Co-sponsored by the All Stars Project of Chicago and the newly formed Institute for the Study of Play, the conference brought together 125+ educators, researchers and youth development leaders.
The Institute for the Study of Play is a national All Stars “initiative in progress” spearheaded by VP Bonny Gildin and Lobman.
Conference headliners Mary Ellen Caron, CEO of After School Matters, Lenora Fulani, All Stars Co-Founder, and Gabrielle Kurlander, All Stars President and CEO, discussed the role of innovative Afterschool in supporting young people’s development.
Northwestern University’s E. Patrick Johnson (left) and Erickson Institute’s Robert Halpern (second from right) joined Lobman (second from left) and Gildin (right) to lead a panel discussion on Afterschool research. Says Lobman:
…there is growing evidence that [schooling] has been a catastrophic failure for our poorest communities…
Afterschool has always been an afterthought…yet it’s transforming the lives of young people…. not through remediation, but by giving them opportunities to be creative, to be part of an ensemble and to connect to a wider world…READ MORE