AFTERSCHOOL OBSERVER
APRIL 2023
CELEBRATE
NORTH CAROLINA SCIENCE FESTIVAL
The North Carolina Science Festival is a month long celebration of science that takes place every April and all over our state. Each year, the Festival celebrates hundreds of events focused on fun, interactive science learning opportunities. Students, families, friends, STEM professionals, teachers, volunteers can all enjoy events taking place throughout North Carolina.

This Festival cultivates a positive environment that inspires children to pursue science-related careers and encourages businesses to invest in North Carolina. In an era when recent reports indicate that the United States is losing ground as the world leader in science and technology, and fewer students than ever are seeking careers in science and technology, the Festival energizes our state’s efforts to respond to these challenges.

Ultimately, scientists just want everyone to know what they know -- science is fun and for everyone!

Find events and opportunities near you through the North Carolina Science Festival's Website
CONVENE
2023 EVERY HOUR COUNTS NATIONAL CONFERENCE
At the 2023 Every Hour Counts National Conference, Let’s Make Waves!, you are invited to gather to discuss what’s possible to engage, empower, and support young people. Participants will explore how to develop community-wide solutions with young people and leaders from across communities. Join forward-thinking leaders—intermediary leaders, community providers, school district representatives, policymakers, funders, researchers, and youth on May 30-June 1, 2023 in West Palm Beach, FL, to make some waves. Every Hour Counts network leaders who represent 28 communities, 3,500 school and community partnerships and reach 500,000 young people, will share successes, challenges, strategies, and resources to build stronger learning systems that holistically support children and youth.
INFORM
THE PUBLIC SCHOOL FORUM OF NORTH CAROLINA IS HIRING
The Center is seeking a new full-time Program Manager to be based in western NC, specifically in or around Buncombe County and the greater Asheville area, to work directly with partner school districts in this area as they join a growing movement of educators creating trauma-informed schools.

This full-time position provides an incredible opportunity to become immersed in the interplay of trauma and learning and to actively contribute to the expansion of a growing and significant program. The ideal candidate will have experience as an educator, classroom teacher, school student services personnel, or have other previous work experience in schools; a passion for this topic and for serving children and families; strong interpersonal skills; an understanding of schools and school culture; leadership skills to work independently; and experience in public speaking and leading meetings with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Candidates should have an interest in working on systems change to promote the expansion of trauma-informed, safe and supportive learning environments that can improve educational and life outcomes for all students. 
ADVOCATE
GLOBAL YOUTH SERVICE DAY - APRIL 28-30
Celebrating 35 years of youth changing the world, Global Youth Service Day (April 28-30, 2023) is the longest-running annual youth participation event in the world and the only one that asks all youth ages 5-25 to find meaning and purpose by working together for the common good.

Lead Awareness, Service, Advocacy, or Philanthropy projects to achieve the Global Goals. Use this tipsheet to choose an ASAP project. Then, use the Kids in Action Guide (ages 5-12) or the Youth Changing the World Toolkit (ages 13+ and available in Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Russian) to plan your project.
INFORM
ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO JOIN THE YOUTH MEDIA SQUAD
Media Power Youth is inviting high school students entering grades 9 through 12 in fall of 2023 to join its youth advisory board. As a member of our "Youth Media Squad", students will have the opportunity to meet other teen leaders from across the county while building advocacy skills. Students will explore technology trends and their impact on well-being, provide feedback on youth programs, and learn more about potential career fields, including education, psychology, public health, and STEM. Check out this link to more information and the application. The deadline to apply is April 17th.

Please share this flyer with any students who might be interested

If anyone has any questions about this opportunity, please reach out to Jennie Roy by email
SUPPORT
PEAR DIMENSIONS OF SUCCESS TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION
Developed by PEAR, the Dimensions of Success (DoS), is a research-based observation tool that measures the quality of students’ STEM learning experiences. The DoS training and certification process involves a two-day live webinar training, completion of video calibration exercises, a one-hour live calibration session, and successful completion of two practice observations in the field. Certification is provided at no cost Network and program leads affiliated with the Moonshot.

April 20, 2023 10:00am-4:00pm EST
(Registration deadline is April 6th)

NC CAP STEM CORNER
RECRUIT STEM EXPERTS AS VOLUNTEERS
Less than 50% of high school girls know a woman in a STEM career. Let’s change that - recruit STEM professionals to support the youth you serve today! 

