Susan O’Connor was the Founding Director of the Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative and the WestMOST Network. The organization’s mission is to create equity in opportunity for all youth through expanded learning experiences in Western Massachusetts. HSLI/WestMOST provides a broad range of direct supports to after-school and youth development organizations, and works to build public will, impact public policy and improve outcomes through partnerships with schools, business and the community. HSLI received the Excellence Award from the National Association for Summer Learning in 2009, in recognition of the innovative model and promising outcomes in stemming summer reading loss. Susan left the program in October of 2011, but after six years, the initiative is in a strong place.
HSLI benefits from the ongoing support and direction of the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County and the enthusiastic commitment of the Hasbro Corporation, the Davis Foundation, the United Way of Pioneer Valley, the Cox Charitable Trust, The Department of Early Education and Care, and The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The model is well-established and producing impressive outcomes, thanks to thoughtful input from the many stakeholders of HSLI.
Maura Geary, as Director of Literacy Initiatives at the REB, will oversee theHSLI work, email@example.com. Maura has been an active partner on HSLI and is deeply familiar with the initiative. Brian King was recently hired to oversee the day to day operation and direction of HSLI and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Peta-Gaye Porter, a MSW graduate from University of Connecticut, has also joined the team on a consulting basis.