FORT HALL, Idaho (KIFI) – The Idaho Out of School Network met Friday with hundreds of educators from across the state.
Many leaders and speakers want to ensure that children have unrestricted access to programs that can help them thrive outside of school.
“Children spend 80% of their waking hours and time away from school, so it is very important that we all have the skills, knowledge and capacity to support these young people in these programs. So we bring together non-traditional educators to really network and collaborate with each other and learn about different programs that can best serve youth in their programs,” said Anna Almerico, director of the Idaho Out of School Network.
Topics focused on how after-school care, transportation and extracurricular activities can help students in their daily lives.
Many shared their own past experiences of competing in athletics.
“While playing sports, I had a lot of adults around me and that helped me interact with them. And I think one of the things we need to do better is interact with our young people and ‘to help our young people understand that it’s okay to talk to adults and it’s okay to confide in adults,’ said Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad.
STEM programs and supplemental tutoring are other great after-school programs.
A local high school girl remembers her own great-grandmother needing something more to learn than some of her classes were trying to teach.
“Although she suffered from things in boarding school, which she never talked about, she used her hands to heal, which I think is important, which is why I like to decolonize education by bringing more kinesthetic learning, because with our teachings there is so much more behind it,” said Teagan Larkin at Sho-ban High School.
Network organizers are working to get this information out to school districts over the next few weeks.