AFTERSCHOOL OBSERVER
OCTOBER 2020
ADVOCACY
STEM MATTERS
Education Matters aims to provide the public with real facts about the state of public education in North Carolina. The weekly television show explores everything from the history of public education to the impact of legislation and policy decisions on our public schools. Check out the episodes below that highlight the importance of STEM engagement, especially for girls and minorities. 

Education Matters ep. 151 STEM Funders, Business, and Industry
Education Matters Episode 151
STEM Funders, Business, and Industry

The world around us is constantly changing and so is the workforce. It is imperative that youth are afforded opportunities to learn by doing, build skills, connect with mentors and prepare for the jobs of tomorrow. Today, STEM jobs are driving global economic growth, and youth nationwide are getting opportunities to develop an interest in science and gain STEM-related skills. At the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Program's annual Synergy Conference, we were able to begin this conversation with the STEM Coalition Kickoff Panel. In this two part series, we will continue to discuss the importance of investing in STEM for youth as early as Kindergarten, developing core skills necessary for STEM career pathways, and the impact of STEM on the lives of youth and young adults. 

Guests: 
Alfred Mays, Senior Program Officer of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Ron Ottinger, Executive Director of STEM Next
Khalia Braswell, Founder and CEO of INTech Camp for Girls

Education Matters ep. 152 STEM Engagement
Education Matters Episode 152 
STEM Engagement

In the previous episode, the discussion centered around the need for ongoing STEM investments and exposure to high-quality STEM content, as early as Kindergarten. These discussions bring awareness to the need for collective strategies and intentional collaboration and partnerships within the STEM pipeline. The goal is to ensure that every child has access to high-quality STEM during school and out-of-school time. As we continue these conversations, we will engage educators and program providers, and amplify the voices of youth and young adults. On this show, they discuss with a K-12 STEM educator and a program provider about the ways in which they are preparing youth to enter a dynamic and ever-changing workforce. At the end of the show, they listen to youth and young adult participants who have benefited from high quality STEM engagement opportunities. Each voice expressed in this episode holds a unique perspective of STEM in North Carolina. 

Guests: 
Jose' Garcia, STEM Education Director of Greene County Schools
Alvin Powell, President of the Inner Banks STEM Center
Itaevia Curry-Chislom, Research Technician at Duke University
Francis Godoy, Youth Participant of the Sipnayan Math Center and Afterschool Program

To view more Education Matters Episodes, click here
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NC CAP'S STEMINAR SERIES
NC CAP has developed a series of webinars focused on STEM experiments, resources, careers, and engagement opportunities that can be leveraged by out-of-school time programs, schools, families, and communities. 

STEM SKOOL
STEM Skool is one of the country's most innovative PreK-12th grade STEM education programs. During this STEMinar, STEM Skool's founder, Ge Imoudo, discusses the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion within STEM pathways, re-imagining STEM to include other content areas, and engaging youth in high-quality STEM programming (virtual and in-person). 
STEM Skool STEMinar

CODELICIOUS
Codelicious provides a full-year computer science curriculum for grades K-12 and it contains all instructional resources that educators need to teach computer science. In this STEMinar, Codelicious' curriculum is highlighted and the supports that they have for organizations that want to implement this curriculum. It also reflects on the importance of diversity within STEM career pathways and the importance of investing in youth, especially girls and minorities, as early as Kindergarten. 

If you have an idea for a STEMinar, please complete this form with additional information. 

To learn more about the STEMinars, click here
CONVENE
JOIN THE STEM COALITION TODAY!
NC CAP is inviting individuals investing in STEM to join the STEM Coalition! No matter your role in the STEM pipeline (K-12 Education, Out-of-School Time, Business, Industry, etc.), it is an open invitation. On October 29th, 2020 at 2pm, NC CAP will host the initial STEM Coalition meeting to begin the cross-sector discussion regarding access, diversity, equity, and inclusion within STEM pathways in North Carolina. 
ADVOCACY
LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Join us to reflect, celebrate, and call attention to the afterschool programs that are so critical to youth and families during the 21st annual Lights On Afterschool. We know it has been a hard year, and Lights On will look very different this year. We have new ways for everyone to take part. 

Registration is open! Even if you are not doing a typical event, register! We will have new offerings and developments that all can take part in, no matter your circumstances or operating status. Afterschool programs are rising to the moment to support youth and families during the pandemic - from innovative virtual programming to meals to caring for children of essential workers to well-being check-ins. We need to celebrate and recognize your efforts, and call attention to the importance of afterschool supports as our nation moves ahead. 

