No one could have prepared us for what 2020 had in store. On one hand, this year has brought with it a lot of obstacles. On the other hand, the OST community has been presented with opportunities to push forward. Many programs have been faced with the challenges of funding, staff retention and keeping students healthy and safe. At the tail end of the year, it is with a deep sense of pride that the resilience of the CASE for Kids community is highlighted. The educators that serve the youth of Harris County rose to the occasion to keep students engaged and learning during an unprecedented time in our lives.
This Lights On Afterschool season, we are reminded once more of the importance of keeping the lights on. Though service providers are still dealing with the very real implications of the COVID-19 pandemic; through flexibility, determination and creativity students have been able to participate in debate tournaments, dance classes, concerts, musical theatre and much more virtually! Everything may have changed, but the commitment of the OST community to amplifying youth voice and experiences is unwavering.