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Mayors Stand Behind Afterschool for All

By Shannon Holmes
November 22, 2004


Throughout the school year millions of children across the country are left alone and unsupervised after school and millions of parents worrying about them. Numerous studies have shown that after school hours are hours where America's youth are at the greatest for juvenile crime, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and other problems. Individuals and organizations across this nation are coming together to advance universal access to afterschool. Last year The Afterschool Alliance formed Partners of Afterschool for All: Project 2010 in order to collaborate support for after school programming. Mayors across the country have taken a leadership role in their communities to establish and expand after school and out-of'school time programs because they understand the implications for their city. So far The United States Conference of Mayors and 111 mayors are among 800 national groups and individual leaders that have signed on as partners in support of Project 2010.

Project 2010 has one mission — To ensure that all children and youth have access to quality, safe, and enriching after school programs by the year 2010. The collaboration now has over 600 partners that include mayors, educators, youth, youth advocates, policy makers, faith-based leaders, parents, business leaders, police, and prosecutors, entertainers, and others who recognize that after school programs are a necessity for youth, families, and communities.

The United States Conference of Mayors continues to support increased funding for after school programming, because of its vital importance to the education, recreation, and development of youth in cities across the country. Federal funding for after school has been at a $1 billion level for several years under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) even though it is authorized to receive an appropriation of $2 billion.

The mayors who have signed on as partners for Project 2010 are:

Mayor Jerry E. Abramson, Louisville, KY
Mayor Irma L. Anderson, Richmond, CA
Mayor Ross C. Anderson, Salt Lake City, UT
Mayor Alan M. Arakawa, County of Maui, HI
Mayor Mark Asmundson, Bellingham, WA
Mayor Alan Autry, Fresno, CA
Mayor Scott Avedisian, Warwick, RI
Mayor Robert A. Baines, Manchester, NH
Mayor James M. Baker, Wilmington, DE
Mayor Kay Barnes, Kansas City, MO
Mayor Tom Bates, Berkeley, CA
Mayor Mark Begich, Anchorage, AK
Mayor William V. Bell, Durham, NC
Mayor Tony Benavides, Lansing, MI
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, New York, NY
Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, Elizabeth, NJ
Mayor Mark D. Boughton, Danbury, CT
Mayor Spence H. Broadhurst, Wilmington, NC
Mayor Jane L. Campbell, Cleveland, OH
Mayor David N. Cicilline, Providence, RI
Mayor Robert D. Coble, Columbia, SC
Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Columbus, OH
Mayor Daniel Coody, Fayetteville, AR
Mayor James Dailey, Little Rock, AR
Mayor Richard M. Daley, Chicago, IL
Mayor Heidi Davison, Athens, GA
Mayor John DeStefano, Jr., New Haven, CT
Mayor Manuel Diaz, Miami, FL
Mayor James A. Doyle, Pawtucket, RI
Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orlando, FL
Mayor Dalton S. Edge, Chesapeake, VA
Mayor John M. Fabrizi, Bridgeport, CT
Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores, Laredo, TX
Mayor Paul D. Fraim, Norfolk, VA
Mayor Lois J. Frankel, West Palm Beach, FL
Mayor Shirley Franklin, Atlanta, GA
Mayor James A. Garner, Hempstead, NY
Mayor Edward D. Garza, San Antonio, TX
Mayor Oscar B. Goodman, Las Vegas, NV
Mayor Ron Gonzales, San Jose, CA
Mayor Michael A. Guido, Dearborn, MI
Mayor James K. Hahn, Los Angeles, CA
Mayor Patrick H. Hays, North Little Rock, AR
Mayor George Heartwell, Grand Rapids, MI
Mayor John W. Hickenlooper, Denver, CO
Mayor Keith P. Hightower, Shreveport, LA
Mayor Keith A. Holliday, Greensboro, NC
Mayor Fred Homer, Laramie, WY
Mayor Heather Hudson, Greenville, MS
Mayor Timothy C. Idoni, New Rochelle, NY
Mayor Judith Jacobson, Butte, MT
Mayor Michael Jarjura, Waterbury, CT
Mayor Gerald D. Jennings, Albany, NY
Mayor Beverly Johnson, Alameda, CA
Mayor William A. Johnson, Jr., Rochester, NY
Mayor Richard J. Kaplan, Lauderhill, FL
Mayor Vera Katz, Portland, OR
Mayor Elizabeth A. Kautz, Burnsville, MN
Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick, Detroit, MI
Mayor Scott L. King, Gary, IN
Former Mayor Edward I. Koch, New York, NY
Mayor Stanley F. Leach, Moline, IL
Mayor Dannel P. Malloy, Stamford, CT
Mayor Judy Markowitz, Bloomington, IL
Mayor Anthony M. Masiello, Buffalo, NY
Mayor William M. Mattiace, Las Cruces, NM
Mayor Patrick McCrory, Charlotte, NC
Mayor Rhine McLin, Dayton, OH
Mayor Susan Menard, Woonsocket, RI
Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Boston, MA
Mayor Linda Milam, Idaho Falls, ID
Mayor Gary Monahan, Costa Mesa, CA
Mayor Mike Moncrief, Forth Worth, TX
Mayor Ellen O. Moyer, Annapolis, MD
Mayor Arlene J. Mulder, Arlington Heights, IL
Mayor Dick Murphy, San Diego, CA
Mayor Tom Murphy, Pittsburgh, PA
Mayor Timothy Murray, Worcester, MA
Mayor C. Ray Nagin, New Orleans, LA
Mayor Gavin Newsom, San Francisco, CA
Mayor Gregory J. Nickels, Seattle, WA
Mayor Dennis J. Nordfelt, West Valley City, UT
Mayor Chuck Oberlie, Michigan City, IN
Mayor Meyera E. Oberndorf, VA Beach, VA
Mayor Martin O-Malley, Baltimore, MD
Mayor Beverly O-Neill, Long Beach, CA
Mayor Bart Peterson, Indianapolis, IN
Town Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, Huntington, NY
Mayor John Peyton, Jacksonville, FL
Mayor Donald L. Plusquellic, Akron, OH
Mayor Gary A. Podesto, Stockton, CA
Mayor Bill Purcell, Nashville, TN
Mayor Stephen R. Reed, Harrisburg, PA
Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Charleston, SC
Mayor Lionel Rivera, Colorado Springs, CO
Mayor Randy Roach, Lake Charles, LA
Mayor Joseph C. Scarpelli, Brick, NJ
Mayor Douglas P. Scott, Rockford, IL
Mayor Coleen L. Seng, Lincoln, NE
Mayor Francis G. Slay, St. Louis, MO
Mayor Nathan H. Smith, Portland, ME
Mayor Wayne Smith, Irvington, NJ
Mayor John F. Street, Philadelphia, PA
Mayor Michael A. Sullivan, Cambridge, MA
Mayor Charles F. Tooley, Billings, MT
Mayor Jose Torres, Paterson, NJ
Mayor Judith Valles, San Bernardino, CA
Mayor Anthony William, Jr. Washington, DC
Mayor Charles R. Worley, Asheville, NC
Mayor Shelia Young, San Leandro, CA
Mayor John T. Yunits, Jr., Brockton, MA

Also showing their continued commitment to supporting after school programming, First Lady of Chicago Maggie Daley and Philadelphia First Lady Naomi Post Street have also signed onto Project 2010. Mayors interested in signing on as a partner to Afterschool For All: Project 2010, please contact Shannon Holmes at (202) 861-6728 or sholmes@usmayors.org. Further information can also be obtained about the initiative on www.afterschool2010.org.