Here's what the Lights On team is planning: 
  • A new tool to help you identify activities and promotion strategies right for you;
  • Activity ideas for virtual or in-person, small group settings;
  • Tools to showcase your program and student work virtually, on social media, or in your community via lightings, art installations, and more;
  • Plus, they are bringing back the Lightbulb Challenge on social media for its biggest year ever!
Registration kicks off with a giveaway from 4-H's STEM Challenge. Register your program to enter the drawing for 25 free Mars Base Camp Kits!

To learn more about Lights On Afterschool, click here
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COLOR OF EDUCATION VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2020
The Public School Forum of North Carolina, the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, and the Center for Child and Family Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University are excited to announce the third annual Color of Education Summit! This year, the summit will consist of a series of weekly virtual Color of Education sessions during the month of October. Each week will focus on a different theme related to race and education. The weekly event will feature an impressive group of speakers and participants representing a range of perspectives including policymakers, educators, researchers, parents, students, and others from around the state who are working in different ways to address racial inequities in North Carolina schools. 
Color of Education is a partnership between the Public School Forum of NC, the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, and the Center for Child and Family Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Color of Education seeks to build deeper connections across the fields of research, policy, and practice and bring together communities, educators, policymakers, experts, and other key stakeholders focused on developing action-oriented approaches for achieving racial equity in education across the state of North Carolina. 
ADVOCACY
ELECTION TOOLKIT
Election season presents an important opportunity to put afterschool on the radar of policy makers and the public in a visible and meaningful way. The Afterschool Alliance created an Election Toolkit that will help program providers spark conversations about afterschool with candidates for office in their local communities. Included in the toolkit are talking points, sample materials, and information on how programs can participate in the electoral process. 

To learn more about the Election Toolkit, please click here
INFORM
NYLC TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
NYLC partners with school districts, afterschool programs, and educators around the country to strengthen youth voice, ensuring students' academic success, and improving school/community relations through service learning. 

Often the outgrowth of an NYLC customized training, the NYLC technical assistance helps grow youth in civic engagement by engaging more educators and sites. Informed by decades of research, their inclusive approach can range from a semester-long to multi-year partnership. 

Their technical assistance is malleable; it is designed to meet your needs and goals. In general, professional development for educators is bolstered by leadership development for students. Ongoing coaching with NYLC's team supports instructional change at the classroom or program level, engaging students and educators in practices that foster the critical thinking skills necessary for college, career, and civic life. NYLC also works with district administrators, policy leaders, and community partners to marshal sustained support. To learn more about service learning in action, check out the video below: 

Districts in Action

Contact NYLC if you are: 
  • Committed to supporting professional development for educators and leadership development for students;
  • Interested in incorporating service learning into existing priorities, and; 
  • Interested in working with NYLC for at least one semester/season to accomplish your goals. 
For more information, contact NYLC at info@nylc.org. To learn more about NYLC and their opportunities, click here
ADVOCACY
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO ALLOW STATES GREATER FLEXIBILITY THROUGH 21ST CCLC WAIVERS
On September 3rd, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) posted a notice in the Federal Register on their intent to offer a waiver to allow State Education Agencies (SEAs) to waive the definition of Community Learning Center(s) for implementation of services during "non-school hours or periods when school is not in session (such as before and after school or during summer recess)" for 21st Century Community Learning (21st CCLC) programs in school year 2020-2021. While the notice allows for a 60 day comment period, the Department of Education has been permitted to offer and approve waivers during the comment period. State Education Agencies are expected to apply for and receive waivers as early as  September 7th, 2020. 

At this time when so many students and families urgently need more help as they adjust to virtual and hybrid schooling, afterschool programs funded through the 21st Century Community Learning Center initiative have been challenged by the inability to provide in-person and virtual supervised learning supports and programming during times when schools are operating virtually. This new waiver being offered by ED will help 21st CCLC afterschool programs meet the needs of parents, students, and schools by supplementing and complementing virtual school instruction. We are hopeful that this waiver will provide SEAs and local 21st CCLC sub-grantees with the flexibility they need to serve students including during the hours of the traditional school day when schools are no longer physically open for all students and many students still need access to safe, supervised, and well-resourced spaces to learn. 

