May 2021
21CCLC Summer Workshop
June 8th, 2021
Join us on Tuesday, June 8 for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Summer Workshop. With awesome guest speakers, this workshop is the perfect opportunity for professional development. This workshop is open to everyone, including non-21CCLC sites. Register to attend here! If you would like to view a detailed agenda for the day, please click here.
STEM Summer Camps
Southeast Iowa STEM has compiled a list of STEM summer camps available in eastern Iowa as well as virtual camps accessible to youth across the state. Camps range in duration and price, and serve various age groups. Many camps begin in early June, so please pass along to families, or sign your youth up now! To view the list of programs, please click the button below.
CultureALL Passport to Iowa
For more than fifteen years, CultureALL has been connecting students of all ages with the cultures in our communities. They present a wide variety of programs, featuring more than 65 culturally authentic Ambassadors living in Iowa.

Give students an experience to meet their neighbors who come from other cultures, religions, traditions, and beliefs. CultureALL Passport to Iowa is an entertaining, fast-paced video that introduces students to Mexican music, Thai culture, the Jewish religion, New Zealand sports and more – all from people who live right here in Iowa. View the video here!
Survey: Expanding AmeriCorps Service
The Iowa Afterschool Alliance is exploring the possibility of creating a year-round AmeriCorps program that would place AmeriCorps members in communities that are creating or expanding their after school programs to help youth recover from COVID-19. To move forward, it is important to understand the level of interest in this program from the field.

Please complete this brief interest survey to help us design the program.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Britney Samuelson at
International Summit on
Student Voice
The International Summit on Student Voice occurs on June 24th and 25th with virtual and on-demand sessions! This summit brings together youth and youth voice advocates to discuss the future of youth voice. Attendees will be provided with practices, tools and tactics to build public support and acknowledgement of youth voice.

Students, families, afterschool programs, youth-serving organizations, educators and more are encouraged to attend. To register, please click the button below!
Sylvan Learning Summer Supports
As a community partner, Sylvan Learning of Iowa has successfully engaged K-8 grade students in reading, writing, math, science, and STEM camps over the years. These camps provide many social-emotional learning opportunities with hands-on, project-based learning. Sylvan also offers an in-depth reading and math tutoring course called Ace It. The 30-hour Ace It course has proven to fill the gaps in learning skills along with STAR pre- and post-assessment tests to record progress.  
For middle school and high school students, Sylvan’s Advanced Study Skills program draws upon the findings of a broad range of research, including the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. The Sylvan Advanced Study Skills program is designed to meet the needs of students who may have struggles with time management, organization, general reading, study, test preparation, and writing and research strategies. The program also includes support with digital literacy skills to help students be thoughtful, responsible citizens in the digital age. Finally, the program provides support for college bound high school students in order to help them tackle the college application process and prepare for the rigors of life beyond high school.
In addition to the Advanced Study Skills program, Sylvan also offers many college prep courses including boot camps and complete ACT and SAT prep courses.    
Please contact Karen Baldon at, 515-802-8420, for more information.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Act for Youth has released a comprehensive article to help you address inclusivity in your program, and how to engage youth in building an inclusive environment. This article contains resources to evaluate your own bias, teach youth about bias and address bias in your program, as well as anti-bias activities for your youth. To check out this article, please click here.
Professional Development Opportunities
2021 National Family Engagement Summit
The 2021 National Family Engagement Summit will occur October 13th-15th in Norfolk and will be hosted by Successful Innovations, Inc. in partnership with the National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement. There are options to attend in-personally or virtually. You can read more about this summit and register to attend here.
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.