MARCH 2020
NC CAP has partnered with the nationally recognized training agency, Leading To Change, to provide a highly interactive and informative grant writing workshop! 

Forget the boring, painful, mind-numbing grant writing training that you've heard about. This is the REAL stuff - but with humor, an edge, and lots of chocolate. Designed by REAL Grant Writers and Reviewers, this training focuses on giving you REAL insider tools and techniques to increase your competitiveness immediately on your next grant application!

This one-time professional development  workshop will be offered on Monday, March 23rd, 2020 from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro. The cost to attend this workshop is typically $179 per person, but has been discounted to only $25 per person. Registration closes on Wednesday, March 18th. Space is limited. You can register here
Regular Registration is now open for the annual SYNERGY CONFERENCE! We hope you will join us on April 29th - May 1st, 2020 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, NC. 
You can register here by March 28th, 2020 for the regular rate of $225. Late registration will begin March 29th, 2020 at the rate of $250.

Afterschool, before school and summer programs that have never attended the Synergy Conference are being offered a special rate. If your program/organization has never attended or participated in the Synergy Conference, staff can register to attend at the rate of $175. Please send a registration request for this discounted rate to In your email, please include your program/organization name and the names of staff that are registering. 

We will continue the conference trend of engaging keynotes, a plethora or workshops, and networking with providers from across the state. 

Keynote Speaker Spotlight

Greg Jackson will be this year's keynote speaker. Greg prides himself on being an  adopted Charlottean and a father to three beautiful girls. During the protest and riots in Charlotte after the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, Greg engaged in crucial conversations that altered the trajectory of his life.  Eventually, he  founded the non-profit Heal Charlotte, which initially  helped train police officers on how to effectively communicate with members of the community during volatile situations, and has since resulted in the creation of an after-school program for at-risk youth in his northeast Charlotte neighborhood  of Orchard Trace Condominiums. Serving the community as a bridge of communication continuously motivates Greg to improve Charlotte and create positive relationships between law enforcement and youth.  In his  words  "If everybody did a little, no one will have to do a lot".  Since founding Heal Charlotte, Greg has been the recipient of awards such as the MLK Gold Medallion Award and NC CAP's After School C hampion Award. To learn more about Heal Charlotte, click here

This year, we have a full slate of 64 workshops with a range of topics within each of our workshop strands.

The SYNERGY CONFERENCE 2020 has a hotel block at the Sheraton Greensboro at 
Four Seasons for the discounted rate of $147/night.  You can make hotel reservations  here.   Hotel reservations must be made by 5pm on April 7th to get the discounted rate. Please make your hotel reservations as soon as possible to secure your room

Check out the Synergy Conference 2020 page periodically for additional conference details.

We hope to see you in Greensboro!
The NC Center for Afterschool Programs is inviting Synergy Conference 2020 attendees to register to attend a First Aid CPR Certification Course. The certification will be offered as a workshop during Workshop Block E on Friday, May 1st, 2020 from 10:30 am - 11:45 am. Participation in this certification course during the Synergy Course requires an additional fee as required by the CPR certification instructor. For Synergy Conference attendees, the fee has been discounted to $25. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. 

American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) First Aid CPR AED course will cover a variety of topics to prepare you for your most common injury. The course will cover Emergencies such as seizures, choking, allergies, how to control bleeding, sprains, burns, animal & insect bites, heat stroke, hypothermia and more. The course will also cover how to respond to an unresponsive adult, child or infant with the use of CPR and an AED.  Each participant will leave this course with a CPR Certification, CPR manual, and a key chain mask!  Pre-r egistration for this CPR Certification Course will end on March 31st, 2020. Pre-register here
For this year's Synergy Conference, the NC Center for Afterschool Programs will include youth voices in the conversation about the value of out-of-school time programs for the state of North Carolina. Youth panelists will discuss their experiences in afterschool, before school and summer programs and how their engagement in those programs help them discover who they are and what they love to do. 