To learn more about the waivers, click here

INFORM
INNER BANKS STEM CENTER 
The Inner Banks STEM Center (IBX STEM) is a 501c(3) nonprofit located in the Washington-Warren Airport in Washington, NC. The IBX STEM Center's objective is to expose minority, female, and under-represented youth to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) areas of study and career fields. To accomplish this objective, they engage youth by using aviation/drones, boating, robotics, and renewable energy as the "intellectual bait" to capture the youth's attention to participate in our program. They use a holistic approach to expose youth to STEM while emphasizing education to improve the quality of their life. This program also has a youth workforce development component that exposes youth to the skillsets and soft skills that will be required in the 21st Century workforce. 

To learn more about IBX STEM and their initiatives, click here
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NC CAP'S REOPENING SUPPORT & RESOURCES
In North Carolina, schools have already reopened and are serving youth in-person, virtually, or a combination of both. Out-of-school time programs are playing a vital role in supporting youth, families, and communities during this unprecedented time. To support out-of-school time providers, the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs developed a Reopening Resource page. The Reopening Resource page highlights guidance materials from local and national organizations such as the Center for Disease Control, the Afterschool Alliance, and more. It also spotlights recommendations that program providers can utilize to support and partner with schools, districts, communities, and government agencies. Additionally, the page includes creative ways to discuss COVID-19 and transform programming to a virtual landscape. 

To learn more about the Reopening Resource page, click here
INFORM
THE MIZZEN MINUTE:
THREE TIPS FOR FALL FROM MIZZEN BY MOTT
As you carry out fall programming, here are three Pro Tips that you will find in Mizzen. 

Pro Tip #1: Build Connection Before Content

Author, storyteller, and researcher BrenĂ© Brown defines connection as "the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued...and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship." For educators, some of the most fulfilling moments come from seeing students connect with one another, with an exciting activity or with the world around them. To foster connection - whether online or in-person - try asking questions like: "If you could pick up a new skill in an instant, what would it be?" or "Who's someone you really admire?" Forming strong connections is always a priority, especially right now, given the enormous changes that young people are experiencing as a result of the pandemic. In a "Zooming" world, take time to slow down and create connections, build relationships, and make time for fun. 

Pro Tip #2: Harnessing Creativity

Try a new STEM activity? Here's some great guidance from the California Academy of Sciences for harnessing curiosity. At the end of your next STEM activity, invite your students to imagine how or what they'd like to investigate next. Remind your students that scientific investigations don't just end with results - they end with more questions. Encourage ongoing curiosity, learning and lingering questions. What can you do with lingering questions?
  • Create a "question of the week" research corner and invite students to come back to research questions they have generated. 
  • Invite students to illustrate their questions and create a class-wide picture book. 
  • Use questions as a formative assessment of students' understandings. Their questions may give you a good idea of what to teach next.
These tips pair well with any STEM project, but are especially designed to complement Mizzen activities like "Carbon Cycle Role-Play," "Conservation island" and "Earth's Water" from the California Academy of Sciences. 

Pro Tip #3: Empower Youth Voice and Choice
Youth voice, leadership, and self-direction are central features of student engagement. When youth have true decision-making opportunities and are empowered to share their ideas, they're more likely to feel ownership and connection to learning. Finding ways to engage your students in decisions that matter also helps them flex their skills as decision-makers. These opportunities encourage students to become stronger leaders within, and outside, your program. Create platforms with your program and activities for youth to share their views learning and experiences. As yourself: What opportunities exist for youth to make decisions about their own learning within our program?

Download Mizzen by Mott to find these Pro Tips in full - and more than 1,000 pieces of high-quality content to engage and inspire your learners. 

 To learn more about the Mizzen app, click here
SUPPORT
THE AMERICAN DEMOCRACY GAME 
National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has designed the American Democracy Game in which youth can put themselves in the shoes of a lawmaker and find out what it is like to deal with public policy issues. Discover the different interests on each side of a public policy issue and learn how negotiation and compromise can lead to a good result. The online game, which was recently relaunched, was developed by NCSL for middle school students and includes teacher guides and information.

For additional information and to play the game, click here
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NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND MATH (NCSSM) EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

The North Carolina School of Science and Math is hosting the 20th annual Ethics and Leadership Conference on Friday, October 30th. NCSSM will host the 20th NCSSM Ethics and Leadership Conference virtually! This conference has been hosted for North Carolina students and educators since 1998. Supported by the Broyhill Foundation and the Ryden Al Program, this year's Ethics and Leadership Conference theme is Artificial Intelligence. High school students from all over are invited to register and attend this event. Interested students and their teachers can register here

Please direct all questions to elc@ncssm.edu.

