National Afterschool Matters Fellowship Applications Now Open

April 19, 2017

Out-of-school time, education, and youth development professionals are invited to apply for the National Afterschool Matters (NASM) Fellowship, a two-year leadership development program.

NASMFcallApplicationsOut-of-school time, education, and youth development professionals are invited to apply for the National Afterschool Matters (NASM) Fellowship, a two-year leadership development program.

Out-of-school time, education, and youth development professionals in mid-career are invited to apply for the National Afterschool Matters (NASM) Fellowship, a two-year leadership development program that better positions them to inform and contribute to the quality of out-of-school-time programs, practice, and the broader field.

The NASM Fellowship, unique in its national reach and incorporation of technology for ongoing collaboration, is a collaboration of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College and the National Writing Project (NWP). It offers fellows the opportunity to become part of a professional learning community where they learn to reflect on, study, and assess their work to improve its quality and impact.

"We have been privileged over the past two years to be working with an enormously talented and enthusiastic group of fellows who have been honing their leadership, research, and critical thinking skills as related to out-of-school time," said Georgia Hall, Ph.D., NIOST senior research scientist. "We expect that each will continue to be a voice for building quality of out-of-school time experiences for children and youth in this country. Our hope is that the Fellowship has helped them find new energy and direction in their work through our shared experiences with reflection, inquiry, and writing."

Ian Hippensteele, a fellow from the first NASM cohort and extended day program coordinator for the Keillor Leadership Academy in San Diego, said the Fellowship was “a very helpful tool … to hone my research and writing skills. It has deepened my practitioner knowledge of the OST field, and the networking opportunities it has provided have been very valuable."

The two-year fellowship, supported by the Robert Bowne Foundation, includes:

  • A collaborative process of study, conversation, and engagement within a community of OST professionals in a shared investigation of OST practice, policy, and experiences;
  • Direct, hands-on inquiry-based research, learning, and writing, under the guidance of experienced mentors;
  • Leadership development, designing and delivering training/presentations for peers, administrators, parents, and community members;
  • Product preparation and writing for dissemination, such as briefing papers, workshops, curricula, and articles for professional publication;
  • Two retreats at Wellesley College, led by NIOST and NWP (travel stipend provided);
  • A participation stipend each year.

"Equal parts professional and personal development, the NASM Fellowship has been an incredible opportunity and the passion project I needed, both in my life and career,” reported Devan Blackwell, a 2015-2017 NASM fellow. “Over the past two years I have been encouraged, supported, and inspired by mentors and fellow practitioners all advocating for the future of the OST field. That said, this fellowship experience will most certainly enhance the work I do moving forward."

The Fellowship's first cohort started their work in the fall of 2015. The second cohort will begin in the fall of 2017. Applications are due May 31, 2017.

Visit to learn more and to apply.

For 38 years, the National Institute on Out-of-School Time has moved the afterschool field forward through its research, education and training, consultation, and field-building. Much of NIOST’s work has encompassed projects of national scope and influence, several representing “firsts” for the field and many focusing on building out-of-school time systems. NIOST's mission is to ensure that all children, youth, and families have access to high quality programs, activities, and opportunities and that these experiences are essential to the healthy development of children and youth, who then can become effective and capable members of society. Learn more at

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    "NIOST has been an anchor for numerous school age care projects we do, including ASQ (After-School Quality) and Links to Learning. They are a nationally respected organization that Pennsylvania has partnered with for over 20 years."

    – Betsy O. Saatman, TA Specialist/SAC Initiatives, Pennsylvania Key

    "NIOST was a core partner in supporting the development of quality improvement systems across the nine cities that participated in The Wallace Foundation Next Generation Afterschool System-Building Initiative. The NIOST team worked well with other technical assistance partners in the initiative, always willing to pitch in and collaborate with others to make our professional learning community meetings a team effort. I truly hope the Foundation has an opportunity to partner with them in the future."

    – Priscilla M. Little, Initiative Manager, The Wallace Foundation


    "NIOST has been a leader in the out-of-school time field for as long as I can remember, and I have relied on their research, tools, and advice to improve my practice throughout my career. Their staff members are good partners and good listeners, and their influence across the country is palpable."

    – Jane Quinn, Vice President and Director of National Center for Community Schools, Children's Aid Society

    "Georgia Hall, Ellen Gannett, and the NIOST team have been instrumental in driving the healthy afterschool movement. Their dedication to quality practice, informed policy, and collective impact is instrumental in our effort to create healthier communities."

    – Daniel W. Hatcher, Director, Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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