Kelly Woodland comes to After-School All-Stars with a rich and diverse background in youth development, program design, community networks, and strategic planning. Kelly is a connector who enjoys building alliances and developing ideas that positively influence people and organizations in need.
Prior to coming to ASAS, Kelly led the development of a STEM model for 6th-grade boys of color, counseled a New York-based energy company in its effort to develop a youth focused social investment strategy, and advised a variety of youth development organizations in the region.
Kelly’s passion for connecting and creating impact was reflected in his co-founding of the Philadelphia African American Leadership Forum (PAALF). Kelly spearheaded PAALF’s first-ever comprehensive research study of African American led nonprofit agencies in Philadelphia. He was also instrumental in shaping the recommendations that emerged from this groundbreaking study.
Kelly’s strong commitment to youth in Philadelphia was activated during his decade commitment as a program officer at the William Penn Foundation. The Foundation afforded Kelly a platform to catalyze the advancement of the regional youth development field. He leveraged foundation dollars to create the Out of School Time Resource Center and led a funders collaborative to bolster Philadelphia’s youth workforce development system. Kelly also created and managed a community youth development initiative that used neighborhood networks to build a continuum of opportunities for children and youth. This place-based model inspired replication in Detroit and Cleveland.
Kelly’s desire to serve youth was nurtured as a pre-college administrator for an enrichment program serving high school students in Philadelphia and Camden. His program design acumen was refined at the Franklin Institute Science Museum where he created the Partnerships for Achieving Careers in Technology and Science (PACTS), the first STEM program targeted to youth of color at the museum.
Kelly, a proud native of Chester, Pennsylvania, believes strongly that access to developmental opportunities for youth should not be determined by one’s zip code. Kelly’s goal is to bring After-School All-Stars to schools and communities that need it most. He is a graduate of Temple University where he earned his Bachelor’s in Journalism.