October 6, 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.
Hailey Tucker could kickstart her soccer cleat business...

Hailey Tucker went back and forth deciding on an elective to take last year at Flagler Palm Coast High School. Finally, she decided on entrepreneurship to learn about the business world. Now the junior is one of 33 high school students across the ...

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We have so many partners around the state that are doing spectacular things to accelerate learning. We welcome local programs every month to share their impact. If you have an idea for an afterschool spotlight or would like to be featured, email Holly to help share your story!
Lights on Afterschool 2021
Join the Celebration! Join the Florida Afterschool Network and thousands of communities in celebrating and rallying for afterschool programs as the Afterschool Alliance organizes the 22nd annual Lights On Afterschool! This nationwide event calls...

Primary Prevention App
Prevent Child Abuse Florida is working on their “primary prevention app.” This app involves converting their Parent/Caregiver Guides into app form. They will be taking this year to study this arena and will remain open to all possibilities, partners, and ideas. As such, they are asking for your collaboration to make sure we pick the right path forward.

They are starting their process by conducting a survey to determine the next steps. They are wanting to engage with partners now who may be willing to collaborate on the design, function, and overall content of the app, so if you or anyone you know has an interest in working with us on this exciting new project, please contact Chris Lolley at (850) 933-3271 or clolley@ounce.org. They will also be looking for potential vendors and funders willing to be involved early in this process.

Please take a look at the survey linked below and help Prevent Child Abuse Florida gather the information they need!
Bringing AI education to underserved students in Central ...

One Zoom meeting was all it took for Florida High Tech Corridor Council CEO Paul Sohl to know he had stumbled upon something special. Just over a year ago, Sohl booked a meeting with Ora Tanner after reading a story about her vision as co-founder ...

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Charity Event Ideas to End Childhood Hunger

Whether it's running a marathon or selling lemonade on the sidewalk, there's no limit to the ways you can use your strengths to help feed kids through charity fundraising events. You can join one of our existing communities of incredible local...

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CORRECTING and REPLACING MONAT Gratitude Grant Program...

MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 5, 2021-- Please replace the release with the following corrected version due to multiple revisions. The updated release reads: MONAT GRATITUDE GRANT PROGRAM APPLICATION PORTAL OPENS FOR U.S.

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NASA Administrator to Meet with Florida STEM Students

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson visited with students in Tallahassee, Florida to discuss the future of space exploration at 2 p.m. EDT on Friday, Oct.1.

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How an after-school scholarship program is helping more...

Sitting at a cafeteria table in the Laura B. Anderson Elementary School's gym, 7-year-old Alexis Staether straps on a red plastic headband with a pirate hat design. One of her friends pulls a card from a pile and sticks it into the little notch...

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Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida Receives Donation for...

Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida (GSTF) is thrilled to announce the support of José Milton Foundation and Cecil & Ana Milton Family Foundation as signature sponsors for all STEM-related girl programs hosted by GSTF throughout the 2021-2022 year....

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Out-of-School Time Programs: Paving the Way for Children ...

When it comes to out-of-school time (OST), parents have three priorities for what they want OST programs to address for their children: their social and emotional health, providing them with physical outdoor activities and helping them discover...

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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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Sharing 'The 1619 Project' in Afterschool Education Spaces
Through a new collaboration between Mizzen by Mott and the Pulitzer Center, afterschool educators will be able to tap into 1619 content tailored for afterschool programs.

The 1619 Project is an award-winning and ongoing initiative by the New York Times that aims to inspire national reflection and dialogue about U.S. history, the institution of slavery, racial justice, and the contributions of Black Americans to our democracy and society. As most of you are probably aware, there is controversy around The 1619 Project, and in some states, state legislators have proposed bills to ban the use of 1619 curriculum in school classrooms.

YMCA and Jaguar Therapeutics announce wellness partnership

The YMCA of South Florida and Jaguar Therapeutics recently announced that they have developed a partnership that will provide additional health and well-being benefits for members and local residents around the South Dade and Downtown Miami...

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Alma's Way | PBS LearningMedia

ALMA'S WAY follows 6-year-old Alma Rivera, a proud, confident Puerto Rican girl who lives in the Bronx with her family among a diverse group of close-knit friends and community members. In every episode, ALMA'S WAY aims to model self-awareness,...

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Expanding the Youth Entrepreneurship Mindset
Do you represent a school district, afterschool program, or summer camp and want to inspire young minds? Maybe you are a mentor or aspiring entrepreneur looking for technical assistance on how to better prepare youth for the jobs of tomorrow? With everything going on in the world, this POWER HOUR is your opportunity to take a break from it all and tune in to your own entrepreneurial spirit.

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.

The 2021-22 Florida FAFSA Challenge
Florida College Access Network (FCAN) is pleased to announce the kick off of the Florida FAFSA Challenge for the 2021-22 school year! The challenge calls on schools, districts, and communities to increase the number of graduating high school seniors who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which helps students who qualify to access funds to pay for college.

For more information about the Florida FAFSA Challenge or any of the FCAN-coordinated College Ready Florida initiatives, contact Adriana Pavicic, FCAN’s Community Engagement Coordinator, at apavicic@floridacollegeaccess.org.
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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I often hear that the HEPA standards can be overwhelming: "There are so many of them. How could I possibly implement these on my site?" Yes, there are a lot of them. But one thing to remember is that these are a vital framework-and a way to talk...

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The Pursuit Of Racial Equity: Moving Past Engagement To...

Changing and supporting educator practice is critical for advancing racial equity in schools, districts, and systems so that all students experience success. This webinar is based on the June issue of The Learning Professional, Action for Racial...

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Growing STEM Justice through Research and Practice

The Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center (KAYSC) at the Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM) aims to "empower youth to change our world through science." The KAYSC is a long-term, out-of-school-time (OST) pathway program for youth who are...

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LGBTQ Support During Remote Learning: Professional...

KJ Vanderiet, WNET Associate Content Producer, walks participants through the Professional Development section of the LGBTQ+Identity: A Toolkit for Educators collection on PBS LearningMedia. This video is an exerpt from LGBTQ Student and Family...

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You For Youth // Blog | It Gets Rough; Bring the Right...

Out-of-school time programs like yours are widely viewed as a key to post-pandemic learning recovery. Just like the players on a football team, each student needs slightly different equipment to get through some tough plays. By using the new Y4Y...

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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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