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Virtual Schools, Online Education

Afterschool Directory offers 1450+ programs

An updated and expanded AZ Afterschool Directory, a free online directory with more than 1450 out-of-school time programs, launches the week of April 30.  The state’s only directory searchable in both English and Spanish offers information about location, services, ages of youth served and other criteria through a map-based interface.

“New technology makes the updated directory even easier to search and we have expanded content to make it more comprehensive,” said Melanie McClintock, executive director, Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence.  “With summer vacation approaching, parents have access to a huge range of information to help with their decision-making.”

McClintock said that the launch of the expanded directory will be promoted through promotional materials in library branches statewide and radio ads.

Research has clearly shown that keeping children and youth engaged during the summer has significant impact on their ability to retain what they learned during the school year.   Arizona was recently ranked a Top 10 State for Afterschool by the Afterschool Alliance based on the largest national household survey ever conducted to gauge parent satisfaction and support for out-of-school time programs.

“The summer months are critically important for parents who want to ensure their children are safe and are involved in quality programs offering activities that are engaging, enriching and that build skills for success in school and in life,” McClintock said.  “Through our “Make it Count! Pledge and the tools we provide for quality assessments and standards for out-of-school time programs statewide, the AZ Afterschool Directory is really the go-to resource to provide parents with peace of mind about the programs their children are participating in.”

The Afterschool Alliance’s America After 3PM survey revealed that 178,554 children in Arizona, or 16 percent of all K-12 youth statewide, participate in an afterschool program, but that 318,223 would be enrolled if a program was available to them.

“What sets Arizona apart is the very high level of parent satisfaction in afterschool programs and their understanding of the value of these programs for their kids,” McClintock said.

For more information, visit www.azafterschool.org.

Vince Roig 02.2011

Helios Founding Chair Named 2013 Afterschool Champion

Education advocate and founding chairman of the Helios Education Foundation, Vince Roig, has been named the 2013 Afterschool Champion by the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE).

Roig will receive the award on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the 12th Annual Arizona Statewide Afterschool Conference & Awards of Excellence Luncheon at the Phoenix Convention Center, North Building Ballroom, in downtown Phoenix.  Also at the luncheon, innovative afterschool programs and staff from around the state will be recognized for their exemplary work in delivering quality youth development programs.

Roig joins an impressive list of past honorees that includes former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Lattie Coor, Eddie Basha and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.

“Vince Roig’s entire career has been focused on and dedicated to education,” said Melanie McClintock, executive director, Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence.  “His efforts have touched the lives of students at every level of the educational spectrum.”

Roig holds both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in secondary education.  He founded Helios Education Foundation, the largest nonprofit organization serving Arizona and Florida focused solely on education, in 2004.  The Foundation has invested millions of dollars in education-related programs and initiatives in three impact areas:  Early Childhood Education, the Transition Years  and Postsecondary Scholarships.

Before founding Helios, Roig was president and chief executive officer of Southwest Student Services Corporation, a full-service provider of student loan products and services. He serves or has served on the boards of numerous organizations including: Teach for America National, Stand for Children National, Take Stock in Children, Greater Phoenix Leadership, Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board, Stand for Children Arizona Advisory Committee, Valley of the Sun United Way and the Phoenix Art Museum.  He also currently serves as chair of the board for the Arizona College Scholarship Foundation.

For information about the Statewide Afterschool Conference & Awards of Excellence Luncheon, including sponsorships opportunities, registration and individual tickets, visit http://azafterschool.org/Events/Awards-of-Excellence-Luncheon.aspx.