In July 2000, ten South Carolina representatives participated in a national symposium entitled After School Programs: Vision 2000 and Beyond sponsored by the Afterschool Alliance, in collaboration with the Disney Institute, Disney Learning Partnership and US Department of Education. During the Afterschool Symposium, our team engaged in a productive process of visioning, analysis and planning for after school services in South Carolina. The team returned to South Carolina with a shared vision of and a commitment to quality after school programs.



The overall goal of the South Carolina Afterschool Alliance (SCAA) is to establish a statewide network of diverse stakeholders that will guide, support and enable quality after school services and policies for all children and youth.



SCAA mission is to raise awareness, increase sustainability, and promote the importance of quality after school and summer learning programs.



  • Education and Communication
  • Advocacy
  • Technical Assistance
  • Collaboration/Partnerships

Education and Communication

To raise awareness of the importance of quality after school programs by informing the community of critical needs and issues


To serve as a voice to identify needs and ensure resource availability for after school providers, children, youth and families

Technical Assistance

To serve as a broker, organizer and facilitator for promoting and identifying best practices, programs and gaps of services, that address special needs for specific areas


To collaborate with organizations and groups with a shared vision to develop partnerships and link services

Meet Our Team

Working together to support and promote quality out of school time programs:


Zelda Q. Waymer, Executive Director

Phone:  803-254-5454


Kimberly R. Carmichael, M.Ed., Technical Assistance Manager

Phone: 803-254-5454


Del Ruff, Strategy Officer

Phone: 803-254-5454


Liz Joye, Dimensions of Success Observer

Melissa Lindler, Dimensions of Success Observer

John Meyers, Dimensions of Success Observer

Erica McCleskey, Dimensions of Success Observer

Meika Samuel, Dimensions of Success Observer

LaTisha Vaughn-Brandon, Dimensions of Success Observer


We always need volunteers!  Contact us if you are interested in volunteering.


Meet our Board of Directors

The strategic guidance, partnerships and leadership offered by board members assures children and families have access to quality out of school time programs.


Sam Johnson, Chair
Office of the Mayor

City of Columbia, South Carolina


Ken May, Treasurer
South Carolina Arts Commission


Kerry Abel, Secretary
Richland County School District One


Yolande Anderson

SC Department of Education


Peter Barth

Iron Yard Ventures


Meka Childs

Former Deputy Superintendent of Education and Education Advisor to Governor Mark Sanford

Amy Love
SC Department of Commerce


Dr. Milton Marley
Retired Assistant District Superintendent


Dr. Terry Peterson

Senior Fellow, Richard Riley Institute at Furman University and

College of Charleston


Zelda Quiller Waymer
Executive Director

South Carolina Afterschool Alliance



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