(09/23/2021) BATON ROUGE, La. — The Riley Institute at Furman University has selected Patrick Tuck, executive director of the Louisiana 4-H Foundation, to participate in the White-Riley-Peterson (WRP) Policy Fellowship.
A partnership with the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the WRP Fellowship is a 10-month national program designed to equip participants with a real-world understanding of policymaking for afterschool and expanded learning.
Tuck said it is his honor to serve positive youth development professionals throughout Louisiana as a WRP Fellow.
“I have engaged with so many 4-H and other afterschool partners in my role with the Louisiana 4-H Foundation,” Tuck said. “They empower children as creative and engaged citizens who can strengthen the wellbeing of a whole society.”
The newest class of WRP Fellows will participate in a hybrid program combining virtual and in-person classes. As part of the fellowship, Tuck will develop and implement a state-level policy project in cooperation with the Louisiana Center for Afterschool Learning, Louisiana 4-H and the national Afterschool Alliance.
As resources become available through the American Rescue Plan to support academic recovery as result of the pandemic, much of the Fellows’ focus will revolve around leveraging funding to grow and strengthen evidence-based afterschool and expanded learning programs.
In his role with Louisiana 4-H Foundation, Tuck oversees policy and procedure for a statewide network of 4-H nonprofits and leads fundraising efforts throughout Louisiana for the 4-H program. He has served on planning committees for National 4-H Leadership annual conferences. He convenes monthly virtual meetings of southern United States regional 4-H fundraising professionals and has hosted southern regional 4-H fundraiser meetings in 2017 and 2019. He conducts regular professional development financial workshops for Louisiana Extension Service professionals and 4-H volunteers and has led the Louisiana 4-H Foundation through a time of doubling private financial holdings.
He also is a member of the Louisiana Center for Afterschool Learning (LACAL) Advisory Council and leads the organization’s partnership committee.
Prior to assuming his current role with the LSU AgCenter, Tuck served as director of the United Way of the Bluegrass RSVP Trailblazers education volunteer program. He worked with federal support staff and United Way leadership to triple volunteer engagement and develop policies and procedures to ensure effective management of that federal grant initiative.
Including Tuck, 19 individuals have been selected to become WRP Fellows this year. The number of WRP Fellows nationwide has grown to 156 in 50 states since the initiative launched in 2012. Projects completed by WRP Fellows have calculated the return on investment of afterschool funding, mapped afterschool programs across states, improved afterschool quality standards and forged partnerships with state departments of education working to address learning loss related to COVID-19.
While afterschool is a time-tested approach proven to promote the social, emotional and academic development of children, ensuring that out-of-school time programs are accessible and well-equipped takes on a new urgency during the pandemic, said former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley.
“As we work to address learning loss as a result of COVID-19, afterschool and summer learning programs are critical partners toward gaining equity in education for all students. I am so proud to welcome 19 more policy leaders to this outstanding program,” Riley said.
The White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship is named for Secretary Riley; William S. White, the late chairman of the board of trustees of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation; and Terry Peterson, national board chair of the Afterschool Alliance and senior fellow at the Riley Institute and the College of Charleston.
Patrick Tuck, executive director of the Louisiana 4-H Foundation, was chosen to participate in the White-Riley-Peterson (WRP) Policy Fellowship.