August 2020
Results from the National Afterschool Alliance Survey
Earlier this summer, the Afterschool Alliance issued the first in a series of surveys to gauge the impact of COVID-19 on afterschool programming across the nation. This first round of surveys yielded interesting results. Some highlights from Iowa’s responses included:
  • Following stay at home orders, 43% of programs closed completely, 38% remained physically open in some capacity and 20% began offering a virtual option for students.
  • At the time of this survey, 70% of respondents felt optimistic or neutral about the future of their program in a time of COVID-19.
  • 82% of respondents applied for and received loan assistance to help keep their program running.
To learn more about the state of afterschool programming in all 50 states and to see full survey results, please click here to read the full write up from the Afterschool Alliance.
Youth Service Learning Week of Activities

Volunteer Iowa invites you to participate in a conversation about youth volunteerism and service-learning with in your organization during the week of 9/11. They hope to gather a fuller understanding of what works well when conducting youth programs and what needs organizations across Iowa have in this area from this conversation. Please take this survey to report your program's current status with youth service learning.
Coaches Corner
We regret to inform you that the CIOST program will be ending on September 30th, 2020. It has been an honor to work with this team, and we know that the impact the coaches had on their sites will be lasting. If you have any questions or comments about the end of the CIOST program, please reach out to Crystal Hall at
View the CIOST Re-Imagined Webinars!
Missed out on one of the CIOST Re-Imagined Webinars, or just want to revisit one you really liked? These webinars have been complied here on the CIOST website for your convenience.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

As schools start across the state, we hope to continue to offer resources for afterschool sites to promote equity, diversity and inclusion in their programming. This month, we are sharing anti-bias education resources from ADL. These "crafting and conversation" ideas include mask making, creating self portraits, identifying symbols to portray unity and love, film festivals and so much more. Please visit this article to learn more.
Coming Soon - The FY21 RFA
The Iowa Department of Education will be releasing the FY21 21st Century Community Learning Centers Request For Applications (RFA) in September. We will be offering virtual technical assistance sessions this fall to help with application writing. Keep an eye out for further updates and the official release. If you have any questions, please contact Crystal Hall at and check out the 21CCLC website for more info here.

Summer Activity Guide Evaluation
Earlier this summer, we shared resources for summer activities supplied by the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network. They are now looking for participants to take a survey regarding the resources provided, and how they can be improved for future summer learning programming. Please click here to take their survey!
COVID-19 Resources for the Afterschool Field

New COVID-19 resources have been released by the Afterschool Alliance! Please click the button below to access the Alliance's COVID-19 Toolkit.
Grant Opportunities
Alfred E. Friend, Jr., W4CF, Educational Activities Fund
With the recent derecho, the need for more radio operators became evident as power and phone connections were down across the state. The Alfred E. Friend, Jr., W4CF, Educational Activities Fund provides annual grants for educational programs and activities of amateur radio organizations, with special emphasis on projects involving youth and teacher development. Eligible projects include explorations and ongoing education related to wireless; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); and radio technology. Preference is given to applicants with local radio club participation and supported by community fundraising. The fund is administered by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Foundation.
Organizations with a focus on educating, licensing, and supporting amateur radio activities are eligible to apply. Youth-based projects and initiatives are encouraged. Applications must be submitted online.

Grants up to $3,000 will be awarded. The deadline to apply is October 1, annually. Please click here to learn more.
Hunter's Fund
Hunter’s Fund invests in young people (16-25) who have a project, idea, or passion that needs funding. Preference is given to applications in the areas of music, performing arts, computer science and entrepreneurship. Grant awards can range from $500 to $5,000. All grantees are partnered with an appropriate mentor to encourage their progress and growth as they move towards their goals. Applications are reviewed and accepted twice a year with application deadlines of June 15 and November 15. Click here to learn more.
Victor C. Clark Youth Incentive Program
At the request of the family of the late Victor C. Clark, W4KFC, the ARRL Foundation established the Victor C. Clark Youth Incentive Program, with the objective of providing support for the development of Amateur Radio among high-school age (or younger) youth.  

Groups that qualify for mini-grants will include, but not be limited to, high school radio clubs, youth groups, and general-interest radio clubs that sponsor subgroups of young people or otherwise make a special effort to get them involved in club activities. Minigrants, not to exceed $1000 per grant, will be made for such projects as securing equipment for antennas for club stations, purchasing training materials, supporting local service projects that bring favorable public exposure, and similar activities. Preference will be given to projects for which matching funds are raised locally.

Applications are accepted year round. Please click here to learn more.
Professional Development Opportunities
IAA Impact Conference
The annual Impact Conference is back - and will be fully virtual this year! Save the date for September 30 - October 2, 2020. More information, and a link to registration will open soon. Check out the Impact Conference page on the IAA website here for the basics of what the conference offers you.
Out of School Time Professional Development Center
The Out of School Time Professional Development Center provides Out of School Time training to OST professionals. The classes provide in-depth curriculum and certificates. If you or your staff are interested in signing up for courses visit the Out-of-School Time website. Check out the entire course catalog here
Great Content on Y4Y!
You 4 Youth is a free online professional development site that is designed to support 21CCLC program staff, but is a valuable tool for any afterschool professional looking to build their skills! Recently, Y4Y has rolled out a whole module on literacy. Click here to register.
Afterschool Alliance Webinars
The Afterschool Alliance offers webinars on a wide range of topics, from policy and the new Every Student Succeeds Act, to STEM and Social-Emotional Learning. Find out more on their webinars website
Iowa Child Care Training Registry
Find professional development for school-age programming on the State of Iowa Child Care Training Registry on topics ranging from health and safety to developmentally appropriate programming. Find out more online.
National AfterSchool Association PD Resources
NAA provides afterschool professionals with resources to stay up-to-date on the latest topics in afterschool and summer learning.

Find out more on their website here
Resources for STEM Programming
The Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) provides background information that is useful for the development of STEM programming. Find out more on their website.
The Afterschool Tech Toolkit aims to empower afterschool professionals and educators with strategies and training so they can provide students with access to technology outside of classroom hours. It includes training modules on getting started, training staff, accessing technology and devices, and more. Take a look at the toolkit here.  
BOOST Conference & Online Professional Development
April 27 - April 30, 2021; Palms Springs, CA
Join the largest, most recognized and comprehensive global convening for after school, expanded learning, and out-of-school time professionals. Set in a retreat-like atmosphere, this annual, extraordinary event will rejuvenate your passion, boost your direction for quality programming and provide tools and resources that will inspire you to create change.

Registration opens soon. For more information, visit the conference's website.

BOOST also provides free online professional development. Click here to check it out.