WASHINGTON, D.C., February 7, 2024 – The National AfterSchool Association (NAA), the voice of the afterschool profession and lead organization for the advancement of afterschool professionals and leaders, has selected Sam Barnett, our Associate Director of Advocacy, as one of NAA’s 2024 Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders.
In selecting its 2024 Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders, the National AfterSchool Association sought to highlight emerging young leaders who are active in the broader afterschool community, demonstrate contributions that have started to influence beyond individual programs to entire organizations and communities, are actively engaged in efforts to elevate the afterschool field, have a proven passion for development of themselves and others, and demonstrate persistence in their work to grow as leaders. Honorees will be profiled in the upcoming Spring 2024 issue of NAA’s AfterSchool Today magazine. View a digital edition of the magazine here this March.
“At the National AfterSchool Association, we understand the connection between program quality and positive youth outcomes — a connection that can only be facilitated by strong leadership and a thriving workforce,” said Gina Warner, Chief Executive Officer of NAA. “We look forward to seeing how these emerging leaders make their mark on their organizations and the broader afterschool profession.”
An estimated 7.8 million young people participate in afterschool programs each year and the industry employs an estimated 850,000 professionals and leaders. The National AfterSchool Association is the professional membership association that fosters positive youth outcomes by supporting, developing, and advocating for afterschool professionals and leaders.