June 19, 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.

Celebrating Juneteenth in afterschool programs

Juneteenth National Independence Day also known as Freedom Day, or Jubilee day honors the emancipation of slaves in the United States. More than 150 years after its first celebration, the Juneteenth holiday provides an opportunity to learn and teach about the importance of social justice and equity. Here are a few ways to bring the Juneteenth celebration to your afterschool program!

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Boys & Girls Club of Collier County: Inclusion, safety, a focus on academic excellence, and so much more

Believe, achieve and succeed. That's what the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County empowers the young people they serve to do. Boys & Girls Club, the largest out-of-school provider in Collier County, wishes to empower the 3,500 students they serve "to develop their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens."

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Florida Literacy Awards and Grantees Honored at 40th Annual Florida Literacy Conference

The Florida Literacy Coalition (FLC) hosted its 40th Annual Florida Literacy Conference from May 8-10 at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary, bringing together adult education, literacy, and ESOL practitioners to network and share promising practices. The three-day statewide conference provided over 65 training and professional development sessions for adult education and literacy tutors, students, teachers, and program administrators.

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HOMETOWN HERO: Delray Beach nonprofit dedicated to helping children learn to read

With the help of local public school teachers and the community, their unique program, called ‘Project Uplift’ helps third-grade students with their reading skills so they can pass their end-of-the-year standardized reading test and move on to fourth grade. “We think the secret to the success of the program is that it's after school...”

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Summer program prepares East Tampa students for life after school

Some East Tampa students are spending their summer preparing for their future careers thanks to the Summer Youth Career Exploration program. It not only teaches students about networking and interviewing, but students also work for the City of Tampa, earning money while completing the program. The city started the program back in 2006 as a way to keep teenagers engaged in something positive over the summer. Now organizers say it’s morphed into something even better, providing students with the skills they need for their future careers.

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It's time for school-age advocates to raise their voices in state plans

The state child care planning template for the next three years is out! From now until July 1, State Administrative Agencies will be determining how to spend over $12 billion annually in federal Child Care and Development Funds (CCDF) dedicated to helping eligible families find affordable, high-quality child care, afterschool, and summer programs for their children aged 0-13. 

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The Learning Neighborhood

A group of partners, including local PBS stations, that are acutely focused on the early learning needs of children and their families. Foster a community/state-wide culture that promotes the "Learn Together" theme and empowers children and adults to learn anytime, anywhere - at home, in the neighborhood, and within local systems and spaces.

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Find a STEM Role Model - Million Girls Moonshot

Introduce your students to Data Scientists, Engineers, and Connectivity Experts today! Career profiles, featuring Verizon STEM Professionals, are now available for educators and students to explore any time. 

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Afterschool Alliance and National AfterSchool Association team up to support a thriving afterschool workforce

The Afterschool Alliance, known for its advocacy on behalf of afterschool and summer enrichment programs, joins forces with NAA, which has spearheaded professional development in out-of-school time (OST) settings for over three decades. Together, they are set to address the pressing need for a skilled and stable workforce to ensure increased access to quality programming for children and youth.

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LEARNING FROM OTHERS: Tacoma's late night summer youth program aims to curb violence

With recent gun violence victimizing young people and communities in western Washington, the fear is that this kind of crime will increase once summer break starts and kids are out of school. Two organizations in the South Sound are teaming up to curb the violence by keeping young people active in a safe environment.

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Summer 2024 Youth Entrepreneurship (YE) Mini-Grant Recipients Announced!

Florida Afterschool is focused on expanding the entrepreneurial mindset of Florida's youth. We just launched our Summer YE Peer Learning Community to help build capacity and share resources across programs interested in expanding or launching entrepreneurship opportunities during their summer learning programs. Nine programs were selected.

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Grade Level Reading (GLR) Learning Tuesdays

Webinar: Tuesdays June 25, July 2, July 9 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: Asking Purposeful Questions

Webinar: Thursdays: June 6, June 13, June 20 from 11AM-1PM

Florida After School has partnered with ACRES, a free coaching resource for out-of-school time providers and or programs, to provide two peer learning communities on Asking Purposeful Questions. ACRES strives is to guide educators or after-school staff with the knowledge and confidence to facilitate STEM in their after-school programs. Questions are the beginning of a path towards discover, imagination, and STEM Exploration. How can we help youth expand and clarify their thinking and develop their reasoning through the questions we ask them? This module is designed for educators who would like to grow in their practice in facilitating STEM learning within a supportive group of other educators. 

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