Today, our guests are Jodi Grant Afterschool Alliance Executive Director and joining Jodi is Jennifer Sirangelo, President & CEO of the National 4-H Council, to discuss how afterschool programs are helping students re-engage and heal.

Since 2005, Jodi Grant has been Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance, a non-profit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs. Jodi graduated from Yale University with honors and received her law degree from Harvard University. She currently serves on the Jennifer SirangeloBoard of Partners for Livable Communities and is a Trustee of America’s Promise. She lives with her husband and two children in Washington, DC.

Jennifer Sirangelo leads National 4-H Council in its mission to increase investment and participation in high-quality 4-H positive youth development programs. Sirangelo joined National 4-H Council in 2006 to grow support for America’s largest youth development organization. Council is the non-profit partner to the nation’s 4-H movement, supporting leadership development for nearly six million young people through diverse and inclusive programs in agriculture, science, health, and civic engagement by way of alliances with America’s philanthropic sector. For more information please visit: www.afterschoolalliance.org


Alejandra GeppOur next guest is Alejandra Gepp Health Programs Director for UnidosUS, she will provide information about food insecurity in Latino families as well as the benefits and the requirements of the SNAP program. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is available to help put food on the table for families during challenging times so they can move towards self-sufficiency. To get these benefits, you must apply in the state in which you currently reside, and you must meet certain requirements to be eligible. For more information please visit: www.unidosus.org

Alejandra Gepp is a seasoned bilingual public health professional with expertise in training and community engagement, program management, and strategic planning. She currently works at UnidosUS (formerly, National Council of La Raza) – the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States – as Health Programs Director for Training and Engagement. In this capacity, Ms. Gepp leads the strategy, development, and evaluation of the food insecurity portfolio. Ms. Gepp has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in education and human resource development, and a certification in public health.