NCSSM WANTS YOU TO JOIN THEIR STAFF!
The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics' (NCSSM) Summer Accelerator serves students from around the world, and as a formal or informal instructor you have the opportunity in Summer 2021 to teach in Durham, Brevard, Wilson, or online. In Summer 2020, all NCSSM Summer Accelerator programs were held online due to the pandemic. They conducted 8 weeks of programs for rising 5th-12th graders, with over 750 spots filled and the largest number of students ever served in the program. Course proposals will be due by 5pm on Friday, October 16th, 2020. NCSSM will use the following weeks to clarify proposals and budgets and announce the courses in November. Last year's schedule of courses and the public facing information about the program can be found here.

To submit your proposal, click the links below: 

If you have any questions, please contact the NCSSM Summer Programs team at summer@ncssm.edu.
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TOOLS FOR OUTREACH
As millions of families are struggling financially and cannot afford child care, afterschool programs are joining local efforts to ensure that kids have a safe place to learn every day and parents are able to work. 

Many afterschool providers have been innovating throughout the spring and summer to safely serve students 
in-person and virtually, even while struggling to keep their own doors open. These providers stand ready to partner with schools and communities to help meet the needs of our children and families, including by providing academic support, access to technology, trauma informed care, meals, and resources for families in crisis. These are challenges we can plan for and solve to keep kids safe, connected and learning -- and help parents return to work. 

Please share these graphics on your social platforms to help us reach families in need and encourage them to connect with a local afterschool program. Together, we can ensure that no children are home alone!. 

To access the graphics and the language for social media platforms, click here
INFORM
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE REGIONAL POLICY INSTITUTE
NC Collaborative for Children, Youth, and Families, NC Child, Prevent Child Abuse NC, i2i Center for Integrative Health, MomsRising, and the Foster Family Alliance of NC invites you to virtually attend their 2020 Regional Policy Institutes. There will be four institutes and you can attend one or all four. The institutes are free, but space is limited. There will be a variety of keynotes, presenters, and legislators at each of the institutes.

Triangle Area
October 26th, 2020
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Keynotes:
Youth Transition Program Director, NC Families United, Lacy Flintall
MomsRising, Sheila Arias

Advocacy 101:
Beth Messersmith, MomsRising

Legislative Panelists:
Senator Valerie Foushee, Chatham/Orange
Senator Natalie Murdock, Durham
Representative Verla Insko, Orange

Counties Include:
Wake, Johnston, Chatham, Orange, Durham, Franklin, Granville


SUBMIT YOUR LEGISLATIVE PANEL QUESTIONS
What are the issues that impact children, youth, and families that matter the most to you? Click the link below to submit up to 3 candidate questions per person.

Some ideas for topics for you to consider: Child Care, Unemployment Benefits, Substance Misuse, Child Abuse and Neglect, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Medicaid Expansion, Medicaid Transformation, Affordable Housing, Food Insecurity, School Based Mental Health, and the Response to COVID-19.
SUPPORT
AMERICA'S PROMISE ALLIANCE
HOW LEARNING HAPPENS: RESEARCH SERIES
Practitioners, policymakers, and researchers alike have embraced holistic approaches to learning and development, but how do young people perceive and experience these approaches? The How Learning Happens research series seeks to answer this question by directly engaging wiht young people about their learning experiences within school and out-of school settings. As the nation responds to COVID-19, ongoing systemic racism, and an impending economic crisis, understanding how to support the social, emotional, and cognitive development of America's young people has never been more urgent. 

To learn more information about the How Learning Happens Research Series, click here
INFORM
JOIN THE MILLION GIRLS MOONSHOT
The North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs is joining the Million Girls Moonshot, a collective impact initiative designed to increase diversity and equity in STEM. Launching now, the Million Girls Moonshot will help close the persistent gender gap in STEM fields by engaging 1 million girls across the United States in STEM pursuits through high-quality, innovative afterschool learning opportunities over the next five years. 

The Million Girls Moonshot is providing grand funding and in-kind resources such as technical assistance, access to educational resources and STEM mentors to the afterschool networks in a 50 states so they can provide high-quality, immersive STEM learning opportunities to afterschool students. In addition to grant funding, Million Girls Moonshot is providing NC CAP and other state afterschool networks with access to innovative, hands-on STEM learning programs like Intel's She Will Connect program, special curriculum from NASA, and much more. The Million Girls Moonshot is also providing afterschool programs across the nation with access to STEM experts and mentors who will not only spark girls' passion for STEM, but also support them and keep them engaged so they can pursue higher education and careers in STEM fields. 

