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Beth Wyant and Ron Gill are Northwest Community Action Center program coordinators, overseeing 21st Century Afterschool programs hosted in 15 schools in the Yakima Valley. Wyant was recently named an after-school ambassador by Afterschool Alliance, a national agency dedicated to promoting out-of-school opportunities for children.
As of Monday, September 28, 2015
TOPPENISH – Prosser native Beth Wyant has been named as an “Afterschool Ambassador” by the national Afterschool Alliance, a position that fits quite well with her job as the Northwest Community Action Center program coordinator. After all, the NCAC is the sponsoring agency for the area’s 21st Century after-school program.
As an afterschool Ambassador for the coming year, Wyant said she will help organize public events that build support for after-school programs. She will also work with policy makers on the ongoing need for the mentoring and educational enhancement benefits of such programs. The 21st Century Afterschool program is offered in 15 schools throughout the Lower Valley, she said.
“I’m excited to be a part of the Afterschool Alliance’s work to increases resources for after-school programs, here and across the country,” Wyant said.
Wyant, who joined the NCAC program this past April, is no stranger to mentoring children.
She worked at Prosser’s Falls Alterative High School, and was a family advocate for a number of non-profit agencies in the Southwest before returning to the Lower Valley.
“In my more than 15 years of working with young people, I’ve seen first-hand how after-school programs give students opportunities to explore their interests and discover their passions,” Wyant said.
As a local representative of the national Afterschool Alliance, Wyant will be taking her love of education and social services to a broader playing field.
As one of 15 educational leaders from across the county, Wyant will be directing and supporting local after-school programs, as well as organizing public events.
Her first public event is designed to acquaint area policy makers and the media about area after-school programs.
A “Lights On Afterschool” rally will be held Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Liberty Theater in Toppenish. Wyant said the event will include a bus tour of various 21st Century Afterschool locations in the area, as well as provide a brief presentation by keynote speaker and educator Consuelo Soto Murphy.
Wyant said the three-hour rally will invite business partners, state and federal policy makers and school administrators to see the impact of after-school programs on children, up close and personal.
Wyant said she looks forward to helping raise awareness about the growing need for out of school opportunities for all children and youth.