches Spreading Across the Country," highlights Rochester and 26 other cities for their successes in developing quality after-school and out-of-school time programs.

    Read more about the Children’s Institute’s assessment of the quality of after-school programs using High/Scope’s Youth Program Quality Assessment tool and other important research.

    GRASA History

    Find out how the Greater Rochester After-School Alliance  was started and what it has accomplished since its inception.