May 18, 2022
This is a weekly 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.
Youth Entrepreneurship Competition in Jacksonville
Riverside High School Students Win Local Business Pitch Competition
Students from a local afterschool program successfully pitched and won a youth entrepreneurship competition hosted in partnership by the Florida Afterschool Network and Communities in Schools Jacksonville.
If you have an idea for an afterschool spotlight or would like to be featured, email Holly to help share your story!
Afterschool for All Challenge: May 17-20, 2022
On May 19, we are taking to Twitter to amplify why Congress should invest in afterschool and summer learning programs. From 3PM-4PM ET, join us for a Tweetstorm by: Posting positive messages about the ways #AfterschoolWorks Thanking your...
How do you STEM?? Take this quick survey!
The Florida Afterschool Network partnered with the Million Girls Moonshot to re-imagine who can engineer, who can build, who can make. We aim to inspire and prepare the next generation of innovators by engaging one million more girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) learning opportunities through afterschool and summer programs over the next 5 years.

Please complete this survey to help us better understand how we can best support programs like yours statewide.

It should take 5-10 minutes to complete and all entries will make you eligible for a chance to win a $100 gift card.
Central Florida teacher launches nonprofit aimed at...

ORLANDO, Fla. - Patricia Bebe says she's spent more than five years teaching local fourth graders to value education, and themselves. Bebe was inspired to start a small business she called "Learning in Hues," where she worked with community...

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PBA Spotlight - After-School Allstars

PBA Spotlight is LIVE with host Jennifer Gerson with special guest, Sean Prospect, executive director of After-School Allstars in South Florida This story was brought to you by a member of the community. If you have any questions about the...

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'We care': Mental Health Awareness Month

Depression and anxiety is on the rise and it's affecting your kids. Teens have endured lockdowns, distance learning, in-person learning, masks on, then off. Combine that stress with social media pressures, civil unrest and a war half a world away.

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Grooms Family Inducted Into Florida 4-H Hall Of Fame

By Linda Chion At The Regent last month to receive one award, Carl and Dee Dee Grooms went home with recognition for two, including for their induction into the Florida 4-H Hall of Fame. "That was a great honor, I didn't see that coming," said...

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Lemon U teaches ins and outs of business to Tallahassee kids

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - It's never too early to start thinking about starting a business. At least that's the message Lemon University is sending to kids and parents. Better known as Lemon U, the workshop helps kids kick-start...

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Bend Park and Rec partners with area schools to offer...

Aiming to fill a big need in providing much-needed child care, the Bend Park and Recreation District said Monday it is teaming up with education partners to provide area students new scholarship and employment opportunities in BPRD's Kids Inc...

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FAN Public Policy Forum: Registration Now Open
We are excited to announce our second annual Public Policy Forum on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, FL, immediately before the 2022 Florida Afterschool Conference. Learn how to register:
Florida Afterschool Network Now Accepting Workshop Proposals
Florida Afterschool now accepting workshop proposals for October conference. Workshop Proposals are due May 31st. Learn more about how to get involved and submit your proposal.
Florida Rural Cohort Grant Opportunity

Purpose: To support rural school districts and community-based organizations (CBOs) working together to serve children in their communities. Objectives: To [...]

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Rethinking Career Pathways
We hosted two separate Youth Entrepreneurship panels last week in partnership with the Florida College Access Network and PrimeTime Palm Beach County. A huge shout out to our panelists who shared their expertise on why youth entrepreneurship is so important, personal impact stories, and how YE relates to developing the workforce of tomorrow. Our sessions were full and engaging. These partnership are INTENTIONAL and together we can ensure the seeds we plant today will yield a bountiful harvest for our future workforce!

Want to learn more on how you can bring youth entrepreneurship programs and resources to your OST space? We would love to connect with you and help you get started:
Using Inspiring Middle School Literacy in Afterschool...

This self-paced lesson designed for professionals in afterschool programs introduces the student lessons in the Inspiring Middle School Literacy Collection and shows how they can be used to support struggling readers and engage all students in...

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You For Youth // Health First

The sun is out, fruits and vegetables are in season, you have the luxury of time, and happy moods abound! How will your summer program be intentional in addressing students' health and wellness? What pieces of a healthy summer can be carried into ...

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Current State of STEM

Women continue to be underrepresented in the STEM workforce. Gender gaps in education pathways persist, limiting access, preparation, and career opportunities. The following resources examine the current state of STEM and provide statistical...

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Access free resources to support afterschool and summer learning in your community by visiting us online. You'll find links to Mizzen by Mott, PBS Learning Media, and more.
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