Diversity Statement

The Illinois Afterschool Network (IAN) exists to empower afterschool professionals. We provide diversity minded professional development and networking opportunities. Championing inclusivity we encourage afterschool professionals to celebrate the uniqueness of their staff and the youth they serve.

Thus, the Illinois AfterSchool Network exists to bring people together, appreciating their uniqueness and individuality, to foster mutually beneficial relationships. The Illinois AfterSchool Network of providers  and organizations value the diversity of thought that those relationships bring. In our support of local and regional afterschool and youth development professionals and caregivers we leverage those relationships to create an array of professional growth opportunities that are diversity minded. We are committed to providing growth opportunities that are foundational to empowering those in the afterschool field to champion diversity and inclusion in their own organizations and among the youth and families they serve.