April 17, 2024

This is your weekly newsletter featuring program spotlights, innovative resources, and training opportunities for the out-of-school-time industry in Florida. Together, we can ensure all children and youth in Florida have access to affordable, available, high-quality expanded learning opportunities to foster their success in school and beyond.

DON'T MISS THIS: STEM4ALL (Virtual) Resource Fair

Via Zoom: Wednesday, May 1 at 11AM

Join us for a completely virtual resource fair designed to connect programs and individual educators to free (or low-cost) STEM resources you can take and start using tomorrow in an afterschool or summer program. Come explore multiple vendor “booths” to find the perfect resources to enhance, expand or start STEM education at your program.

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If you have an idea for an afterschool spotlight or would like to be featured, email Holly to help share your story!

APAW 2024 is NEXT WEEK! How are you showing your appreciation for Afterschool Professionals?

Research shows that skilled and knowledgeable program staff are the backbone of program quality and are key to desired positive youth outcomes. We hope everyone joins us April 22-26 in celebrating afterschool professionals and then continues to advocate for job quality in support of these essential professionals throughout the year.

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Youth Voice Week 2024 was a huge success

The voices of young people are still echoing in afterschool programs across the nation, in the halls of Congress, and across social media after a powerful Youth Voice Week! Youth voices materialized in so many different ways, and we heard hundreds of diverse perspectives, from poems to songs to art showcases.

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At Sanford Boys and Girls Club, generations succeed, give back

While Goldsboro is home to generations of families, it's also home to the Westside Community Center, where the future generation is in good hands. Today, Knight oversees more than 100 kids at the Boys and Girls Club and personally knows their families. The club provides them with a safe place for learning, support and growth that’s completely free and just steps from their home.

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Measuring Youth Development: How out-of-school time programs collect and use data

Data collection can be one of the most useful – and most challenging – aspects of running an afterschool or summer program. A new Child Trends report commissioned by The Wallace Foundation explores the ways OST programs gauge their work, challenges to collecting data, and tips to address those obstacles.

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15 More Tampa Area Schools to Get Free After-School Meals as Need Grows

Thousands of additional Hillsborough County students will be able to get a fresh meal before they head home from school. That brings the total number of schools offering a free supper to 190 in Hillsborough County. The meals are offered to any student at an eligible school who is taking part in an after-school enrichment program or tutoring at no cost to the parent.

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Fostering Teamwork Builds Excitement for Martin County Afterschool Programs

The Martin County Out-of-school Time Quality Improvement Initiative supports out-of-school time programs, funded by the Children's Services Council of Martin County with ongoing quality coaching, onsite training, mentoring of youth development strategies and professional development. Prime Time called on Martin County afterschool professionals in February to attend a morning of professional development with hopes that each attendee would leave feeling empowered to make a greater impact on the children back at their programs.

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The 2024 Lights On Afterschool Poster Contest is open!

This year we're looking for any artwork that represents the spirit of afterschool programs. As always, the winning artwork will be printed on more than 50,000 posters that will be displayed at more than 8,000 Lights On Afterschool events around the world. The winning artist will be featured on our website, blog, and a national press release, and their afterschool program will be credited on the poster in addition to receiving the grand prize of $500! Artwork is due July 15, 2024!

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EmPOWERing STEM Educators in Palm Beach County

Florida Power & Light Company awarded the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County a $10,000 grant to support an initiative to increase teacher knowledge of effective math and science instructional practices that align with Florida Standards through peer-to-peer learning of best practices.

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Florida Tech Offering STEM Camps Tailored for Rising 5-8 Graders

Florida Tech's summer camps are officially open for registration. The five-day camp, with sessions in June, July, and August, will immerse students in science, technology, engineering, and math with exciting, hands-on challenges, including coding robots to complete challenges, designing video games, manufacturing basic electronic circuits, and learning about cybersecurity.

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LEARNING FROM OTHERS: At IPS School 43, teaching kids to read is a community effort

Last year, state records show only about a third of School 43 students passed Indiana’s third grade reading exam and 86% of students received free and reduced priced lunches, an indicator used to track school poverty. Community leaders and alumni say they have watched for years as IPS budgets have tightened and staff have come and gone. An education committee formed, volunteers reopened the school library and the MLK Center launched its after-school literacy lab — a program that operates independently but collaborates with IPS to support students.

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Help us help you! Take the Florida Afterschool Tools & Resources Survey

Make time to answer this brief survey (estimated time to complete is less than five minutes). The information you provide will allow us to make adjustments to the tools and resources we provide to help you be more informed and effective as afterschool educators.

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Ready Set Go (because STEM is everywhere)

Webinar: Thursday, April 25 at 1PM

Are you nervous about doing science activities? Do you feel pressure to have your activities include more STEM? Join this fun hands-on session to learn different strategies to help you facilitate activities with youth of all ages. You will be surprised at how comfortable STEM teaching can be when you look at activities through the lens of "STEM is everywhere". This engaging session will give you a glimpse at the free resources available and provide you with plenty of opportunities to reflect on practice and connect with your colleagues. And boy will we laugh when we think about some funny educational metaphors. This workshop is designed to inspire you to lead amazing STEM lessons where you and the youth in your program can thrive.

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ACRES Coaching: Nurturing STEM Identity and Making Career Connections

Webinar: Mondays: May 6, May 20, June 3 from 6PM-8PM

How do you help youth recognize their connection to and role in STEM? How do you help youth learn about STEM careers? Participants experience several easy-to-implement strategies, including a photo elicitation activity that can help youth form STEM identities, and then learn how to conduct related activities with youth.

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Click 2 Engineering: Including All Learners in Engineering

Webinar: Wednesday, May 8 at 12PM

In a highly competitive world, how do we create program spaces that help young people feel like engineering is a discipline in which they can succeed and thrive? Join this virtual workshop to develop strategies for creating engineering experiences that are engaging for all youth. Dive into what makes an engineering activity open and inclusive. Experience hands-on engineering and come away with ideas you can put into practice.

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Info Session about Micro-credentials and Digital Badging

Webinar: Wednesday, May 8 from 1PM-2PM

ACRES (Afterschool Coaching for Reflective Educators in STEM) is excited to offer additional Information Sessions about STEM micro-credentials, which are competency-based, digital badges for afterschool and out-of-school professionals offered through the National Afterschool Association. These sessions are free, live, interactive, and one hour in length.  You will learn about what Micro-credentials are and how to apply for them.

SAVE THE DATE! We are a recognized leader for providing high-quality professional learning experiences that are timely, relevant, and engaging. Join us in October for our annual conference as we convene at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Get ready for fresh ideas for youth engagement, strategies for business and staff development, and tools for local advocacy. Learn more about what to expect here.




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