March 20, 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.

2024 Million Girls Moonshot Flight Crew - Marissa

From Loxahatchee, Florida, Marissa is interested in being a part of the medical health science research field because Marissa would like to help people in different ways.The Flight Crew features remarkable youth from across the country. Motivated by their impactful STEM experiences beyond the classroom, these young leaders are currently working in their communities to break down stereotypes and spark their peers' curiosity in STEM. 

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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 Youth Voice Week next week: 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, and how you can support youth voice in your own program.

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Tampa Bay students participate in Grand Prix STEM Day

While drivers were busy running laps on the track of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete Friday, a group of students learned about the connection between science and racing.

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How Programs Are Leveraging ESSER Funds to Support Afterschool and Summer Learning - Zoom

In late January 2025, school districts and states will face the liquidation deadline for more than $120 billion America Rescue Plan ESSER III funds. This webinar looks at a report that digs into important questions that all districts should be asking and more! 


Evening at the Ballpark highlights youth and baseball at JetBlue Park

An Evening at the Ballpark at JetBlue Park recently focused on youth, baseball and the future.The annual event, hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County at the Red Sox Spring Training site, included recognition of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County's 2024 Youth of the Year, Kaliyah Stephens, an eighth grader at Crestwell School.

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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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2024 Florida Space Youth Art Contest

Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nunez encourages students in grades

K–5 to create an art piece inspired by the theme: Suit Up! Florida’s Space Suit of the Future. Finalists will win two tickets to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Two lucky grand prize winners, one selected from each group, will have their artwork launched into space on an upcoming mission! Submissions are due Friday, May 24.

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Prime Time Palm Beach County Requests Workshop Proposals for Afterschool Symposium

Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc. is requesting proposals for its Afterschool Symposium 2024 that will take place on Friday, May 3, 2024, at the West Palm Beach Marriott in West Palm Beach, Florida. This year's theme is Recharge & Revitalize - Amplify Your Impact in the Out-of-School Time Field.

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Foundation Fridays: Spotlighting Tech Sassy Girlz in Orlando

Founded in 2012, Tech Sassy Girlz is making waves in the STEM world, empowering young girls from grades 6 to 12. The nonprofit organization goes beyond filling the gender gap. It cultivates a generation of confident, skilled and ambitious young women ready to conquer the challenges of the STEM world. 

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An afterschool STEM advocacy story

Since 2020, SAC has participated in the Afterschool Alliance's STEM Hub, a professional network that advances public support for afterschool and summer STEM learning. Since 2011, SAC has engaged over 98,000 youth and educators across 480 communities in 42 states and three countries.

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LEARNING FROM OTHERS: After school academy aims to complement classroom learning

Aiming to provide students with learning experiences beyond traditional classroom settings, three Sonoma nonprofit organizations have collaborated to offer an academy that promotes social-emotional learning, resiliency and leadership skills. The academy consists of four programs: Ready to Work, Driver’s Ed, Money Matters and Keystone Leadership & Advocacy.

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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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GLR (Grade Level Reading) Learning Tuesdays

Webinar: Tuesdays March 26, April 2, April 9, 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.

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ACRES Coaching: ACRES Coaching: Elevating Youth Voice and Choice

Webinar: Thursdays April 11, April 25, May 9 from 11AM-1PM

How often do youth in your program get to choose what they’re investigating or designing, the materials they might use and/or how they engage with the work? In this module, participants try out strategies for elevating youth voice and choice and apply the ideas as they redesign a STEM activity to incorporate a greater variety of youth input.

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Ready Set Go (because STEM is everywhere)

Webinar: 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.

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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