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Afterschool Network Partnerships

LIFTOFF proudly partners with Statewide Afterschool Networks. LIFTOFF contributes to their collective mission of building partnerships and policies that are committed to the development and sustainability of quality afterschool programs.

These partnerships — funded through the support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation — are focused on actively engaging key decision makers in support of school-linked afterschool programs, particularly in underserved communities. Currently 39 statewide afterschool networks are funded to coordinate and influence the systems that support the success of children and young people. Find out more about Afterschool Networks at www.statewideafterschoolnetworks.net/

The following Midwestern Afterschool Networks are actively engaged in LIFTOFF’s efforts to elevate the levels of science in afterschool programs. Contact the Network Lead in your state to participate.


Debbie Zipes
[email protected]
317-920-0181

Missouri AfterSchool Network
Terri Foulkes
[email protected]
573-884-2936


Michelle Rich
[email protected]
515-243-2000

Nebraska Community Learning Center Network
Jeff Cole
[email protected]
402-477-6422


Marcia Dvorak
[email protected]
785-864-9665

Ohio Afterschool Network
Liz Nusken
[email protected]
614-396-5959

Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance
Phyllis Elder
[email protected]
502-607-8900

Oklahoma Afterschool Network
Sheryl Lovelady [email protected]
405-601-9560

Michigan After-School Partnership
Mary Sutton
[email protected]
517-371-4360

LIFTOFF Project Director
Jeff Buehler
[email protected]
573-882-1564