City's First Children & Youth Master Plan
The Children, Youth & Families Collaborative Commission developed the Children and Youth Master Plan as the basis for the coordination, alignment and delivery of effective services to all city children and youth from birth to 21 years-old and their families. Adopted by City Council on June 24, 2014 and by the ACPS School Board on May 17, 2014, the plan establishes long-term, community-wide priorities for youth as well as the specific action steps necessary to realize those priorities. The goals of the plan are to ensure that all children and youth are healthy and safe, academically and vocationally prepared, and socially and civically connected.
Development of the Children & Youth Master Plan
After a competitive bidding process, the Forum for Youth Investment was selected as the consultant to guide the children and youth master plan process. Thirty-five community leaders served on the Design Team, which led the development process for the youth master plan. Three community forums afforded residents of all ages and all walks of life the opportunity to share their thoughts on the content and priorities of the youth master plan. Forums were also held for students at Alexandria City Public Schools secondary schools. A companion document featuring the data that was the basis of the Children and Youth Master Plan was also published.
Plan and Related Documents
- Alexandria Children and Youth Well-Being Profile
- Children and Youth Master Plan Overview
- Approved Children and Youth Master Plan
- 2015 Legislative Support Agenda
Out of School Time Forum
Due to the complexity of stakeholders involved with Out of School Time Programs (OSTP) in Alexandria and in order to appropriately address the goals and strategies outlined within the Children and Youth Master Plan, the Alexandria City Council and School Board Joint Commission called for the development of a work group to address the City’s OSTP needs. The City OSTP Work Group consists of staff representatives from the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, Department of Community and Human Services, Alexandria City Public Schools, and The Campagna Center, reaching the largest segment of school age children and youth. After conducting a study of community OSTP resources, one of the recommendations of the work group is to coordinate, plan and implement an annual Out of School Time Forum designed to offer an ongoing platform for collaboration, professional development and the alignment of OSTP services citywide. The second annual forum was held on May 16, 2019. The presentation materials for the workshop sessions are provided below.
- Loving and Supporting our Young People: One
Caring Adult at a Time
Kwesi Rollins, Vice President for Leadership and Engagement
- STEMulation!: Incorporating STEM Projects into
Julia Neufer, Suzanne Futrell, Jennifer Lay, Erica Meili & Jaime Knight, ACPS Curriculum Specialists
- Youth Engagement: There's Levels to This
Kim Hurley & Lisette Torres, Alexandria DCHS Youth Development
- We are the Village: Family Engagement in
Krishna Leyva and Taneika Tukan, ACPS Office of School, Business and Community Partnerships