Ideal youth panelist are active or recently graduated participants of out-of-school time programs from across the state. Potential panelists can be between the ages of five (5) and twenty (20) years old. The Youth Panel will occur during the Lunch and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 30th, 2020 between 11:30am and 1:30pm. Each panelist will be provided a list of potential questions prior to the conference. Selected youth will be awarded a gift card for their contribution to the Synergy Conference 2020 Lunch and Awards Ceremony. 

If you have any youth that would be a perfect fit for the Youth Panel at the Synergy Conference 2020, please nominate them here Parent permission slips will be required upon selection of panelists. Nominations for the Youth Panel will close on April 3rd, 2020.
The NC Center for Afterschool Programs is accepting nominations for the 2020 Afterschool Champions. Nominees should demonstrate outstanding work in developing, supporting and promoting high-quality afterschool and out-of-school time programs to benefit youth and families statewide.

Afterschool Champion Award categories are below, followed by the nomination form. The deadline to submit nominations is March 20th. Selected award recipients will be recognized during the lunch and award ceremony at the Synergy Conference 2020 on Thursday, April 30th.

This award spotlights an individual, program, or organization whose life or mission has demonstrated outstanding work in developing, supporting and promoting high-quality afterschool and out-of-school time programs to benefit youth and families. Nominees should have more than five (5) years of experience.

This award spotlights an individual, program, or organization whose life or mission has demonstrated considerable work in developing, supporting and promoting high-quality afterschool and out-of-school time programs to benefit youth and families. Nominees should have between two (2) and five (5) years of experience.

A letter of recommendation or support should accompany every nomination. 
**Note: For a program nomination, a letter of support must be from a youth program participant or parent.
"For the fourth year in a row, President Trump is proposing to eliminate the principal federal  funding stream for afterschool programs, ending the federal investment in afterschool and summer learning programs and closing down the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative - which was renamed Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers in a bipartisan vote late last year. 

If Congress agrees to the President's FY2021 budget proposal, afterschool programs serving 1.7 million children will lose the funding they need. Young children will be left without adult
supervision. Vital learning opportunities in STEM and other disciplines will be lost. Students
will miss out on opportunities to work in teams, engage with mentors, and explore college and careers. Working parents will be forced to choose between paychecks and their children's safety. Healthy habits of eating and exercise will be sacrificed.

The President's proposal is a lose-lose-lose that threatens children, families, and communities
nationwide. In making this proposal, the White House is ignoring decades of research
demonstrating the many ways afterschool programs help students succeed in school and in life.

In each of the last three budget cycles, Congress rejected this proposal - twice when both
chambers were controlled by the President's own party. Yet still, the White House is again
taking aim at a program essential to students, families and communities across America. States, which have been administering the 21st CCLC program for nearly 20 years, are already preparing their next round of competition for grants.

To learn more about the Proposed Budget, click here
To see how the budget impacts North Carolina, click here

Policymakers in Congress will decide whether local programs will remain open or close their doors. Your advocacy has saved 21st Century Community Learning Centers before. To learn more about how you can take action, click here.

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The purpose of the 21st CCLC program is to provide federal funds to establish or expand community learning centers that operate during out-of-school time hours with three specific purposes:
  1. Provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students (particularly students in high poverty areas and those who attend low-performing schools) meet state and local student performance standards in core academic subjects such as reading and mathematics.
  2. Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities, such as: youth development activities; service learning; nutrition and health education; drug and violence prevention programs; counseling programs; arts, music, physical fitness and wellness programs; technology education programs; financial literacy programs; environmental literacy programs; mathematics, science, career and technical programs; internship or apprenticeship programs; and other ties to an in-demand industry sector or occupation for high school students that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students.
  3. Offer families of students served by 21st CCLCs opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children's education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development.
Any public or private organization wanting to provide out-of-school time programs for K-12 students in North Carolina is eligible to apply for a 21st CCLC grant.  

Applications are due March 30th, 2020. 
To view the RFP slideshow, click here.

To learn more about the 21st Century CCLC Grants, click here
The Lights On Afterschool poster contest is a great opportunity for afterschool programs to gain national recognition for the opportunities it offers. The winning artist will be featured on the Afterschool Alliance website, blog, and a national press release, and their afterschool program will be credited on the poster in addition to receiving the grand prize of $500!

