February 28, 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.

"Afterschool for All" Advocacy Training

Don't miss this opportunity to learn how to ensure "Afterschool for All" and create a brighter future for our communities. Our speakers will share strategies for engaging with policymakers, building coalitions, and effectively communicating your message to drive positive change. Register now and be a part of the afterschool advocacy movement!

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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!

Celebrate Black History Month in afterschool

February marks the celebration of Black History Month, an opportunity to honor and commemorate the profound contributions of Black folks throughout history. See new resources for afterschool providers to engage students in meaningful discussions and activities that highlight and celebrate Black history in February and beyond.

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Students at thirteen Orange County Schools will get free after-school meals

The Florida Department of Health’s Child Care Food Program will provide free snacks and suppers during the weekdays. Meals must include milk, fruit and veg, grains, and meat or a meat alternative.

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Bill to Incentivize Participation in After School Tutoring Program Passes

The R.A.I.S.E. Program was instituted by the Florida Legislature in 2021 to improve literacy rates across the state. SB 46 would allow for R.A.I.S.E. tutoring to occur after school, along with allowing school districts to provide a stipend to students and instructional personnel participating in the program.

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School For Advanced Studies senior's entrepreneurial spirit shines across South Florida

In this edition of Students Who Shine, Marybel Rodriguez introduces us to Leila Hilliard: a senior at the School for Advanced Studies, Kendall Campus.

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Living Legacy: CEO of First Coast YMCA Eric Mann 'making a difference over Northeast Florida'

Mann's approach goes beyond the traditional CEO role. He actively engages with YMCA members, connecting with the community on a personal level.

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BellXcel Rise Fellowship Program

With thirty years of field experience, BellXcel knows that children learn best when supported by the adults they know, in the communities in which they live. The Rise Fellowship Program is designed to provide rural and Native/Indigenous youth-serving providers with coaching, tools and resources so they can introduce evidence-based practices into their OST programs and strengthen impacts for children and families. 

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St. Petersburg Science Festival & MarineQuest returns with exciting new STEM and art exhibits

The St. Petersburg Science Festival and MarineQuest will return with more hands-on activities than ever before, including a mobile aquarium, seagrass maze and a shark show utilizing virtual reality. The event aims to inspire creativity, engage curiosity and deepen knowledge of science and the arts.

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Orlando Science Center's Spark STEM fest ignites curiosity, interest among students

About 300 local students helped kick off the Orlando Science Center's Spark STEM Fest with an interactive field trip, featuring hands-on work sessions with STEM professionals.

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ACRES Coaching: Make Math Engaging

Webinar: Wednesdays, March 6, March 20, April 3 from 2PM-4PM

Are you looking for fun ways to help youth build number sense and problem-solving skills? Math can take on new meaning when it is integrated into daily routines in our afterschool programs. In this module, afterschool educators will explore and practice strategies for making math engaging and accessible.

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Info Session about Micro-credentials and Digital Badging

Webinar: Wednesday, March 6 from 6PM-7PM

ACRES 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. You will learn about what Micro-credentials are and how to apply for them.

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NSLA: 2024 Summer Planning Bootcamp

Webinar: Wednesday March 6 & Thursday, March 7, 2024 from 1PM-3PM

Summer isn't just a season; it's a canvas of opportunity for youth to explore, learn, play, dream, move, create, and connect. All children deserve access to an enriching summer experience that supports their personal and academic development. The two-day webinar series is designed to equip you with tools, ideas, and best practices to elevate your summer program planning game. Guided by dynamic experts and leaders, day 1 will focus on policy and research, student well-being, and using summer to promote youth voice, nature, community service, college prep, and career exposure. On day 2, we will shift towards academic support, creative enrichment activities, and partnerships to support and reach more 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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