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The Trailblazer Series
Continuous learning for the OST professional

The Trailblazer Series is our ongoing professional development training series, which provides an in-depth learning opportunity for participants to build knowledge on a specific topic with colleagues and grow in the practice of serving youth. For each topic in the series there are live virtual sessions to engage with content experts and analyze best practices, combined with guides in between sessions for reflection on and analysis of personal practice.

Past topics include: Fundraising & Fund Management, Social Emotional Learning, Leadership That Builds a Healthy Culture, Effective Practices for Compensation and Organizational Culture, and Building Literacy Through Games


Trailblazers sessions can provide:

  • Professional growth in relevant areas of development
  • Connection and fellowship with afterschool colleagues
  • Time to try out new strategies and receive expert feedback
  • Continued support from IAN after the series concludes
The Trailblazer Series
Upcoming Webinars

Date: December 7, 2023
Time: 12:00 PM ET

By design, out-of-school time providers have natural barriers to family engagement. Parents who rely on the care that your program provides may not be eager to participate in the traditional family engagement activities that many schools and community organizations use. But research tells us, if you prioritize the relationship with parents, your participants will have better outcomes in and out of school.

This workshop is designed to empower afterschool program leaders, educators, and coordinators to implement research-backed strategies for enhancing family involvement in out-of-school time programs.

Discover the latest data points highlighting the critical role of family engagement in after-school, summer enrichment, and tutoring initiatives. Dive into key topics, such as fostering effective communication channels, creating inclusive environments, and leveraging technology to bridge the gap between families and programs. Elevate your program’s impact by building strong connections with families and strengthening your community.