Afterschool Alliance encourages all program participants to submit artwork that celebrates afterschool programs and conveys the importance of keeping the lights on after school. The Afterschool Alliance wants your students to tell the world what afterschool means to them!

Tips to create a winning design
Youth participants should demonstrate artistically how afterschool program has benefited their lives. They should think about what happens in your afterschool program. Dancing, singing, robotics, reading, sports, learning how to play an instrument-these things can be portrayed in abstract or realistic renderings.  Encourage students to use bright, bold markers or paint to bring life to their images and make it possible for us to scan the artwork into a digital file. 

Be sure to submit all artwork on 11" x 14" size paper. Art and office supply stores always have this size paper on hand. This allows the Afterschool Alliance to properly fit the image into their final poster template. Anything smaller than an 11" x14", or with different proportions, will make the image impossible to use. 

Because the image will be used to promote Lights On Afterschool events nationally, avoid using a specific program name within the submission. It is not required that the winning design includes the words Lights On Afterschool within the image; Afterschool Alliance will  make sure the Lights On logo is included in the final poster image. If artists choose to include the phrase Lights On Afterschool in their designs, make sure "afterschool" is written as one word, consistent with the national branding of the celebration.

The deadline for submissions is April 29, 2020.   To learn more about the 2020 Lights On Afterschool Poster Contest, click here .  

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The North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP) is embarking on exciting new work to expand the amount of STEM opportunities in afterschool programs. High quality afterschool programs have shown to increase student academic performance, behavioral improvements and have been a factor in supporting regular school attendance. To increase these types of opportunities for children and youth throughout the state, it is necessary to develop partnerships and identify resource gaps. The STEM Afterschool Expansion VISTA will increase access to high-quality afterschool programs focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields for youth statewide, particularly those that are growing up in poverty, and establish a community support system that links established afterschool programs with potential partners and STEM resources. This position is based in Raleigh, NC.  

The Arc After School Program, which is a partnership between the  Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region and Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, hosted NC State University students with the Goodnight Scholars Program at Bailey Elementary. Students participated in an engaging STEM activity using Hexbug Nanos. They designed a maze that a Nano Bug could successfully navigate with most elements and in the shortest time possible. 
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. 
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund application for the 2020 Student STEM Enrichment Program (SSEP) grant awards is open. SSEP supports diverse programs with a common goal: to enable primary and secondary students to participate in creative, hands-on STEM activities for K-12 students and pursue inquiry-based exploration in BWF's home state of North Carolina. These awards provide up to $60,000 per year for three years. The application deadline is  April 15th, 2020 .  

The goals of these grants are to: empower youth by providing hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities; inspire youth and communities to become agents of change for their environment; serve as a catalyst for education that uses the environment as a context for applied and STEM learning. The application deadline is July 15th, 2020.

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, (3) purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs.

Facebook's Engineer for a Week aims to demystify the world of tech by empowering students to build a working tech prototype while developing computer science skills. We believe that all students have the ability to learn to code and we hope to increase access in historically under-served  environments where technology is limited. Through project-based experiences, EFTW hopes to inspire the next generation of diverse engineers.

The    Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is offering funding of up to $500 to design and implement a creative program for your school or library! Public schools, public libraries, and public preschool programs are encouraged to apply.   Previous successful projects have included a public story walk, a multicultural portrait project, 
a school garden, a bookmaking workshop, and an inter-generational storytelling day. The application deadline is March 31st, 2020.

The Sparkplug Foundation funds start-up organizations and new projects of established organizations in music, education, and community organizing. Their particular focus is on "the development of democratic movements and communities, especially those that work on issues of local democracy, justice, and sustainable energy.

The Triangle Community Foundation is made up of hundreds of philanthropic funds which are used in a variety of ways to provide support for nonprofit organizations and scholarships for individuals. Throughout their history, they have awarded millions of dollars in grants. 
To influence policy and serve as a catalyst, convener, and clearinghouse for afterschool programs through advocacy, professional development, and quality improvement. 

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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