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Richard Scofield was the owner of School Age Notes in Nashville, TN. Because of his countless contributions to the field of afterschool and expanded learning, and to honor him, we began recognizing afterschool professionals with the Richard Scofield Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize and elevate an individual who has made a significant impact in the field.

Richard Scofield Recipients
2023- Latasha Battie

2022 – Dr. Lolita Cleveland

2021 – Paula Short

2020 – No Conference Held

2019- Susan Stanton


The IAN Jill Bradley Best Practice Program Award recognizes an After School and/or Youth Development Program from the state of Illinois. Jill Bradley (1950-2020), was an amazing champion and passionate voice for children and youth. This special award is recognized for exemplary program practices and innovative program practices and services.  Recognition is awarded annually to a program who exhibits exemplary program excellence, serving as a model for all after school and youth development programs. Jill was a past board member; 2012 recipient of the Rich Scofield Award and Chair of Steering for Chicago MOST and was a National Trainer with the National Institute on Out-of-School Time in which she facilitated Leadership Training for state agencies and programs for more than 15 years. Jill is a mother of two beautiful daughters, Ginneh and Allena and one granddaughter Nina. Although her passion, dedication and voice will be greatly missed, her countless contributions to the profession will live in our memories forever.


Best Practice Award Recipients
2023 – Carole Robertson Center for Learning, Chicago, IL

2022 – By the Hands Club for Kids – Moving Everest, Chicago, Illinois

2021 – Gary Comer Youth Center – Chicago, Illinois

2020 – No Conference Held

2019 – Boys and Girls Club of Southern Illinois, Carbondale, IL


The IAN Deb Nelson Board of Director’s Leadership Award is named in honor of Deborah Jolyn Wildrick Nelson who passed away in May of 2009, from complications in her battle with Lymphoma cancer at the age of 51. Deb was instrumental in the continued development of Illinois AfterSchool Network (IAN) during her terms as President of the Board of Directors from 1994 until 1997.
The IAN Deb Nelson Board of Director’s Leadership Award is awarded to a Board of Director, Member at Large or Regional Facilitator that goes beyond the call of duty in their specific region and serves as a role model to help expand services of afterschool and youth development throughout the state of Illinois.

Deb Nelson Award Recipient
2023 – Nichole Miller

2022 – Deborah Rogers-Jaye

2021 – Camille Harmon

2020 – No Conference Held

2019 – Stacie Ealey


National AfterSchool Association Next Generation Honorees

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 7, 2024 – The National AfterSchool Association (NAA), the voice of the afterschool profession and lead organization for the advancement of afterschool professionals and leaders, has selected Katelynne Girard and Arielle Lentz as two of NAA’s 2024 Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders.

In selecting its 2024 Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders, the National AfterSchool Association sought to highlight emerging young leaders who are active in the broader afterschool community, demonstrate contributions that have started to influence beyond individual programs to entire organizations and communities, are actively engaged in efforts to elevate the afterschool field, have a proven passion for development of themselves and others, and demonstrate persistence in their work to grow as leaders.



“At the National AfterSchool Association, we understand the connection between program quality and positive youth outcomes — a connection that can only be facilitated by strong leadership and a thriving workforce,” said Gina Warner, Chief Executive Officer of NAA. “We look forward to seeing how these emerging leaders make their mark on their organizations and the broader afterschool profession.”

An estimated 7.8 million young people participate in afterschool programs each year and the industry employs an estimated 850,000 professionals and leaders. The National AfterSchool Association is the professional membership association that fosters positive youth outcomes by supporting, developing, and advocating for afterschool professionals and leaders.


Janet Maruna
Dave Robisch
Linda Satterfield