An effective program Liaison plays an integral role in the success of After School Matters programs. The Liaison position performs operational duties that are tied to the program location and serve as the main contact for the program. The Liaison must have the authority to coordinate After School Matters-related activities and fulfill responsibilities including, but not limited to:
Chicago Public Schools hosting more than one After School Matters programs are eligible for nominating one school representative to serve as a paid After School Matters Liaison. These Liaisons are appointed by their principal and will become a part-time employee of After School Matters. These Liaisons receive a per-program stipend for their efforts. As past-time employees of After School Matters, paid Liaisons will be subject to After School Matters internal review and professional development processes.
Should an eligible school opt-out of hiring a paid Liaison, they are still responsible for identifying a point of contact to fulfill Liaison responsibilities at their campus.
Community-based organizations hosting After School Matters programs are expected to understand the programmatic responsibilities of hosting an After School Matters program prior to applying to be a host site. CBOs must nominate a staff member or instructor to fulfill all Liaison responsibilities, and outline how they will allocate these responsibilities within their After School Matters RFP. After School Matters regional teams are ready and available to assist CBOs in understanding program responsibilities and identifying appropriate staff representative(s) to fill this role.