Press Release: MTAA Seeks New Steering Council Members

Montana Afterschool Alliance Seeks New Steering Council Members

BOZEMAN, MT.: August 26, 2015- The Montana Afterschool Alliance (MTAA), a newly formed organization to promote high quality afterschool and summer programming across the state, is seeking new members. Through building partnerships with schools, afterschool providers, community organizations, elected officials, and other stakeholders throughout Montana, MTAA wants to increase and enhance high quality out-of-school time opportunities for youth.  The Alliance currently has open Steering Council seats to be filled by out-of-school-time providers from central and western Montana as well as business and philanthropic leaders from throughout the state.  

“We need three additional council members to help us strengthen, connect, and expand afterschool programming across the state”, said Director Siobhan Gilmartin. “We know how vital these programs are to both kids and their families -- they keep youth safe during out-of-school time, and enhance academic and social development.”

Over the next several months, the Montana Afterschool Alliance will be conducting a statewide needs assessment, with support from the Department of Health and Human Services, to better understand the gaps and challenges throughout the state. The assessment will include meeting with afterschool providers, families, and community partners, as well as an online survey.   Needs assessment results will be released in 2016 and will help to inform MTAA on future policy to support working families and children. 

Individuals interested in serving on the Steering Committee or becoming involved with the Montana Afterschool Alliance are encouraged to contact the Director Siobhan Gilmartin, at siobhan@mtafterschoolalliance.org or (406) 587-6390 by October 1, 2015. Further information can also be found at www.mtafterschoolalliance.org.  

About the Montana Afterschool Alliance

The Montana Afterschool Alliance was established in 2014 and is supported by a three-year grant from the C.S. Mott Foundation with matching funding from other partners. The three goals of the Afterschool Alliance are to: improve quality, increase access, and increase sustainability of out-of-school-time programs across the state. The Greater Gallatin United Way, located in Bozeman, both houses and serves as the fiscal agent for the Montana Afterschool Alliance.