The Million Girls Moonshot helps to connect STEM experts with OST programs! Share your program’s volunteer opportunities for STEM experts to work with your youth today! Register here to find role models and mentors in STEM.
PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT
NC CAP WANTS TO HIGHLIGHT YOUR PROGRAM!
Higher Academia is a non-profit, woman- and minority-owned organization established in 2012. Their mission is “to empower at-risk youth and their families through education, mentoring, and tutoring. Their programs are developed to motivate and support the achievement of academic excellence and social responsibility through building self-esteem and educational competence”.

Higher Academia Inc. only serves middle School and high school students from Polk County. They work closely with the schools’ teachers and principals, as well as Superintendent, Mr. Aaron Greene, to target and support our county’s at-risk students in need of direct educational assistance. Where feasible, they also align themselves with county agencies to make a greater impact on removing barriers that prevent youth from reaching their full potential. Our occasional donors, volunteers, and Board members are predominantly residents of Polk County and have a vested interest in the success of our educational programs.

Students work with tutors who are teachers or experienced tutors with college degrees or certificates of competency in the fields with which they assist. The hours of operation are from 3:00-6:00pm Monday - Thursday. Occasionally, tutors may meet with enrolled students during the school day in order to accommodate students who may have jobs or participate in clubs/sports/etc. after school.   

Higher Academia, Inc currently serves a core group of middle and high school students who need additional academic support in order to successfully complete assignments and projects. Currently, 54% of the students served have specific Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) or 504 Plans; 23% of the students have attended summer school and/or been retained; and 15% of the students are Academically-Intellectually Gifted. All of these students need assistance with organizational skills and time management skills, in addition to academic help. Higher Academia, Inc is able to provide valuable, one-on-one or small group support for these students to meet their individual needs. 
SUPPORT
IVY COMMUNITY SERVICE FOUNDATION OF CARY - REQUEST FOR ARTS GRANT PROPOSALS
The Ivy Community Service Foundation of Cary (ICSFC) is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission to enhance the quality of life for communities through program development and financial support in the areas of arts, education, economics, family, and health.

ICSFC will award mini-grants to non-profit organizations that provide or expand access to the arts for underserved or low-resource communities and families. Organizations that received this grant in 2022 are not eligible to receive this grant in 2023. Eligible projects must serve individual participants or a collective group. These grants are eligible to fund special projects or programs or provide ongoing program support for initiatives that reflect the organization’s commitment to community outreach.

Grant proposals are welcome in fine arts, performing arts, visual arts, digital media, and creative writing from afterschool programs serving Wake County. Grant funds may not be used for operational and administrative expenses such as rent, utilities, marketing, staff development, etc.

Up to $1500 each will be awarded to agency(ies) submitting fundable proposals. Funding requests must be received by April 12, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. to be eligible for consideration. Grant awards will be announced by May 19, 2023.
Funding requests and accompanying documents must be emailed as a single attachment to ICSFGrants@gmail.com and should not exceed five (5) single-spaced pages, excluding the documents described in the Accompanying Documents section below. The email subject line should be the name of the applying organization only. (e.g., Subject: Arts for All, Inc.)

Learn more about the Ivy Community Service Foundation of Cary through the Request for Proposals
CONVENE
2023 GIRLS BUILD SOLUTIONS
This summer, Girls Build Solutions™ is celebrating and demonstrating how hands-on learning and the power of women and girls can unlock the creativity and innovation our world needs most. This high-energy national event will bring together girls and leaders from all 50 states to change the narrative and elevate the potential of girls in STEM.

Girls Build Solutions is the showcase event of STEM Next’s Million Girls Moonshot, an initiative to engage 1 million more girls in STEM through afterschool and summer programs. Moonshot is re-imagining who can engineer, who can build, who can make. Learn more and join us at milliongirlsmoonshot.org
INFORM
NAVIGATING THE "NO" IN ARP FUNDING CONVERSATIONS
As you are working to connect to your local and state offices and districts to make the case for using their American Rescue Plan resources to partner with afterschool and summer learning programs?

You may encounter a “No" at the start of your conversation. A new resource, “Help Responding to ARP Nos,” can help you develop responses to navigate the “No” and keep the conversation going.
SUPPORT
FREE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WITH ACRES
ACRES Training Cohort: Facilitating Math Practices
Wednesdays: 4/12/2023, 4/26/2023, and 5/10/2023 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Are you looking for fun ways to help youth build number sense and problem-solving skills? Math can take on new meaning when it is integrated into daily routines in our afterschool programs. In this module, afterschool educators will explore and practice strategies for making math engaging and accessible. Asking Purposeful Questions is a prerequisite to this skill. *The expectation is that you will be live at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort. Recordings are not available if you are unable to attend. Use this code to help you register: AC228PQ
INFORM
30 MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN'S BOOKS ABOUT WOMEN IN STEM
Too often have the achievements and contributions of women — and even more so women of color — in STEM fields been overlooked. Celebrate some extraordinary female scientists of color who have shattered the glass ceiling, despite facing racial and gender discrimination!
Check out this curated list of books to help children of all ages, especially our young women, develop a positive identity around STEM and science.
SUPPORT
BECOME A NASA PARTNER ECLIPSE AMBASSADOR
In October 2023 and April 2024, two solar eclipses will be criss-crossing the US.

