Jordan selected as one of 12 Ambassadors
Andrew Jordan, the program director of the Missouri River Educational Cooperative Extended School Program based in Mandan, has been selected to serve as a 2012-13 Afterschool Ambassador. He is one of just 12 local leaders from across the country to be chosen for the honor this year.
Each Afterschool Ambassador will continue directing or supporting a local afterschool program while also serving the one-year Afterschool Ambassador term organizing public events, communicating with policy makers, and building support for afterschool programs.
“I am delighted to have this chance to help increase support for afterschool programs, which give students opportunities to explore their interests and give parents the security that comes with knowing that their children are safe and supervised, with engaging, educational activities after the school day ends,” said Jordan. “Afterschool programs are critical to students’ success in school, to families trying to survive in this economy, and to America’s workforce in the future. We need to strengthen the afterschool programs we have and ensure that there is a program for every child who needs one.”
The Missouri River Educational Cooperative Extended School Program serves more than 1,000 students in Mandan, Bismarck and the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. The program has operated under a 21st Century Community Learning Center’s grant for the last five years. Its main focus is helping students with homework, small group tutoring, and academic enrichment activities.
Each Ambassador will organize a major event for Lights On Afterschool, the Afterschool Alliance’s 13th annual national rally for afterschool, to be held on Oct. 18 this year. Last year, a million people participated in some 7,500 Lights On Afterschool events across the United States and at U.S. military bases worldwide.
Afterschool programs are under intense pressure. The Afterschool Alliance’s Uncertain Times survey project found that nearly two in five afterschool programs report that their budgets are in worse shape today than at the height of the recession in 2008. More than three in five, 62 percent, of afterschool programs report that their funding is down “a little or a lot” from three years ago.