In July 2021, Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) partnered with the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network (GSAN) to establish the Building Opportunities in Out-of-School Time (BOOST) grants program, funded through the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. BOOST is a competitive grant program developed to distribute approximately $85 million over three years to Georgia’s communities to expand access to and bolster the quality of summer enrichment opportunities and comprehensive afterschool programming for K-12 youth statewide. After just one year, BOOST has already demonstrated an impressive impact. BOOST grantees included 101 community organizations and four statewide organizations that operated 1,640 academic year sites and 642 summer program sites that spanned 87 of the state’s 159 counties. These sites served 72,551 young people during the 2021-22 academic year and 78,831 young people during the summer of 2022, more than two-thirds of whom were eligible for free- or reduced-price meals—well above the statewide rate of 54% of students. Additional priority populations for BOOST include youth with disabilities, youth experiencing homelessness, youth in foster care, English language learners, and migratory youth. (author abstract)
Georgia’s Building Opportunities in Out-of-School Time (BOOST) Grants Program: Year 1 implementation report
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