In an exciting new partnership, undergraduate students and eclipse enthusiasts will engage their local communities in advance of the eclipses to enjoy the awe and wonder of this unique alignment.

Eclipse Ambassadors will bring outreach programs to underserved audiences in local libraries, colleges, schools, and other community organizations. Training, partnerships, and resources are provided and all engagement can be done before the eclipses - there's no commitment when the shadows arrive. Undergraduates will also receive a stipend, plus opportunities to further their involvement in NASA programs.
INFORM
INVESTING IN AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS CAN HELP CLOSE STUBBORN STEM EDUCATION GAPS
Addressing underrepresentation and career preparation issues starts with the education system, but it is too much to ask schools to solve these problems by themselves. Some 80% of a child’s waking hours are spent outside the classroom. That leaves plenty of time for other important and overlooked approaches — such as afterschool and out-of-school programs — that can offer additional time and more sustained opportunities to provide career exploration programming and augment the STEM teaching and learning that happens during the school day.

Read the Full Article by Kyle Hartung & Melissa Moritz to learn more
CONVENE
COLOR OF EDUCATION SUMMIT 2023
Please save the date for the 2023 Color of Education Summit. This event is such an important one for both classroom and afterschool educators in our state and we hope to see many of the providers in our network there! If you are interested in speaking, presenting, moderating (at) or sponsoring this event please contact Dr. Deanna Townsend-Smith
INFORM
MAKE USE OF THE MIZZEN BY MOTT APP
Supported by the Mott Foundation, Mizzen is available at no cost to afterschool professionals! Download the Mizzen By Mott app to access STEM activities at your finger-touch! You’ll find it in Mizzen here.

Featured Activities & Playlists
  • Mizzen Playlist: STEM Activities for K-5th Grade in Small Groups - This playlist is a great mix of engineering and science activities that are easy and fun for small groups of students.
  • Mizzen Playlist: Science Notebooks for 3rd - 12th Grade - Keeping a notebook can help your students think and act like scientists and engineers. Sample these easy-to-implement strategies and lessons to bring science notebooking into your program.
  • Mizzen Module: S.INQ Up Earth and Space for 6-8th Grade - Earth and Space is an inquiry and exploration-based curriculum that uses hands-on activities focused on the relationships between the earth, the solar system, and human impacts on our global environment.
  • Activity Toolkit: STEM Educators Academy Activity Toolkit from ExpandED Schools — This Activity Toolkit offers hybrid learning engineering design challenges, STEM facilitation skill builder videos, and engineering design activities categorized by content areas. 
  • Activity Toolkit: Engineering is Elementary's NASA Partnership free units - A suite of free NASA-funded STEM resources for students in grades 3-8. All resources are research-based and classroom-tested. They are designed to support students’ understanding of space, while helping them see themselves as capable problem solvers.
SUPPORT
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Centene is offering general operating grants of up to $500,000 to organizations that fall within one or more of the following areas of focus: Health, Education, Children, and the Arts. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Discover is offering grants of up to $5,000 to nonprofit organizations working in the areas of education and literacy. Funding, donations, and sponsorships are intended to support programs and initiatives that meet the needs of various communities across the country, with a particular focus on communities where Discover employees live and work. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Dogwood Health Trust seeks to dramatically improve the health and well-being of all people and communities of Western North Carolina. They are interested in projects that address one or more of their strategic priorities: Housing, Education, Economic Opportunity, and Health and Wellness and that align with their overarching commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. They also have interests in projects related to improving broadband access to support education and healthcare bridging rural divides, and addressing racial equity issues. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

The NC GlaxoSmithKline Traditional Grants provides grants of $25,000 and above to organizations to help meet the educational and health needs of today's society and future generations. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

The Duke Energy Foundation is committed to making strategic investments to build powerful communities where nature and wildlife thrive, youth can excel, and a talented workforce drives economic prosperity for all. These grants support programs that prevent summer reading loss, while also advancing energy, engineering, and environmental education. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

The Saxena Family Foundation is a privately funded, 501(c)(3) registered non-profit charitable foundation headquartered in Austin, TX. The Foundation awards grants and supports programs that have a particular focus on STEM education and around empowering women in the United States and in India. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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