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Perspective | Education Matters – The impacts of afterschool programs on North Carolina’s youth

Every day, youth attend afterschool, before school and summer learning programs across North Carolina, engaging in activities like STEM, physical fitness, literacy, and civic education, to name a few. This week, we will take a look at the impact that afterschool programs have on the lives of youth, and we’ll be joined by the Forum’s director of the NC Center for Afterschool Programs, Dr. Sheronda Fleming, as well as two directors of local afterschool programs operating in Hyde and Gaston Counties. 


  • Dr. Sheronda Fleming, Director, NC Center for Afterschool Programs (Top)
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  • Nancy Leach, Director of Student Services, Hyde County Schools (Bottom Right)
  • Roxann Jimison, Academy Director, Dream Center Academy, Gaston County (Bottom left)

Guest Host:

  • Tara Lynn, WRAL – TV

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Keith Poston

Keith Poston is the president and executive director of the Public School Forum of North Carolina.