January 19, 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.
Spotlight on Children's Home Society of Florida! We recently caught up with Ms. Jamie Bertolis to learn just how CHS is investing in youth development through Community Partnership Schools and how afterschool programs and partners can learn more about this comprehensive and long-term approach to youth success.
If you have an idea for an afterschool spotlight or would like to be featured, email Holly to help share your story!
Don't Miss This: Tuesday, January 25, at 2:00 p.m. ET!

You're invited to join our monthly power hour with special guest Leon Baxton to learn about a unique demonstration project happening across Duval County thanks to a growing partnership between FAN, Communities in Schools and NFTE!

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Orlando 'credible messengers' combat youth violence as...

Days before Christmas, 24 fighters ranging from 5 to 17 years old were warming up to showcase their skills in the caged octagon set up in the parking lot of the New Image Youth Center in Parramore. Dozens of chairs were set up around the ring but ...

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Mayors Across the Nation Unite Against Childhood Hunger

The Mayors Alliance to End Childhood Hunger, created in partnership with No Kid Hungry, will tap the leadership, expertise and passion of mayors across the political spectrum to end childhood hunger. Member mayors will share and receive best...

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Aim High Grant: Due February 1

The New York Life Foundation will award 40 grants to out-of-school time programs serving middle school youth through their Aim High grant program. Join us for this webinar to learn more about the funding opportunity, eligibility requirements, and ...

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Tech4Innovation | Scholastic Contest | Due January 24

Enter the Tech4Innovation Contest for a chance to win cash prizes! Students will identify a problem in their community, and then draw and describe a tech idea to address it...

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Fine art is everywhere, day and night, at Pinecrest Gardens

Visit one of South Florida’s premiere juried art shows, our 18th Annual Fine Arts Festival, and enjoy a day surrounded by spectacular visual arts in the most lush and luxurious setting. Amongst a generous representation of the best artists...

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School board talks $34.2M in relief funds

Citrus County School Board members met Tuesday evening to review new emergency relief funding, school improvement projects and changes to instructional materials. District seeks approval for ESSER III funds The Citrus County School District is...

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Become a Sponsor

Children who depend on school meals during the year often miss out on these wholesome meals during the summer months. Your support as a sponsor can help close that gap this summer. In 2021, Florida supported thousands of meal sites to provide...

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New building for Washington Education at-risk program...

James B. Washington Education and Sports Inc. is moving across town and into a bigger location in an effort to reach more at-risk kids in need of direction. The program started just over three years ago, first in rotating locations around the...

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Local attorney makes $1 million donation to Pensacola...

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Local attorney Troy Rafferty and his wife Ashley made a $1 million donation for the youth in Pensacola. The money will go towards a major expansion for youth educational and sports programs at the Theophilis May Community...

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Homestead Middle Dual Enrolled Students
Homestead Middle School is so excited and proud to introduce their first ever
FIU Dual Enrollment students! Their students passed the FIU enterance exam and will be taking Intro to Environmental Science at FIU.

Grant Deadline Fast Approaching (January 31) - 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...

The Power of We | Sesame Street | PBS LearningMedia

Children look to their families with love and trust to guide their understanding about their place in this great big world. Here are some easy-to-use resources to help guide conversations with your child about racism and coming together through...

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...

BDS and FSU PC partner to build career paths for students

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A kid's time at school is about preparing them for the real world, setting them up for a successful career. Now, a new partnership between Bay District Schools and Florida State University Panama City aims to jump...

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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.

Healthy Out-of-School Time Coalition | National...

Kathleen Tullie, CEO of HOST member BOKS (Build Our Kids' Success), recently gave a TEDx talk on the "pandemic" of physical inactivity. In her talk, Tullie explains how "physical activity has been engineered out of our everyday lives" to become...

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You For Youth // Blog | From the Tower of The Virtual Edge

January 18, 2022 The pandemic may have left program leaders and staff feeling like they were isolated in an ivory tower, removed from their students and peers. But great lessons were learned about connecting virtually around the globe. Check out...

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Supporting And Encouraging Student Voice And Agency:...

Robyn Madison-Harris is a senior technical assistance consultant at American Institutes for Research (AIR). She supports state and local agencies in educator preparation, professional development, school approvement, and social-emotional...

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Division of Early Learning Announces New Online Courses...

The Florida Division of Early Learning is proud to announce the release of several new online courses and resources. Based on the newly revised Florida Professional Developmental Standards and Key Competencies, the courses, and the online Key...

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Note: Tissues recommended. Like so many of you, I first experienced the power of the NAA community through Convention. The interesting part is...I didn't even attend that particular Convention! Let me backup. It was late 2006, and New Orleans was ...

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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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