Ellen S. Gannett

Conversation About the OST Workforce: Unify a Fragmented Profession

Ellen Gannett is director of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College. NIOST has provided research, evaluation, technical assistance, consultation and training on after-school programs throughout the United States for more than 35 years.

Heading off Abusive Relationships

When I was a young adult, I was in an abusive relationship. I didn’t realize it then, of course. I was swept off my feet and completely giddy, as most new relationships tend to begin. My boyfriend seemed equally infatuated, spending money taking me to expensive restaurants and holding my hand through walks in the park. I was so swept away that I didn’t notice when he slowly became emotionally abusive, and started stalking me by texting and calling me constantly, demanding answers to emails immediately.