March 13, 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.

Recognize an afterschool or summer learning program in your community!

How has your afterschool or summer program helped to #EngageEveryStudent? Apply today to the Engage Every Student Recognition Program to have your program recognized for its impact on youth! Applications are due April 10.

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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!

Biden administration releases FY 2025 budget proposal, includes afterschool related funding

The lack of a proposed increase for 21st CCLC comes amidst record unmet demand for afterschool programs, as well as increasing program costs. There are 24.7 million children who are not in an afterschool program, but would be enrolled if a program were available to them. That means that for every child in an afterschool program, four more are waiting for one.

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Youth Voice Week is March 25-29, 2024

Youth are at the center of quality afterschool and summer learning programs. Our youth voice efforts aim to center the perspectives of youth informing policy and programming across the nation. Learn about our work below, including the Afterschool Alliance Youth Ambassador program, the Collective for Youth Empowerment in STEM & Society (CYESS), our partnership with the Million Girls Moonshot Flight Crew program, and how you can support youth voice in your own program.

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Tampa teen named National STEM champion

A Tampa high school student is representing the area at the first-ever National STEM Festival in Washington, D.C. Rudra Patel is a junior at Middleton High School. He is the creator of NIMBL, a device that allows people suffering from motor disabilities such as paralysis to regain control of their bodies.

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Delray Beach Parks and Recreation Continues Partnership with Prime Time at the 2024 Resource Fair

The 2024 Resource Fair brought together 128 attendees, 51 vendors and 17 Prime Time staff members to share ideas and experiences in the lead up to summer programming. Prime Time offered resources on the ACHIEVE program, upcoming trainings and information on the upcoming Afterschool Symposium and much more...

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LoanDepot and Miami Marlins Foundation Continue Support for Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Through "Runs Scored" Program

The Official Naming Rights partner of the home of the Miami Marlins and the Official Mortgage Provider of the team, has announced the return of its “Runs Scored” program with the Miami Marlins Foundation. For the fourth consecutive year, the organizations are pledging $50 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade for every Marlins run scored at loanDepot park.

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Florida Tech's Latest Grant Program to Boost STEM Workforce with Homegrown Talent through scholarships

A new grant program developed at Florida Tech and starting in Fall 2024 will allow high-achieving Brevard County students with unmet financial needs to attend the renowned private university in Melbourne. Under the Brevard Boundless Opportunity Grant program, admitted students who meet all eligibility requirements and enroll full-time at Florida Tech on the Melbourne campus will receive a scholarship to cover their tuition and fees.

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Wendell Carter boosts STEM and aviation dreams for Central Florida youth

Orlando Magic's Wendell Carter is aiming for success on and off the court, showcasing his commitment to rebounding and now looking to soar beyond basketball by inspiring future pilots through educational initiatives.

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LEARNING FROM OTHERS: Charlotte afterschool program aims to break cycle of youth crime and violence

TreSports serves as an afterschool program for juveniles after they’ve committed crimes in Mecklenburg County. Students age 11 and up get picked up from school and taken to TreSports for wraparound services including sports programs, help with homework and programming on everything from conflict resolution to finding employment.

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Building Skills in Afterschool: STEM Next and Qualcomm, Inc. Lead the Way for Future Innovators

Qualcomm, Inc. is collaborating with afterschool and summer programs throughout the country. Thinkabit Lab curriculum and organized training with out-of-school time (OST) programs to provide students with a unique experience and exposure to STEM careers they may not have known existed. Of the students served, from seven different program sites, over half reported that they will continue to pursue a career in STEM.

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Are you ready for the April 8 total solar eclipse?

We will not have the opportunity to see another total eclipse cross the U.S. until 2045, so the coming April is the perfect opportunity to use this beautiful celestial event to inspire interest in science by everyone, and as a wonderful learning experience.

For many locations in the northeastern U.S., this eclipse will occur during prime afterschool programming time.

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Regional Workshops: 3 Locations, 1 Day of Professional Learning

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How do you build quality programs? Start with the staff. Join us as we explore the program self-assessment process that aligns with Florida's Quality Standards. Learn how to make small changes for big impact and ensure your staff have what they need to be successful. Pick your location below to learn more & register.


ACF: National Call to Action on Equity

Watch Live: Friday, March 21, 2024 from 2PM-3:30PM

Don't miss this livestream with ACF's leadership team. They will be sharing their goals and plans moving forward as well as tons of relevant information.

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2024 Policy Outlook for the OST Field: Out-of-School Time Monthly Field Convening

Discussion: Friday, March 15, 2024 from 12PM-1PM (Ongoing series scheduled on the third Friday of each month)

Join the EdFunders Out-of-School Time Impact Group for an ongoing conversation with funders, practitioners and other field leaders centered on learning about and with the out-of-school time sector, focusing on essential issues in OST now and in the future. Each video call will dive into a specific content area, challenge, and/or opportunity for the field and feature experts in the sector and philanthropy.

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GLR (Grade Level Reading) Learning Tuesdays

Webinar: Tuesdays March 19, March 26, April 2, 2024 from 3PM-4:30PM

CGLR Learning Tuesdays affirms the Campaign's commitment to get better at getting better by learning with and from each other. We are using these webinars as a portal through which to access and explore the best science, ideas, and programs.

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ACRES Coaching: Facilitating Engineering Practices

Webinar: Wednesdays April 10, April 24, May 8 from 1PM-3PM

Engineering has become a staple of STEM programming for youth. How can we confidently bring engineering into our programming and support youth as they engage in problem solving? In this module, participants gain first-hand experience with engineering by solving a design problem. They examine the components of the engineering design process and discuss ways to model the process with youth.

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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