November 17, 2021
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 have so many partners around the state that are doing spectacular things to accelerate learning, like Gus Koerner from the Florida 4-H Youth Development Program of Brevard County. We welcome local programs every month to share their impact like Gus's creative curriculum to boost environmental science knowledge into afterschool programs, Creature Features. If you have an idea for an afterschool spotlight or would like to be featured, email Holly to help share your story!
CSEdWeek is December 6-12, 2021.
This year's theme is #CSEverywhere.

From December 6-12, 2021 students will be able to interact with fun games and challenges that give them the awareness that technology is not ‘one-size-fits-all’.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about tech and earn prizes, including gift cards and personalized video messages from one of their favorite celebrities. Our CSEdWeek activity can be used as an icebreaker at the beginning of instruction to get students excited about exploring tech careers in various industries including music, beauty, sports, fashion, and entertainment.

To confirm your participation, visit or sign your students up by submitting a participation form. Don't miss out on this year’s collaboration! Your students will thank you later.

NFTE World Series of Innovation

NFTE's World Series of Innovation invites young people to get involved in solving some of the biggest challenges humanity faces today and advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. See all challenges Your browser does not support the video tag.

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Florida McDonald's To Award $100K Grants To Local Students

FLORIDA - Educators and individuals who represent programs and organizations that fuel the imagination, education and growth of students can apply for a Florida Golden Grant. This is the first year the state of Florida local owners and operators...

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Alachua County Public Schools looks to the future with...

There was a feeling of change Monday in the Eastside High School courtyard as district leaders, Alachua County school staff and parents gathered to hear about the state of the district. District staff and parents walked into Eastside High School...

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2021 in Feeding America's Hungry Children

No single group of people exemplifies this lesson better than the frontline meal providers who work in our nation's schools. These brave and resilient individuals rolled up sleeves within days of the start of the pandemic and kept meals stocked...

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A new kind of charter school just launched in...

Katina Grace wanted more for her daughter than what she herself remembered as a child in school. By Grace's description, the Hillsborough County public schools never really pushed her to excel. She could not recall many personal connections with...

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Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code (GWC) is an international nonprofit offering free and flexible coding resources for our community! When you sign up to start a GWC Club, you’ll get access to everything you need -- including training, comprehensive resources, 120+ hours of easy-to-use and flexible coding curriculum for 3-12th graders, and even free t-shirts and other swag for each of your Club members. Clubs curriculum feature coding tutorials for all skill levels, inspiring women in tech, community-building activities to increase confidence, and project-based learning related to activism. You don’t need any prior coding experience to get started! Plus -- all genders are welcome in this girls-supportive environment. Learn more about the Clubs program.

New after-school program at Epiphany promotes leadership

VENICE | Drive near Epiphany Cathedral Catholic School in Venice on any Wednesday afternoon and you might spot a group of 20 children dressed in camouflage caps, red shirts, khaki pants and sneakers and voluntarily participating in exercises that ...

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11-year-old singer overcomes bullies, offers advice to...

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. One man is working with kids across the state and in our area to make sure they are given the tools to stop the cycle. WPTV first met Bailee Bonick, a small girl with a big...

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Afterschool Alliance Webinar: November 18

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, educators around the country are seeing an increasing need to support young people who may be struggling with anxiety, depression, fear, trauma, food, insecurity, or even homelessness. One crucial avenue...

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Kids Code Hungry Caterpillar Roamers To Combine Reading, ...

TAMPA, FL - Children from the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA's After-School Enrichment program participated in a STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math) activity at Anderson Elementary last week. The activities were the...

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MOCA North Miami Relaunches Its In-Person Public...

To continue its longstanding tradition of high-quality education programs, the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami will relaunch its public programming for children and adults in-person and on-site at the museum. MOCA recognizes the need to...

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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...

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Why Are There So Few Women in Computer Science? | Origin ...

Today, we think of computer science as a field dominated by men, but women have a long and important history in the field. Ada Lovelace is considered the first computer programmer, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, & Mary Jackson played a hugely ...

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Expanding the Youth Entrepreneurship Mindset
Every second Tuesday at 2:00 pm ET, programs and providers of youth entrepreneurship curriculum and those interested in enhancing and/or expanding what they currently offer are invited to join us for a monthly power-hour session to learn, network and share. Our next Power Hour is on December 14 and will include guest speakers from NextWaveSTEM and Next Gen Tech (NGT) 360.

NextWaveSTEM is a TechEd company specializing in K-12 standards-supported curricula, professional development and corresponding course kits. Courses use project-based, hands-on learning that highlight emerging technologies such as:
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Programming and Coding
  • Robotics
  • 3D Modeling and Printing
  • Cybersecurity
  • The Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Drones
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Solar and Renewable Energy 

NGT360 is a one-of-a-kind youth tech shark tank. It is a 7 month after-school program where teams of students (3-5) take their own idea and develop a tech product, working alongside business mentors from across the Tampa Bay Area in industry-class workshops. At the end of the season, students get to pitch their product to tech-industry leaders across Tampa Bay.

Join us and our guest speakers by registering through the link below!
NOW HIRING: UF 4-H Youth Development

Job Description: The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We...

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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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Come as you are to the classroom

When kids see a diverse group of teachers as authentic individuals, they expand their own understanding of what it means to be a human. That's key to a more equitable future for all-and Dr. Anne Keke of Colorado is leading the charge in her...

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The Learning Principal: Living Equity-centered...

Principals bear the critical responsibility of creating the conditions necessary for effective teaching and learning in their schools. During this discussion, The Learning Principal authors and practitioners will share research that clarifies the ...

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5+ Resources and Professional Development Opportunities...

Recently, Change the Equation launched the nationwide Start with STEM campaign, with the intent of bringing the nation's highest quality K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs to students and teachers. The architects of...

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Perspectives from the Field
Beyond School Hours presents PERSPECTIVES FROM THE FIELD!
This limited series of FREE professional learning webinar provides all professionals with effective strategies, open dialogue and a certificate of completion.
Join them in as they dive deep with their special guests on a variety of topics relating to the arts, literacy, and creating a sense of curiosity. You can also check out the recordings from the virtual edition...

Upcoming Topics:
December 15, 3:00-4:00 PM EST, Creativity and Consciousness
Take Note | School of the Future Toolkit for an...

Use this teacher-driven professional learning toolkit found under the Support Materials tab in combination with these videos to generate discussion around reimagining the school of the future. These segments will allow educators to dive deeply...

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You For Youth // Blog | Don't Judge a Book by Its...

Is an expensive university education the best assurance of success? Not necessarily! Y4Y has responded to your feedback that pathways to every kind of career success should be offered to students. The updated Career Pathways for Students course...

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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: and select "Training Registry & Login."

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