To solve today's most pressing problems - from health pandemics, to climate change, to economic uncertainty and more - we must tap into the great potential embodied in our nation's girls. By inspiring and keeping them engaged in STEM pursuits, they can become the breakthrough scientists, inventors, builders, engineers, and entrepreneurs of tomorrow that will drive our society forward. Just as the original "Moonshots" nearly 60 years ago united the nation behind a common goal and advanced scientific achievement, so too the Million Gilrs Moonshot will "move the needle" and truly change the trajectory of women and girls in STEM in the U.S. 

To learn more about the Million Girls Moonshot initiative, click here
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ENGINEERING DESIGN CHALLENGES THREE-PART SERIES LED BY TECHNOVISION
Over three hour-long sessions this fall with Technovation, participants will become an expert in leading engineering design challenges online that help students develop engineering mindsets: (1) use the engineering design process; (2) envision multiple solutions; (3) evaluate and iterate; (4) persist and learn from failure; and (5) work in teams. Get ready for hands-on building during each session. Participants will be a part of a supportive learning community. 

If you are looking for a way to step up your STEAM game in a fun and active way with your kids, this is for you. Help them think like engineers to build solutions to any sort of problem! These three sessions are for program staff (directors, STEM specialists, and facilitators) working with kids in grades 4 through 8. 

Registration Links: 
Session 1: Thursday, October 29th at 3pm EST - Registration Link
Session 2: Thursday, November 19th at 3pm EST - Registration Link
Session 3: Thursday, December 10th at 3pm EST - Registration Link
ADVOCACY
USDA EXTENDS CHILD NUTRITION FLEXIBILITY THROUGH DECEMBER 31ST, 2020
On August 31st, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will extend several school meal flexibilities through as late as December 31st, 2020. The flexibilities allow summer meal program operators, including community based afterschool providers, to continue serving free meals to all children into the fall months. The announcement means that the same meal waivers and flexibility that allowed almost half of all afterschool providers to provide meals to families this pas spring will continue into the fall. 

The waiver extension means that community learning centers, learning hubs, and other afterschool and school-age care providers offering in-person supervised learning to students during virtual school days will be able to provide meals to those students in their care. Specifically, USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) extended a suite of nationwide waivers for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) through the end of 2020, or until available funding runs out. This includes: 
  • Allowing SFSP and SSO meals to be served in all areas at no cost to families; 
  • Permitting meals to be served outside of the typically-required group settings and meal times; 
  • Waiving meal pattern requirements as necessary; and
  • Allowing parents and guardians to pick-up meals for their children. 
Collectively, these flexibilities ensure meal options for children continue to be available so children can access meals under all circumstances. USDA stated that they are taking this "unprecedented action" to respond to the needs of its stake holders, who have shared concerns about continuing to reach those in need without enlisting the help of traditional summer sites located throughout communities across the US. The Afterschool Alliance joined more than 1,300 organizations in calling on USDA to extend the waivers into the new school  year. Additionally, a bipartisan groups of Senators and Representatives reached out to USDA calling on them to extend the waivers. 

Importantly, the summer meal program waiver extensions announced today are based on current data estimations. Over the past six months, partners across the country have stood up nearly 80,000 sites, handing out meals at a higher reimbursement rate than the traditional school year program. USDA has continuously recalculated remaining appropriated funds to determine how far they may be able to provide waivers into the future, as Congress did not authorize enough funding for the entire 2020-2021 school year. Reporting activities are delayed due to States responding to the pandemic; however based upon the April data USDA projects that it could offer this extension, contingent on funding, for the remaining months of 2020. USDA will continue to actively monitor this rapidly evolving situation. 

To learn more about the flexibilities, click here

INFORM
ASHEVILLE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE: ASK A SCIENTIST SERIES 
Every Tuesday, the Asheville Museum of Science hosts the "Ask a Scientist" series, which gives viewers the opportunity to ask questions and chat with real scientists! Scientists will prepare answers to the questions and on Friday, viewers can ask over a live chat! 

To view previous episodes of the series, check out the Asheville Museum of Science YouTube channel. To ask a question, email the Asheville Museum of Science at edu@ashevillescience.org or post your questions on their social media!

To learn more about implementing other STEM opportunities in North Carolina, click here
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THE AFTERSCHOOL ALLIANCE WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU
How is COVID-19 affecting your program this fall? We need your help to continue to tell the story of the ways in which COVID-19 is impacting your program and the kids and families you serve. By taking the Afterschool Alliance's short survey, you are lifting up challenges programs face as the pandemic continues, and, more importantly, your answers will raise awareness of the short and long-term effects of COVID-19 on the afterschool field. 

