At the July 21st 2000 Community Advancement Network (CAN) and Community Justice Council Public Safety Planning Retreat, children’s Out-of-School Time was identified as a critical issue in Travis County. After this retreat, interested individuals came together and the Central Texas Afterschool Network (CTAN) was formed. We organized around four main issues: accessibility, affordability, equity, and quality in Out-of-School programs for the youth of Travis County. In order to broaden the base of support and bring more stakeholders to the collaboration, CTAN hosted “2001 Summit: A Meeting of the Minds.”
The Summit was extremely successful and brought over 100 people from 52 different organizations together to discuss the issue of Out-of-School programs. The energy and excitement generated at the CTAN summit resulted in the commitment of more than 60 volunteers willing to serve on one of four work groups addressing accessibility, affordability, equity, and quality. A steering committee was also formed to guide and monitor the progress of these work groups.
Shirlene Justice, Founding Member
Shirlene Justice has over seventeen years experience managing afterschool programs. She recently retired from serving as the Project Administrator for the Austin Independent School district’s 21st Century Grant program where over 6,000 young people are served in twenty-five schools. Shirlene started her career in education as a volunteer parent in the Austin school system. She taught middle school before returning to school to get her Masters of Public Affairs with a focus on Education Policy. She worked as a coordinator of Adult Education when the National Community Education Association recognized her program as the Outstanding Multicultural Leadership Program in 2003. Shirlene was a 2006 YWCA Woman of the Year recipient in Education. In 2008, The Central Texas Afterschool Network honored Shirlene by presenting her with the Legacy Leadership award to recognize her work in promoting high quality afterschool programs and building collaborative partnerships. Shirlene is a founding member of the Central Texas Afterschool Network (CTAN) and the Texas Partnership for Out of School Time where she serves as board president.