Reimagine Public Safety Act

The Reimagine Public Safety Act (RPSA) serves to provide a series of Illinois Department of Human Services-funded grants that aim to address the root causes of violence in Illinois through investments in comprehensive youth development and violence prevention initiatives. By focusing on giving young people safe and supportive places to be outside of school and by giving access to trauma-informed mental healthcare, the RPSA grants leverage community-based organizations to make those communities safer and healthier environments for their community members. 

RPSA Team Members

Susan Stanton's professional headshot

Kasey Brown

Afterschool Resource and Support Specialist brownk@actnowillinois.org
Emma Spencer's professional headshot

Andrew Hitzhusen

Afterschool Resource and Support Specialist hitzhusena@actnowillinois.org
Emma Vibber's professional headshot

Tyrone Taliaferro

Afterschool Resource and Support Specialist taliaferrot@actnowillinois.org

Important Information & Links

ACT Now Center for Afterschool Learning (ANCAL)

The ACT Now Center for Afterschool Learning is ACT Now’s online Learning management system which is Free and available to ALL of our members! Learners are able to view live and recorded professional development trainings, access resources and tools that accompany our courses, access a discussion forum to connect with your colleagues and much more! To register and attend ACT Now and RPSA trainings and events, please register for an account here: https://collabornation.net/join_prompt/actnowil. Once you have created an account, please visit the ‘Events’ tab to search and register for all upcoming trainings.


Illinois Quality Program Self-Assessment (IL-QPSA) 

The Illinois Quality Program Self-Assessment (IL-QPSA) is a free online strengths-based self-assessment tool that allows individual out-of-school time (OST) providers the opportunity to self-assess on their performance based on the Illinois Statewide Afterschool Quality Standards. Completion of the IL-QPSA is a requirement for the RPSA Youth Development Services (2775) grant.


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FY24 Reimagine Public Safety ACT (RPSA) Trainings and Professional Development Calendar

FY24 Reimagine Public Safety ACT (RPSA) 2775 & 3007 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • FY24 RPSA Quarterly Meetings:
    • Quarter 2: Tuesday, December 12th, 2023
    • Quarter 3: Thursday, March 21st, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Galowich Family YMCA, 749 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL 60431 
    • Quarter 4: Wednesday, June 19th, 2024

Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY) Resources

The Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY) delivers free trauma informed practice education to the field. ICOY is responsible for the management and review of the Capacity Building Assessment Tool for Organizations, or the CBAT-O, and delivers trauma informed trainings to improve trauma informed practices as agencies across the state.


Illinois Afterschool Network (IAN)

Illinois AfterSchool Network is the professional membership association for people who work with and for youth during Expanded Learning Opportunities. Illinois Afterschool Network offers specialized training opportunities for members and other professional that work in the out of school time field. 


  • March 4, 2024

    March RPSA Blog

    Hello RPSA Grantees! Excitement is building as we gear up for the FY24 Q3 Quarterly Meeting for RPSA 2775 and 3007! Hosted in-person, this event promises to be an enriching experience for all attendees, and ACT Now is thrilled for you to join us. Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 21st, 2024, from 10:00 AM…

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  • February 20, 2024

    RPSA February Blog: Black History Month Events and Activities

    In 1926, American historian Carter G. Woodsen, known as the father of Black History Month, had an idea to organize a week that would be dedicated to celebrating the history of Black Americans and educating future generations. This month offers a variety of events and activities to celebrate Black History Month. Here are a few…

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  • January 5, 2024

    RPSA January Blog: Expectations for the Quarterly Meetings

    On December 12th of 2023, ACT Now hosted virtually the second quarterly meeting of FY24 for the RPSA Youth Development Services (YDS-2775) and Youth Development and Intervention Services (RYDIS-3007). In the spirit of growth and collaboration our blog this month will cover some new expectations for Quarterly Meetings moving forward.  New Expectations for Quarterly Meetings…

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  • December 11, 2023

    RPSA December Blog: Gender and Sexuality 101

    A Peek Behind the Curtain: Gender and Sexuality in OST 101 Step behind the curtain into the world of our recent December training, hosted by Andrew Hitzhusen and Emma Vibber. In this post, discover the thought process behind the Gender and Sexuality in OST 101 training’s development, key takeaways, and the elements that made it…

