By advocating for policies that strengthen afterschool programming and helping local programs build their capacity to provide high-quality activities and experiences to youth, the Iowa Afterschool Alliance supports afterschool programs at both a systemic and individual level.
The Iowa Afterschool Alliance views out-of-school time as the perfect environment for youth to engage with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) because of afterschool’s hands-on approach and informal nature. The IAA is part of the Active Learning Community Partners group, which provides STEM professional development to out-of-school time professionals across the state.
Staff of the IAA are certified observers in the Dimensions of Success framework, developed by the PEAR Institute at Harvard University to promote high-quality STEM activities in OST. We are available to help afterschool programs develop STEM activities according to this model. For more information about this tool, visit the PEAR Institute’s website: https://www.thepearinstitute.org/dimensions-of-success.