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).

What White-Riley-Peterson Fellows Are Saying

  • "It has been an eye-opening experience for me not only to be part of the fellowship but also to have the opportunity to meet so many people passionate about the rights of the children to have a place to go during out-of-school time. During the week together, I learned the essential tools needed to make changes in policy in general and in particular for afterschool programs."
  • "[The fellowship] has allowed me to form critical support networks among my fellowship colleagues across the country from Alaska to Alabama, interact with key state and national leaders, and receive valuable mentorship from major movers and shakers in the field. This is a truly unique experience in achieving great goals with fervor and loud, empowered voices."
  • "The intensive week-long workshop helped me to evaluate my work towards increasing funding for out-of-school time programs in South Dakota, gain new insights on how this work is being funded across the country, focus on realistic goals and draft a short and long-term course of action."

Fellowship At A Glance

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