On April 14- 15th, Beyond School Bells hosted a national Out of School Time (OST) STEM systems building institute in Omaha. The 160 attendees were equally divided between teams from statewide afterschool networks and their partners from 22 states and a large Nebraska delegation, which included teams from eight Nebraska communities, state level partners and business and non-profit leaders.
Lt. Governor Foley welcomed the group to Nebraska and Mayor Stothert extended the welcome to Omaha, where the innovative OST STEM partnerships facilitated by Collective for Youth provided a backdrop for the day and a half schedule of presentations, site visits and workshops. The agenda also included a film festival featuring afterschool videos from across the country, including contributions from Nebraska. We envision the Institute serving to promote efforts to develop sustainable afterschool and summer STEM programs in communities across Nebraska and supporting efforts to raise the profile of this important work across the country.
This conference was made possible through support from our national partners, the C.S. Mott Foundation and Noyce Foundation, Omaha-based The Sherwood Foundation, as well as local partners at UN Extension, NE Loves PS and NET.