The idea that the people who work in afterschool programs are babysitters hit close to home when I was recently asked how I continue to make a living being a 'babysitter'. I realized that I was being an obscure professional and I was doing an injustice to myself, my staff and all of the professionals who dedicate their careers to providing kids around the world with an engaging, safe environment after the school day ends.
I was recently asked to speak to a group of afterschool professionals at a conference and immediately knew what my topic was going to be, “Not a Babysitter”! As I started planning and writing, my passion for the topic started to grow. I reached out to my friend and colleague and proposed the idea of this movement that would focus on the afterschool professional and the need for an inspirational home base.
I have searched for a book or website that is truly dedicated to the afterschool professional and could not find one. I wanted one that allowed its audience to be heard. Don’t get me wrong, there are great organizations that promote afterschool programs and offer resources, but not necessarily an outlet for communication and discussions about the things we all face when working in the afterschool world. Don’t get me wrong, there are great organizations that promote afterschool programs and offer resources, but not necessarily an outlet for communication and discussion that we all face when working in the afterschool world.
My goals for this website and its content is to provide afterschool professionals a place to find inspiration, resources, and the opportunity to communicate and share with other professionals.
Please submit topics, questions, success stories to us so we can share. This will start the conversations and hopefully the inspiration and help that we all seek.
Thank you for your time and commitment to our kids!
Talk later! Greg