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Lorenzo Harrison Named One of NAA's 2024 Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders

YMCA of Greater Kansas City
March 5, 2024
A headshot of Lorenzo Harrison

The National AfterSchool Association (NAA), the voice of the afterschool profession and lead organization for the advancement of afterschool professionals and leaders, has selected Lorenzo Harrison, Y Club Site Director in Lee's Summit, as one of NAA's 2024 Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders.

The 2024 Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders highlights 21 emerging young leaders who are afterschool champions and believers of the out-of-school time profession. These leaders were selected by a committee appointed by NAA. Each are working on designing programs, professional development opportunities and more contributions that will shape the future of afterschool.

"In the tapestry of afterschool education, being recognized as a Next Generation Leader is not just an individual honor but a celebration of collective dedication to shaping brighter futures for our youth," Lorenzo said. "To be named a Next Generation Leader is not just an accolade; it is a responsibility to lead with purpose, dedication and an unwavering commitment to the well-being and development of future generations."

NAA uplifts emerging young leaders who are active in the broader afterschool community, demonstrate contributions that have influence beyond individual programs to entire organizations and communities, are actively engaged in efforts to elevate the afterschool field, have a proven passion for development of themselves and others and demonstrate persistence in their work to grow as leaders. Honorees will be profiled in the Spring 2024 issue of NAA's AfterSchool Today magazine.

"At the National AfterSchool Association, we understand the connection between program quality and positive youth outcomes — a connection that can only be facilitated by strong leadership and a thriving workforce," said Gina Warner, Chief Executive Office of NAA. "We look forward to seeing how these emerging leaders make their mark on their organizations and the broader afterschool profession."

An estimated 7.8 million young people participate in afterschool programs each year, and the industry employs an estimated 850,000 professionals and leaders. The National AfterSchool Association fosters positive youth outcomes by supporting, developing and advocating for afterschool professionals and leaders.

Check out the latest issue of AfterSchool Today to read the full spotlights for all 21 honorees, including Lorenzo.