April, 2016

Educator training on Automotive Inventing for Kids with Ed Sobey

Join us for an incredible day with renowned author and inventor,  
Ed Sobey.

Automotive Inventing for Kids is a full day workshop designed for educators to ignite the inventor in school-aged students through hands-on creation of amazing vehicles!
Read more about the training

Saturday, April 9th, 2016
World of Speed Motorsports Museum,
Lunch Included
9 AM - 4:30 PM
Cost is $89
Program Management Training Cohort for Afterschool Professionals

OregonASK has an opportunity for management-level afterschool professionals to gain tools and training for effective and efficient management of their programs. Join Master Trainer Susan Hamann to Improve your program planning, development, budgeting and evaluation skills. 

There will be 16 hours of in-person training and 3 virtual meetings: 

In-Person Training at Southern Oregon ESD
  • May 27, 2016
  • June 24, 2016
  • July 22, 2016
Virtual Meetings 
  • June 3, 10am- 12pm 
  • July 15, 10am- 12pm
  • August 5, 10am- 12pm
More information can be found HERE.

Calling All Presenters

Interested in leading a session at the annual Oregon Afterschool Conference? Presenter applications will be going out this month. Be on the lookout and think about what experience you have to share with others.


Enter your students' designs for a chance to win this years Lights On Poster Contest!  The Afterschool Alliance is looking for a design that showcases kids' creativity and the importance of keeping the  Lights On Afterschool.  The winning artist and his or her program will also be featured on the blog, website, at 8,000 Lights On events and more!

The deadline for submissions is 
June 1, 2016.   Learn More Here
Spring is Here!
Afterschool in Rural Communities

America After 3PM recently released a new report on The Growing Importance of Afterschool in Rural Communities. The report looks at the different afterschool experiences of children and families in rural communities, specifically identifying ways that programs are increasing opportunities for these underserved communities. 

Read the full  America After 3pm Rural Report to see how a fterschool and summer programs can help address issues of poverty and limited education to decrease the gap in experiences between children in rural communities and non-rural communities. 
Summer Meals Grants Available 

P artners for a Hunger-Free Oregon is excited to open the eighth season of the Summer Meals Support Fund. Since 2009, the grant program has provided start-up and expansion grants to communities throughout Oregon, partnering with over 115 unique  organizations. The $2,500  and $5,000 awards are 
available to new or growing summer meals sites and sponsors to support community-based programs in connecting more kids to summer nutrition and enrichment while school is out.

Applications are due on Friday, April 15th. For more information and to apply, please visit 
Summer is Coming - What Will You Be Doing?

With spring officially underway, many are already looking ahead to summer, particularly thinking about how to keep kids engaged and learning this summer. As Representative Smith Warner shared in her testimony at the legislature in February, "We must shift our education focus from 9 months a year to 12 months a year... We are not not looking for a one size fits all solution to summer learning loss, we respect and benefit from the wide range of community specific solutions to this statewide problem." 

Help us elevate the conversation and increase summer learning opportunities for youth across the state: 

There are a whole variety of summer programs across the state designed to give students opportunities that are both fun and educational. These summer learning opportunities make summer a time of learning and play, making the fight against summer learning loss fun for all! 
Share your Perspective on Social and Emotional Learning

Afterschool is more than a place for homework help or fun and games -it's where kids gain critical social and emotional skills necessary to become responsible adults, collaborative workers and humane citizens. 

The Wallace Foundation is seeking your perspective for a new survey on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in the afterschool field. Your responses will help us better understand the strengths and weaknesses of afterschool programs in the context of SEL. 

A second survey is also being done to better understand Policymaker, K-12 Public School Leader and Afterschool Leader Opinions relating to desired outcomes of K-12 education and afterschool programs. The survey can be found HERE. 

Help Umatilla's All-Girls robotics team show students across the country what engineers look like! FIRST Robotics Teams 4980 and 4125 have united to build a collection of 9,105 #ILookLikeAnEngineer photos by April 2017. Help show the new face of engineering as we encourage youth to see themselves as STEM professionals.

Check out FacesOfEngineering to help spread the word and join the effort!
Save the Date- October 22nd, 2016

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