Charlotte Next is excited to offer the 2017-2018 OST professional development series

Leading to Change Calling ALL afterschool and summer school program providers. Charlotte Next is excited to offer the 2017-2018 OST professional development series. These sessions were created based on your feedback to help support your organization.

Leading To Change, a national training organization will lead all of our sessions. Each session costs $30 per person to attend. Sessions will be held from 9:00am – 11:00am at Grier Heights Community Center, 3100 Leroy Street, Charlotte, NC 28205.  Please see below for the full schedule:

September 6th, 2017
25 TOOLS IN 120 MINUTES:  Music, Media, and Micro-Funding For Your Program
Description: Get ready for a LIGHTNING round of proven tools and strategies to raise your youth engagement game. We’ll cover the BEST of technology, media, program design, and even micro funding sources. You’ll leave with your head spinning, a handout of resources, and NEW ideas to take back to your program!

October 11th, 2017
WRANGLING CATS:  Engaging & Retaining Your Volunteer Base
Description: WHAT IF your volunteers came to your agency with a new sense of purpose?  WHAT IF your volunteers came from a different part of the community than you’ve always accessed?  And WHAT IF your volunteers returned back to you… again and again?  Don’t miss this example filled training to learn five different models of volunteer engagement…and connections to your agency.

January 17, 2018
GOT PARENTS:  Engaging CareTakers Beyond The Car Pool
Description: If it takes a village to raise the child, how do you get the villagers to partner with you beyond permission slips and carpool pickup? Don’t miss this FAST, FUN, and tool and example filled workshop to showcase six different strategies and approaches to effectively attract and engage parents and caretakers!

March 14th, 2018
EXPANDING YOUR SANDBOX:  Collaboration For Organizational Success
Description: Who’s in YOUR network?  Who’s NOT?  More importantly, where are the connections that you have built to keep your organization moving forward.  Don’t miss this critically informative and interactive training to identify the stakeholders you need to connect with, and the CODESWITCHING language that you can use to improve your collaborative efforts.

May 9th, 2017
Description: Program providers will deliver key learnings from the PD sessions and share how they plan to implement select tools and strategies moving forward.

In addition to these sessions, we are excited to offer additional incentives. Programs that attend ALL FIVE sessions will receive the following:

  • $1,000 of seed funding to advance ideas learned in the PD sessions
  • Recognition on OST Locator
  • Certificate of completion
  • Access to exclusive PD resources and materials
  • Additional support and capacity building

Note: These sessions are directly developed for 501(c)(3) afterschool and summer school program providers.

Please reach out to Rashaan Peek,, with any questions. We look forward to seeing you!


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