Summer Camp and Innovative Youth Programming

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Join us in a discussion on planning summer camps and hear a national perspective on safety, learning and social-emotional factors to consider. This webinar with the American Camp Association (ACA), the National Summer Learning Association and NRPA will include specific guidance and resources for planning your summer camp operations such as the ACA’s Camp Operations Guide and its virtual camp listing. Additionally, learn how agencies can think innovatively this summer to help fill learning gaps, support social-emotional health of youth, leverage virtual programming and engage families in creative ways. 

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Aaron Philip Dworkin

CEO, National Summer Learning Association

Aaron Philip Dworkin joined the National Summer Learning Association as Chief Executive Officer on June 3, 2019 having most recently served as President of the After-School All-Stars National Network – a non-profit organization providing free afterschool and summer programs to 90,000 low income students in more than 450 Title I schools in 20 major cities across the United States. Over the last 12 years, Aaron led the organization through tremendous growth, significantly increasing the number of students served, doubling the After-School All-Stars national footprint and annual revenue, while opening a national office in Washington, D.C. to expand its advocacy efforts. Aaron also oversaw the creation and implementation of the After-School All-Stars’ four signature national initiatives, each with their own summer learning program, designed to combat childhood obesity (Sports as a Hook), promote high school and college graduation (We Are Ready), prepare students for careers (CEO: Career Exploration Opportunities) and inspire youth leadership and community service (Life Service Action). Prior to After-School All-Stars, Aaron founded and directed Hoops & Leaders, an acclaimed summer youth leadership and mentoring program in New York City. He also helped support the creation of Up2Us Sports, a national coalition of sports based youth development programs. Aaron is a frequent presenter at national education conferences, a graduate of Tufts University, a former Coro Fellow in Public Affairs and holds master’s degrees from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He is a member of the 2019 Class of Leadership Greater Washington and serves on the National Board of Directors of the American Camp Association.

Henry DeHart

Chief Operating Officer, American Camp Association

Henry DeHart is the Chief Operating Officer for the American Camp Association. The majority of Henry’s career has been in the field of camp. He served over 25 years supporting the camps of the YMCA of the Triangle, including the roles of Executive Vice President, Camping Services, and Executive Director of Camp Sea Gull. In this role as EVP of Camping Services, Henry had the privilege of supporting three overnight camps: Camp Sea Gull, Camp Seafarer and Camp Kanata. His responsibilities include board development, long range planning, strategic planning, leadership development, philanthropy, state and national advocacy and assuring exceptional program delivery.

 In his career, Henry included national leadership on the Y-USA Overnight Camp Cabinet, on the Governmental Affairs Advisory Board for Y-USA and on the Planning Committee for the Y Global Camping Conference. Regionally, he served on the Board of the NC Youth Camp Association, Chaired the NCYCA Legislative Affairs Committee and served on the Small Business and Member Service Department Board of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. Henry lives in Raleigh, NC with his wife, two camp-loving children and a very enthusiastic dog.

Ernie Pages, CPRP

Parks & Recreation Director, Town of Kernersville

Ernie Pages has been the Director of Parks and Recreation for the Town of Kernersville, NC since 2008.  Before becoming the director, he served Kernersville in the Recreation Superintendent role.  He started his career at Salisbury Parks and Recreation in North Carolina as the Recreation Center Director over City Park Center.  He is a graduate from Catawba College, NC and is a native of Miami, Florida. 

Brodrick Clarke

NSLA Field Consultant

Brodrick has extensive experience working with the K-12 student population, primarily in out-of-school time settings. He has recruited and trained hundreds of youth workers and volunteers. As a seasoned professional development trainer, Brodrick incorporates research and best practices with interactive simulations to engage his audience in dynamic learning experiences.

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