January 5, 2022
This is a biweekly newsletter featuring program spotlights, resources, grants & professional development opportunities for the afterschool industry in Florida. Together, we are working to provide every child in Florida with high-quality afterschool opportunities that are accessible, affordable, accountable & inclusive.
We are so excited to provide you with our first Afterschool Advisor of 2022! We hope you all have had a very Merry Holiday and a Happy New Year. We look forward to providing you quality Afterschool resources this year and we can't wait to see where our continued partnerships lead us.
Florida's First Lady announces expansion of Hope...

Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis announced Friday, Dec. 17, that 100 Florida schools have started Hope Ambassadors Clubs in 39 school districts. This represents a 300% increase from the 25 Florida schools that participated during the 2020-21...

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Teen Town Hall in partnership with YMCA Youth in Government
Registration for the 2022 Teen Town Hall is now open. This unique opportunity allows High School students across Florida to voice their opinions, raise concerns and ask questions about youth programs and issues impacting their lives. We look forward to this year's event!

Homepage - Math Equity Toolkit
Resources and guidance to support Black, LatinX, and Multilingual students to thrive in grades 6-8 A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction is an integrated approach to mathematics that centers Black, Latinx, and Multilingual students in grades...

New Image Youth Center in Parramore celebrates 17th year ...

ORLANDO, Fla. - Earlier this year, we took you to the New Image Youth Center, also known as "the good in the hood." The center celebrated its 17th year of providing after-school care and summer programs to youth in Orlando's Parramore neighborhood.

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Ask the Experts: Youth Entrepreneurship and the 21st...

Philanthropy Roundtable works with donors who want to build strong communities by introducing them to organizations that help people access economic opportunity. This includes programs that teach young people the skills and mindsets they need to...

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More than Food: The Best Meals of 2021

Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD)'s motto is, "Students rise. We all rise." They understand that ensuring all kids have access to food is essential for their success. That's why they include halal meals in their menus to support...

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Wayne and Delores Weaver gift the North Florida School...

Jacksonville - North Florida School of Special Education's Board of Directors received a $2-million dollar endowment from J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver. Noted as the largest gift in the school's history the funds will be managed by The...

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Boys & Girls Clubs open new Jacksonville location, plan...

The site for the sports complex was "strategically chosen based on its central location in an underserved community" of largely low-income, minority neighborhoods. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - (The video above is from a previous story) With financial...

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How to Build an Intergenerational Team

On December 1, 2021 The Institute for Citizens & Scholars (C&S) and the Afterschool Alliance will hosted an online webinar moderated and led by students from the Kentucky Student Voice Team (KSVT). The students will share content...

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Watch: Serena Williams and the Boys and Girls Club

Serena Williams recently collaborated with luxury automobile company Lincoln to give children in Florida a fun experience with snow. Several children from the West Palm Beach division of the Boys & Girls Club were invited to be a part of this...

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Tykes & Teens Awarded Over $3 Million in Grant Funding...

Continued Community Collaboration Needed to AddressGrowing Children's Mental Health Crisis December 28, 2021 - Through close collaboration with more than 20 local well-respected organizations, Tykes & Teens, a leading provider of the highest...

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Last leg of $1M gift made to nonprofit | Business...

After five years, a gift in the form of $1 million is officially wrapping itself up with a bow. The founder and chairman of Lakewood Ranch-based homebuilder Neal Communities, Pat Neal, along with his wife, Charlene Neal, made a donation of $1...

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Grant Deadline Fast Approaching- Duke Energy Foundation

The Duke Energy Foundation is focused on helping strengthen and uplift communities throughout Florida with grant funding highlighting vibrant economies, climate resiliency and justice, equity and inclusion. K-12 Education Grants accepted Nov. 15...

Celebrating Winter Bingo: PreK and K | PBS KIDS | PBS...

A bilingual, weekly "Learn Along" Bingo packet (one for PreK-K, one for Grades 1 & 2) will include a range of thematic learning opportunities for children to choose their own learning adventure. Emphasis will be on the PBS KIDS 24/7 broadcast...

New walking track at C.A. Weis Elementary brings whole...

A new paved walking track at C.A. Weis Elementary School is more than an athletic facility for students to exercise their legs. The track is yet another symbol of the connection between the school and its surrounding community - a connection that ...

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Meet Mizzen by Mott | Florida

Mizzen by Mott is a new app built with and for afterschool professionals to provide high-quality, engaging learning content and tools to the field. To meet the needs of this moment, the Mizzen team has added new activity playlists and multi-week...

Mizzen By Mott: Pro Tip 

Help your team recharge, reconnect and regain clarity with “End of Semester Reflections,” a Pro Tip from After-School All-Stars. It’s a great resource for managers, teachers and staff for looking back at the past semester to guide the coming year.


Inspire your students with thousands of FREE teaching resources including videos, lesson plans, and games aligned to state and national standards. Florida teachers can sort by subject or grade level.

NAA22 Convention March 20-23 in Las Vegas

The stakes are high! As afterschool professionals and leaders, you're equipping yourself or others to prepare young people for a world we can only imagine. Come share your ideas and explore innovative and proven practices. Challenge yourself to...

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BOOST Conference happening in April in California
Join the largest, most recognized and comprehensive global convening for after school, expanded learning, and in and out-of-school time professionals.

I'm going to Beyond School Hours 2022!

Join me at #BeyondSchoolHours to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the nation's most popular education conference!

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You For Youth // Blog | A Palace of Learning

Accelerated learning rules all during this academic year. Place your students on their right-sized thrones with tips from Y4Y's new Click & Go on homework and tutoring sessions and Human Resources course. But partnering with the school day...

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ESSER Funds: Creating District Impact | Learning Forward

Thursday, January 13, 3 - 4 P.M. Eastern Join us for this webinar to hear from district leaders about how they are using their ESSER funding and how they will share the impact of these dollars in years to come.

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5 Steps to 2 Positive Choices - An In-the- Moment...

Youth voice and choice is a powerful, proactive youth development approach that fosters decision-making skills, self-efficacy, and independence. In addition to on-going program opportunities for youth voice and choice, kids need in the moment...

Hands-On Academics - Foundations PL On- Demand

Integrate academic content into your program in ways that fit the afterschool environment and keep kids coming back for more. Learn practical strategies to better plan and lead engaging activities that make learning meaningful and fun.

DCF Online Course: Supporting Literacy in School-Age
The Department of Children and Families Office of Child Care Regulation is offering a new online course, Supporting Literacy in School-Age Programs. The goal of this course is to prepare out-of-school time (OST) practitioners to foster the development of reading and writing in school-age children, and to identify and address risk factors for delays in literacy in order to mitigate or prevent future illiteracy. Upon completion of this course, child care professionals will be able to:

  • Describe the developmental process related to literacy and the implications on school-age children
  • Explain how the development of literacy can be supported in various components of school-age programs
  • Name the characteristics of effective literacy initiatives in school-age programs
  • Relate best practices in implementing literacy curricula throughout the components of school-age programs
  • Identify risk factors that may cause delays in the development of literacy

Additionally, 0.5 CEUs may be earned for completing this five-hour course. To access the course, go to: https://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/childcare/ and select "Training Registry & Login."

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