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  • November 27, 2023

    RPSA November Blog: Curriculum Reviews

    A comment we often hear from grantees is that they are in need of quality curriculums, but there are so many out there that they don’t know where to start. The Department of Human Services has created a list of Best & Promising Practices, but even this valuable resource can be challenging for providers to…

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  • October 9, 2023

    RPSA October Blog: The 3R Model of Workforce Planning

    For October’s blog post we are going to provide a brief overview on ACT Now’s newest training series, The 3R Model of Workforce Planning. Many programs have expressed that turnover in the field has been a consistent challenge. ACT Now listened to program providers and developed a training series that provides strategies to combat employee…

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  • September 5, 2023

    September RPSA Blog: Understanding Periodic Performance Reports

    As the first quarter of FY24 comes to a close, agencies are preparing for the submission of Periodic Performance Reports (PPRs). These reports are essential in tracking an agency’s progress towards achieving the performance goals and objectives outlined in their grant awards. This month, we will review key aspects of the RPSA Youth Development Services…

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  • July 31, 2023

    July RPSA Blog: RPSA YDS 2775 and RYDIS 3007 Overview

    For this month’s RPSA blog, ACT Now will share a brief overview of the grants we provide Training, Technical Assistance, and Support to. Going into this new fiscal year, ACT Now will provide Technical assistance (TA) on RPSA YDS (2775) and RYDIS (3007) grants. Agencies from both grants will have the opportunity to network and…

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  • July 17, 2023

    RPSA July Blog!

    Introduction:  Welcome to the new fiscal year! We are very excited to take a moment to review our role as your RPSA Training, Technical Assistance, and Support (TTAS) Provider.  As your TTAS provider, we offer support in various areas including grant compliance, networking opportunities, and training and professional development. We offer training opportunities in a…

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  • June 21, 2023

    Empowering Young Minds: ACT Now STEM Clubs

    By: Kim Turnbull In today’s rapidly evolving world, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) have become the driving forces behind innovation and progress. As the demand for STEM professionals continues to rise, it is crucial to lay a strong foundation for the next generation’s success. While formal education plays a vital role, afterschool programs offer…

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  • May 5, 2023

    RPSA May Blog!

    RPSA May Blog! Over the last decade, ACT Now has provided trainings, consultations, and professional development on the Illinois Afterschool Quality Standards Framework. One of the primary philosophies we sought to teach was continuous quality improvement. Therefore, we are incredibly excited to present a ‘Reintroduction to the Illinois Afterschool Quality Standards Framework Training’.     Starting…

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  • April 3, 2023

    April RPSA Blog!

    ACT Now’s RPSA Youth Development Grantee cohort is comprised of 15 organizations throughout Illinois, including school-based, community-based, and faith-based programs. This month, we’d like to introduce ACT Now’s newest RPSA grantees: The Boys & Girls Club of Lake County and The Salvation Army – Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center.  Boys & Girls Club…

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  • March 10, 2023

    RPSA Blog: Grantee Spotlight

    RPSA Blog: Grantee Spotlight This month for the RPSA blog we are going to do a grantee spotlight on The Well Experience, located in Urbana, IL. Established in 2019, The Well Experience is a community organization that provides services that heal, engage, restore, and empower marginalized communities. They provide a variety of therapeutic supports like…

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  • January 30, 2023

    A Peek Behind the Curtain: Developing a Culturally Responsive Framework Professional Development Training

    In this month’s blog post, we’re going to talk to Kasey and Tyrone about an upcoming training that they’re going to present to the field.   Would you please introduce yourselves and a little bit about what you do here at ACT Now? KB: My name is Kasey Brown, and I am an Afterschool Resource and…

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  • December 5, 2022

    RPSA Blog December 5, 2022

    RSPA Blog December 5, 2022 This month we would like to spotlight the Rock River Valley YMCA. The YMCA is an organization that is committed to the empowerment of youth through action with an emphasis on health and well-being. The Rock River YMCA is based in Rockford, IL, and is comprised of five locations throughout…

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