Bridging the Gap Between Afterschool and Workforce

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Employability skills like communication and critical thinking are among the most desired by employers, but evidence suggests a gap in those skills among young workers. To address this gap, the afterschool sector is finding ways to provide high quality skill-building experiences outside of the classroom to create stronger connections to the labor market.

This webinar focused on two new papers: Afterschool and Workforce: Opportunities for System-Level Alignment, released by the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) and Building Workforce Skills in Afterschool, released by Afterschool Alliance. Both publications examine how afterschool and summer learning can help more youth develop the competencies desired by employers.

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Presenter Biographies

Dr. Carl Dasse
Assistant Director of Research and Planning
Children’s Services Council of Broward County, Florida
Twitter: @CSCBroward

Carl Dasse has worked for the Children’s Services Council of Broward County (CSC) four eight years, where he serves as the Administrator responsible for the agencies programs designed to help promise youth graduate high school and achieve their post-secondary aspiration. He earned his Doctorate Degree in Political Science from Florida State University, and worked for the Florida House of Representatives for three years before managing several grants programs for the Broward County Public Schools. Dr. Dasse has been the lead author and administrator implementing dozens of federal and state grants, including CSC’s federal Performance Partnership Grant that funds the Best Opportunities to Shine and Succeed Program. This program blends and braids multiple federal funding streams, while simultaneously employing four administrative waivers, allowing CSC to accurately address the hurdles to graduation for 420 promise youth and partial fund the development of our Integrated Data System (IDS). Dr. Dasse is currently working on: (1) developing CSC’s IDS so that it will incorporate a Community Participatory Action Research methodology to ensure a client feed loop; (2) creating CSC’s first formal two generational service delivery model designed to address the graduation rates of promise youth and their families’ financial wellbeing; and (3) helps coordinate CSC’s strategic planning efforts for special needs children and their families in Broward County.

Carinne Deeds
Co-Author, Afterschool and Workforce: Opportunities for System-level Alignment
Director, 2-Gen/Financial Stability at United Way for Greater Austin
Twitter: @CarinneDeeds

Carinne Deeds directs the United Way for Greater Austin’s efforts to promote social and economic opportunity for Austin families. This includes serving as the backbone leader for the development of Travis County’s first 2-Gen strategic plan, and overseeing the organization’s 2-Gen funding portfolio. Previously, Carinne served as a Senior Policy Associate at American Youth Policy Forum in Washington, DC, where she developed learning events, products, and policy and practice guidance to inform the development and implementation of policies that affect young people. Her areas of expertise in this role included accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act, social and emotional learning (SEL), employability and college and career readiness, out-of-school time systems, alternative education, and strategies for opportunity youth. Before joining AYPF, Carinne served as the Bryna and Henry David Fellow at the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources. She has also developed and implemented educational programming for various nonprofits and afterschool programs in the U.S. and West Africa. Prior to her work with nonprofits, Carinne was a kindergarten English teacher in Bangkok, Thailand and an ESL instructor in Austin, Texas. Carinne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Public Affairs degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at UT Austin.

Hayley Tompkins, M.Ed.
Program Executive
Minneapolis Beacons Network
Twitter: @BeaconsMPLS

Hayley Tompkins is committed to creating positive experiences for young people through her work at the Minneapolis Beacons Network. She began her career at Beacons as a youth worker, and rose up the ladder to her current position, which focuses on capacity building at of youth organizations and schools at the city-wide level. At a regional level, Hayley leads efforts to connect youth workers to professional development and promote data-driven continuous improvement across the field.


Nikki Yamashiro
Director of Research
Afterschool Alliance
Twitter: @afterschool4all

Nikki Yamashiro, is the Director of Research at the Afterschool Alliance, a national organization working to ensure that all youth have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs through coalition building, policy, research, and communications. Her work focuses on coordinating and implementing annual research activities, designing surveys on pressing issues in the afterschool field, and analyzing research findings to communicate the need for and impact of afterschool programs to policy makers, afterschool providers, advocates, and the public. Prior to joining the Afterschool Alliance, Nikki served in a variety of research capacities, including as Policy Advisor at Third Way, where she handled a wide range of domestic policy issues such as juvenile justice, and as legislative assistant to former Rep. Hilda L. Solis, where she handled education and youth issues. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the University of California, San Diego, and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy.

The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC, provides learning opportunities for policy leaders, practitioners, and researchers working on youth and education issues at the national, state, and local levels. AYPF’s events and policy reports are made possible by the support of a consortium of philanthropic foundations. For a complete list, click here.

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