July 3, 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.

UPCOMING WEBINAR! ACRES: "Asking Purposeful Questions"

Looking for in-service hours?? Florida After School has partnered with ACRES, a free coaching resource for out-of-school time providers and or programs, to provide a peer learning community on Asking Purposeful Questions. ACRES strive is to guide educators or after-school staff with the knowledge and confidence to facilitate STEM in their after-school programs. Asking Purposeful Question Description: Questions are the beginning of a path towards discover, imagination, and STEM Exploration.


The three-part series begins next Thursday, July 11 from 11AM-1PM.

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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!

Summer campers learn sailing and STEM with Pensacola Yacht Club's outreach sail

A group of summer campers from the "Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast" got a hands-on lesson in sailing and seamanship.

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Florida ranks fifth in nation for education, according to yearly nonprofit ranking

The Annie E. Casey Foundation releases its Kids Count data, every year, tracking child welfare throughout the country based on a number of different factors.

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This free South Florida summer camp keeps kids entertained - and educated

All of us parents know our children need something to do all summer long. Well, there's a summer camp in South Florida that's not only keeping kids entertained, but also educated.

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Summer learning programs and competitive spelling in Tampa Bay

On this episode of Florida Matters, you'll hear from the United Way Suncoast about summer programs and other ways to stop the so-called "summer slide." You'll also hear about the pressure of competitive spelling, and what the spelling bee can teach you about life, from the spelling bee coach working with winners from the area.

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WATCH: Immokalee students explore environmental science at FGCU summer camp

Immokalee students explore environmental science at FGCU summer camp.

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July resources from Million Girls Moonshot

Read about upcoming trainings, transformative practices, STEM learning pathways, career exploration, and activities for July 2024.

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Florida 4-H to begin renovating historic 4-H Camp Cherry Lake

A Big Bend landmark is getting renovation help thanks to money approved in the Florida Legistlature. The state funding brings the camp, located in Madison County, to more than $1.1 million raised in public and private funds toward the construction of five new, ADA-compliant cabins after the former cabins were removed in 2023.

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Youth voice in afterschool STEM: Peeking behind the curtain

STEM learning in afterschool has really taken off over the past decade and there is little doubt of the importance of these spaces for engaging young people with STEM. The most recent America After 3PM study tells us that 73% of afterschool programs offer STEM and that 72% of parents look for these opportunities when choosing a program for their children.

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LEARNING FROM OTHERS: Michigan students make history representing afterschool programs at State Capitol

Four of the eight students selected for the Youth Afterschool Ambassadors program were from West Michigan, representing Grand Rapids, White Cloud, and Shelby. Any day now, the Michigan legislature could pass the state's annual budget. This year, that budget will have been formed with input from some of Michigan's youngest advocates.

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OST STEM preparing young people for "green jobs"

As STEM educators, this vision invites us to think innovatively about how best to prepare young people for ways of thinking–and for jobs–that take on the climate crisis. Formal curricula try to keep up with dynamic shifts in climate science and federal policy. But out-of-school time STEM programs benefit from flexibility and high adaptability to community-based issues that the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal highlights.

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Grade Level Reading (GLR) Learning Tuesdays


Webinar: Tuesdays July 9, July 16, July 23 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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Teen Science Cafe Fellows- 2024-2025


Applications due: Thursday, August 1


The Teen Science Cafe (TSC) Fellows initiative is a ten-month training program designed to help informal educators implement Teen Science Cafes in their community. Teen Science Cafe Fellows receive one-on-one support from TSC Guides to launch a cafe program and host three cafe events during the year. Fellows receive a $2,500 stipend to support their work!

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! 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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