Our staff recently had the opportunity to attend the Georgia Afterschool & Youth Development Conference in Athens, GA. There, we attended panels and workshops on a range of topics, from organizational strategy to STEM learning and mental health.
It was Program Coordinator Gabe Hurlock’s first time attending the conference. “From the inspirational guest speakers to the diverse catalog of relevant and engaging workshops, I was beyond excited to see what could be implemented into our program,” she said. “I’ve even used activities from the ‘Movement in STEM’ workshop, where the students get to move and Math at the same time. I can’t wait to attend next year!”
Dana Matthias appreciated being able to network with colleagues and exchange ideas. “The sessions were also extremely helpful as the information given was applicable and useful for all aspects of running programming,” Dana said. “From planning community events, building rapport with team members, partner organizations, as well as the youth we serve.”
Director of Programs Faith Porter enjoyed learning from experts in their different fields, but also appreciated being able to engage with her own team and find inspiration outside of the office.
RE has been empowering youth in crisis for 27 years now, and we are constantly humbled by how much there still is to learn. Each new year brings a new set of circumstances—new challenges as well as opportunities. By constantly investing in our education, we ensure that we are able to meet the moment and offer our students the support that they need and deserve.
We’re so grateful to the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network for their programming, as well as the BOOST grant that they awarded us earlier this year. They are a true partner when it comes to raising expectations on Atlanta’s westside.