Maryland Out of School Time Network Seeks Business Partners
to Serve as Ambassadors for the MY3PM Campaign
Contact Laura Riggs: 410.978.9174
BALTIMORE, MD – Maryland Out of School Time Network (MOST) is looking for business partners to serve as Ambassadors among business and legislative communities to amplify the effort of its Maryland Youth at 3PM (MY3PM) Campaign.
Ambassadors will add their brand to the list of supporting companies presented to policy makers and to the public at large as well as join other business partners and state policy makers at the MY3PM Summit during the annual MOST conference to collaborate on solutions to the challenges facing businesses and working parents related to Maryland’s need for more and better after school programs.
About the MY3PM Campaign
State funding of the Maryland Afterschool and Summer Opportunity Fund (MASOF) was cut in 2009 resulting in fewer after school programs and a loss of opportunities for youth throughout the state. Maryland now has fewer out of school programs overall and ranks in the bottom 10 states nationwide in terms of the number of programs offered. In 2014, just 16% of Maryland’s students (K-12) participated in afterschool programs. However, research shows that 36% of children in Maryland would participate in afterschool programs if one were available. Afterschool programs keep kids safe, inspire them to learn, and help working families.
Maryland Youth at 3PM (MY3PM) is a public-facing campaign initiated by MOST Network to raise awareness of the unmet demand for more and better after school programs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. among business owners, executives, and working parents across Maryland. Businesses have the ability to directly influence employee satisfaction and productivity by becoming Ambassadors for the MY3PM campaign. Benefits of enhancing and expanding afterschool programs for business executives include reduced anxiety among working parents, reduced distracting phone calls and texts from unsupervised children to working parents in the office, and increased employee engagement, productivity, and wellness. Afterschool programs also help students set higher educational aspirations for themselves and build the skills they will need to succeed in tomorrow’s workforce, and therefore continue to benefit employers beyond the short-term.
In 2014, 87% of parents were satisfied with their child’s afterschool program, 64% agreed that afterschool programs gave working parents peace of mind, and 69% agreed that afterschool programs help working parents keep their jobs.
Maryland based businesses interested in serving as a MY3PM Ambassador by partnering with MOST Network can contact Tammy Shay (firstname.lastname@example.org |410-625-7976 ext.114) for more information, or visit http://mdoutofschooltime.org/my3pm/business_partners
About MOST Network
MOST is a non-profit statewide youth development organization, dedicated to bringing more and better opportunities in the out of school hours to all of Maryland's young people. MOST is one of 50 statewide afterschool networks made possible by the generous support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and local matching investment. MOST's goals include:
- Create a sustainable structure of school community partnerships that focus on supporting policy development at all levels
- Support the development and growth of statewide policies that will secure the resources needed to sustain new and existing school-based/school-linked after school programs
- Support statewide systems to ensure programs are of high quality
- Build a systemic infrastructure statewide (sySTEM) that increases access to high quality STEM programs in the out-of-school hours for students under-represented in STEM higher education programs and careers
- Combat childhood obesity, childhood hunger and other chronic health problems through a broad based campaign to support out-of-school time (OST) programs in adopting and implementing national best practices around food access, increased physical activity and nutrition education.