Creating Opportunities for Young People: Statewide After-School Networks


  • Terri Ferinde Collaborative Communications



networks, after-school, policy, funding, innovation


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress made a once-in-a-generation investment in after-school and summer learning programs with the potential to provide supports and opportunities for children and youth across America. At the same time, after 2 decades of development, networks in all 50 states were poised to advise and support the investment in innovative quality programs. This thought leader piece explores impact of the statewide after-school networks, funded in part by the Charles Stewart Mott foundation, and how they increase access for millions of children and youth in quality after-school and summer learning programs. The piece makes the case for increased recognition of the role of statewide after-school networks and increased collaboration between network leaders and researchers interested in positive youth development.

Author Biography

Terri Ferinde, Collaborative Communications


Terri Ferinde, Collaborative Communications

Throughout her career, Terri has created and led solutions and systems that build capacity in networks, foundations, nonprofits, and education organizations that address inequity and help children and youth learn and thrive. For two decades, she has been a leader in supporting the 50 State Afterschool Network, comprised of state-level coalitions working to increase access and opportunity for young people in quality afterschool and summer learning programs.

Terri is a partner at Collaborative Communications where she develops innovative solutions with measurable results and lasting impact. She combines deep expertise in education, out-of-school time learning, and youth development with recognized skills in media and engagement, organizational learning, events, and digital solutions. 

Terri is currently a doctoral candidate in leadership and learning in organizations at Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. She holds a bachelor’s degree from American University and a master’s degree in public administration from George Mason University. Terri has been recognized by the National AfterSchool Association as one of the top 25 most influential leaders in afterschool nationwide.


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