Christian Kibler, program coordinator of the Burnsville Youth Collaborative, has been selected to serve as a 2015-16 Afterschool Ambassador for the Afterschool Alliance, a national organization.
He is one of just 13 leaders from 12 states to be chosen for the honor this year.
Each Afterschool Ambassador will continue directing or supporting a local after-school program while also serving the one-year Afterschool Ambassador term, organizing public events, communicating with policy makers, and building support for after-school programs.
“I’m excited to have this chance to help increase support for after-school and expanded learning programs, which give students opportunities to explore their interests and passions,” said Kibler. “High quality after-school programs are critical to students’ success in school, to their safety, to working families, and to the nation’s workforce and its economy.”
The Burnsville Youth Collaborative (BYC) is a partnership between Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, the city of Burnsville, and the Minnesota Valley YMCA. These organizations have used their separate resources to create a new and exciting afterschool initiative in Burnsville.
Kibler and the BYC have served more than 150 middle-school age students in Burnsville schools since the program started in November 2014. The BYC exists to provide leadership for local organizations to partner with young people to develop, empower, and prepare them for success.
“In Minnesota and around the country, quality afterschool programs are keeping students safe, inspiring them to learn and helping working families,” said Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant. “In afterschool programs, young people are engaged in fun, creative, educational activities. As an Afterschool Ambassador, Mr. Kibler will bring great energy to the work of building even stronger support for afterschool programs among parents, business and community leaders, lawmakers and others. I look forward to working with him this year.”
Each Ambassador will organize a major event for “Lights On Afterschool,” the Afterschool Alliance’s 15th annual nationwide series of rallies for after-school programming, to be held on Oct. 23 this year. Last year, 1 million people participated in approximately 8,000 Lights On Afterschool events across the United States and at U.S. military bases worldwide.
For more information, go to www.afterschoolalliance.org.