Take the survey now and have a chance to win a $50 gift card! Five winners will be selected at random each week the survey is open. 

This is Wave 3 of the Afterschool in the Time of COVID-19 tracking survey, with findings from previous waves shared with federal policymakers and featured in publications such as Education Week and Youth Today. Add your voice to the more than 1,000 program providers who have stepped up to answer the call for help!

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes of your time and your responses will be anonymous. The survey will close 11:59 pm PDT, Monday, October 26th, 2020. 

Thank you for haring information about your afterschool and summer programs! Start the survey by clicking the button below. 

If you need assistance completing the survey, please contact Lydia Redway at redway@edgeresearch.com. If you would like more information about the research, please contact Nikki Yamashiro at nyamashiro@afterschoolalliance.org. 
INFORM
50 STATE AFTERSCHOOL NETWORK ANNOUNCES A THREE PART SERIES: MIZZEN AND QUALITY SYSTEMS 

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT
NC CAP wants to highlight your program!
The North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs would like to highlight program successes statewide. Tell us about your program and you might be our Program Spotlight in the next edition of the Afterschool Observer or on Social Media. Click the Program Spotlight below to be redirected to the updated survey link to tell us about your program. 
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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

The After School Advantage Program is a signature education program and flagship community involvement initiative. The program is devoted to providing young people with access to technology in a safe, nurturing afterschool environment, whole promoting opportunities in digital learning centers in varying communities. Applications are accepted on rolling basis.

The Aldi Smart Kids program partners with organizations that make positive impact on the health and wellness of youth. The mission of the organization should support youth through education, arts, athletics, or any other program that inspires them to be active and healthy. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Cisco donates networking technology to qualified nonprofit organizations to help them realize significant gains in productivity, scalability, and cost-efficiency. The Cisco Product Grant Program focuses on the social investment areas such as critical human needs, access to education, and economic empowerment. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

The Cornell Douglas Foundation offers small grants to non-profit organizations that work to advocate for environmental health and justice, promote stewardship, and encourage respect for sustainability. With grant amounts averaging $10,000, the Foundation supports programs in environmental health, sustainability, and education for elementary and high school students. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

The Costco Charitable Contributions Committee oversees charitable donations to nonprofit organizations focusing on supporting children, education, and health and human services. Award amounts vary, and previous grants have gone to organizations such as United Way, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, and the Red Cross. Grant-giving focuses on communities in the markets where Costco does business. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations who help students who are below grade level or having trouble reading are eligible to apply. Grant funding is provided to assist in the following areas: (1) implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs, (2) purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives, and (3) purchasing books, materials, or software for literacy programs.

The Kars4Kids Small Grant Program is dedicated to supporting educational initiatives and youth development programs in the country. Kars4Kids provides year-round educational and mentoring opportunities and support to develop youth into productive and engaged members of society. Areas of interest include youth development, mentoring, and education. Grants range from $500 to $2000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

The Public Welfare Foundation offers grants to groups that work to advance fair, effective, community-based justice for all youth across the country, particularly those geared towards fighting the criminalization and incarceration of youth of color. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Triangle Community Foundation is made up of over 800 philanthropic funds, which are used in a variety of ways to provide support for nonprofit organizations. Grants from the Foundation are made in two ways: (1) from discretionary grant programs and (2) through donor-advised grants.  

The Craft Ventures Fund will support craft communities throughout the United States and their creative responses to COVID-19. These one-time, unrestricted grants of $5,000 will be disbursed to craft-based education projects that seed resilience, foster community, and amplify impact. Applications are due October 31st, 2020

The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation awards grants to organizations for whom a small amount of money can make a big difference. The Foundation welcomes requests from museums, cultural and performing arts programs, schools, hospitals, educational and skills training programs, programs for youth, seniors, and the handicapped; environmental and wildlife protection activities and other community-based organizations and their programs. Applications are due by November 10th, 2020. 

Westinghouse Charitable Giving Program provides financial support to communities in one or more strategic areas of giving including: education with a focus on STEM, environment sustainability, and community safety and vitality. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 
MISSION
To influence policy and serve as a catalyst, convener, and clearinghouse for afterschool programs through advocacy, professional development, and quality improvement. 

VISION
High quality afterschool programs accessible to all North Carolina children and youth helping them to succeed in and out of school. 
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