Program Overview

Offered in partnership with the Charles S. Mott Foundation, the 10-month learning experience is grounded in deep discussion and led by policy change-makers. Fellows work closely with their afterschool networks and network leads to build capacity, ensure statewide connectivity, and assist in advancing the public interest policy agenda of the network. The fellowship is named for William S. White, Richard W. Riley, and Terry K. Peterson, all of whom have been instrumental in the growth of afterschool and summer learning programs and policies.

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Discover Our Fellows' Impact


Cody Buchanan

Cody Buchanan of Colorado, hired the Department of Education’s first Youth Engagement Specialist, a position created through his efforts.

Leslye Lugo

Leslye Lugo of California is working to have the out-of-school-time workforce gain visibility as a profession by having their own Standardized Occupational Code by 2028.

Roy Fowler

Roy Fowler of Maine introduced financial incentives for afterschool programs that agreed to participate in Maine’s Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP), become fully licensed, and participate in mandated technical assistance.

Gabby Schwartz

Gabby Schwartz of New York is in the process of aligning both New York state-funded afterschool programs (Empire State After-School and Advantage After School).

The Fellowship Firsthand

Hear from Dr. Sheronda Witter

“The fellowship’s significance lies in bringing together passionate cohort members serving in out-of-school time across the nation. The fellowship provides every fellow with additional tools for their toolbox, regardless of their role within the field [of afterschool and summer learning]. Simply put, the fellowship enhances the advocacy skills of individuals who already possess immense passion and an unwavering commitment to the field.”

Fellowship At A Glance

  • 12
    to date
  • 192
    have participated
  • All 50
    represented in program
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