May 1, 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.

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2024 Afterschool Professional of the Year!

Out-of-school time professionals play an important role in the lives of the children and youth they serve and they deserve recognition and support! Who from your afterschool program is a super star and deserves to be recognized? Help us find the "2024 Florida Afterschool Professional of the Year." Nominate your local afterschool super star today!

Nominations are due Monday, June 17, 2024.

Nomination Form

If you have an idea for an afterschool spotlight or would like to be featured, email Holly to help share your story!

New survey: Afterschool programs advance learning recovery efforts but face staffing and cost challenges

Based on a new national survey of 1,116 afterschool program providers, programs are supporting students’ academic development, strengthening peer-to-peer connections, and creating opportunities where they can practice life skills. At the same time, providers report grappling with issues such as staffing and program costs, making it challenging to meet the demand for their programs.

Read More

Liberty City after-school activity center changes lives of those they serve

What started as an after-school activity center is now much more to the families it serves. The Multi-Ethnic Youth Group Association, or MEYGA, Learning Center in Liberty City is evolving with the area around it and making Miami Proud

Read More

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. 

Read More

Leesburg Police and Boys & Girls Clubs partner in LEAD-ership against drugs and violence

Leesburg Police Department and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida have been working together to direct a pilot program to teach a curriculum implemented by L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Against Drugs & Violence).

Read More

Troy schools, YMCA to open before/after-school child care to serve 80-100 kids

Troy Foundation provides $112K grant to start new program this fall, but fee for families is still being finalized; childcare shortage has been called pressing issue in Miami County.

Read More

NextWaveSTEM- 2024 Summer STEM Classes & Programs

NextWaveSTEM provides in-school, summer camp, and after-school summer courses by providing STEM instructors, FL Standards aligned curriculum, teacher professional development, and STEM equipment kits on the following technologies to help start or expand your STEAM program. NextWaveSTEM is an approved vendor in multiple Florida school districts (Miami Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties).

Read More

Emerging Afterschool Leaders Can Earn $1,500 to Take Part in Transformational Leadership Training Series

Applications due May 15, 2024! The Elevating OST Leadership Initiative invites first to third-year OST directors or assistant directors to apply to be a part of this hybrid leadership training series that combines in-person and virtual training sessions. The Initiative will take practitioners through a journey of leadership skill development and practice, self-awareness, harnessing one’s passions, learning to communicate with fierce compassion, visioning and creating actionable goals for the future.

Read More

LEARNING FROM OTHERS: Nonprofit gives Penn Hills kids a safe place to gather after school

An organization in Penn Hills is giving young people not only a safe place to go and have fun after school, but a place for the community to gather. With energy to burn off, the after-school programming from the Young Black Motivated Kings and Queens nonprofit gives kids a place where they play with friends, from basketball to tug of war to running around the playground.

Read More

How Youth-Led Research Really Makes a Difference

Youth research leader reflects on her experience studying out-of-school time programs and what's next. Youth participatory action research (YPAR) operates under the principle that young people should be deeply involved in developing solutions to challenges that directly affect them. 

Read More

2024 Florida Youth Space 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.

Read More

Help us help you! Take the Florida Afterschool Tools & Resources Survey

Make time to answer this brief survey (estimated time to complete is less than five minutes). The information you provide will allow us to make adjustments to the tools and resources we provide to help you be more informed and effective as afterschool educators. Respond and be entered into the raffle to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

Take the Survey
Register Here

ACRES Coaching: Nurturing STEM Identity and Making Career Connections

Webinar: Mondays: May 6, May 20, June 3 from 6PM-8PM

How do you help youth recognize their connection to and role in STEM? How do you help youth learn about STEM careers? Participants experience several easy-to-implement strategies, including a photo elicitation activity that can help youth form STEM identities, and then learn how to conduct related activities with youth.

Register Here

Click 2 Engineering: Including All Learners in Engineering

Webinar: Wednesday, May 8 at 12PM

In a highly competitive world, how do we create program spaces that help young people feel like engineering is a discipline in which they can succeed and thrive? Join this virtual workshop to develop strategies for creating engineering experiences that are engaging for all youth. Dive into what makes an engineering activity open and inclusive. Experience hands-on engineering and come away with ideas you can put into practice.

Register Here

Info Session about Micro-credentials and Digital Badging

Webinar: Wednesday, May 8 from 1PM-2PM

ACRES (Afterschool Coaching for Reflective Educators in STEM) 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. These sessions are free, live, interactive, and one hour in length.  You will learn about what Micro-credentials are and how to apply for them.

Register Here

Get BookSmart: Summer Camp Strategies to Engage Young Children

Webinar: Thursday, May 16 from 1PM-2PM

We’ll discuss the free digital book platform ‘BookSmart’, and share how to incorporate this useful literacy tool in implementing book clubs, staff read-alouds, story extenders, weekend reading incentives and more. This helpful family engagement tool offers hundreds of book choices with recommended literacy-based activities designed for families with children ages 3 – 12.

Apply & Learn More

Project Brainy - Summer Application Due

Online Submission due: Friday, May 17

Does your out-of-school time (OST) program want to build belonging and engagement in interactive science learning? Project BRAINY is open to all OST programs that regularly provide learning opportunities to middle-school youth. Project Brainy is a six-session, neuroscience-based curriculum designed for OST programs. The curriculum enables middle-school students to build social-emotional skills, engage in interactive STEM learning, and increase literacy. Up to 20 youth-serving OST programs from across the U.S. will receive $1,500, training, and continuous support to implement Project BRAINY, a neuroscience, literacy, and SED-focused curriculum.

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.




Florida After School, Inc. |

For more information about Florida After School, Inc. and its many partners, connect with us on social media.

Facebook  X  LinkedIn