Kecoughtan High School student is featured nationally in an afterschool video
Matthew Tucker, a Kecoughtan High School student, and Alternatives Youth Ambassadors and UthAct member, was recently featured nationally in an Afterschool Alliance video.
Tucker knows first-hand the value of participation in after school programs because of his involvement in programs provided by Hampton Parks and Recreation. While in Washington D.C., the Afterschool Alliance videotaped Tucker’s story and it is now being featured nationwide as part of the Alliance's campaign to increase both quality and accessibility of after school programs for all children. UthAct is a program of Alternatives, Inc. and is funded in part by the City of Hampton's Division of Youth, Children, and Families and by individual donations to Alternatives.
Karen Johnson, executive director for Alteratives Inc., said, “Tucker is a great ambassador and he is an excellent example of the benefits of a quality afterschool program for students.”
UthAct (Youth Achieving Change Together) is a small group of young people who have been advocating for quality afterschool programs as a way to bridge the academic achievement gap, as well as provide youth with opportunities to explore and discover their strengths and talents. As a group, they also serve as the Youth Ambassadors for the Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time (VPOST).
VPOST is a statewide network of providers and champions who believe in the power of afterschool and summer learning, and work to increase awareness while advocating for policy changes which support increased access, especially for economically disadvantaged children. Last June, Tucker and other UthAct members went to Washington D.C. to participate in the After School For All Challenge, where they met with U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott to discuss the need for federal funding for afterschool programs.
Here is the link to the video: Afterschool Gets Kids Excited About Learning
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