Jodi Grant & Barry Ford: October 16, 2019


New Report from Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Will Identify Hours During Which Most Juvenile Crime Occurs 

20th Annual National Rally for Afterschool Programs Will Be Thursday October 24th


Jodi Grant

Executive Director, Afterschool Alliance and

Barry D. Ford

President and CEO, Council for a Strong America


On October 16, a new report from the more than 5,000 sheriffs, police chiefs, and prosecutors of the organization Fight Crime: Invest in Kids will spotlight abundant, powerful research documenting positive outcomes for children and teens who participate in high quality afterschool programs. The report, being released in conjunction with Lights On Afterschool, shows that the hours immediately following school remain the “prime time for juvenile crime,” which is why afterschool programs are proving to be one of the nation’s best crime prevention strategies.

For 20 years, Lights On Afterschool has been the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families, and communities. On Thursday, October 24th, more than a million people across the nation and at U.S. military bases worldwide will turn the lights on for afterschool by opening their doors to showcase the skills students gain and the talents they develop at their afterschool programs. The Empire State Building in New York City will be one of dozens of landmarks to light up for afterschool that evening.

Jodi Grant, Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance and Barry Ford, President and CEO of the Council for a Strong America are available Wednesday October 16th to discuss the report and the ways afterschool programs help students succeed in school and in life, and what we can all do to make afterschool programs available to many more children and youth.


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MORE ABOUT JODI GRANT: Since 2005, Jodi Grant has been Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance, a non-profit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs. Jodi graduated from Yale University with honors and received her law degree from Harvard University. She currently serves on the Board of Partners for Livable Communities and is a Trustee of America’s Promise. She lives with her husband and two children in Washington, DC.


MORE ABOUT BARRY FORD: Barry Ford joined Council for a Strong America in 2015 and was named President and CEO in January 2019 after serving in the role in an acting capacity since June 2018. The Council is a national, bipartisan nonprofit that unites five organizations comprised of law enforcement leaders, retired admirals and generals, business executives, pastors, and prominent coaches and athletes who promote solutions that ensure our next generation of Americans will be citizen-ready. He brings more than 30 years of professional experience as a government official, lawyer, nonprofit executive, and political candidate to this position.

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