How Afterschool Programs  are Helping to Build ND's Future Workforce

A panel of statewide experts in afterschool and CTE spoke earlier this week at the Out-of-School Time Summer Conference at the Bismarck Public Schools Career Academy on Workforce Readiness in Afterschool. 

Moderated by Jodi Grant from Afterschool Alliance, panelists included Wayde Sick- ND Department of Career and Technical Education Director, Michael Hanson- North Valley CTE Director, Lori Zahradka- North Valley Extended School Program 21CCLC Project Director, Jaci Niemann- North Valley Extended School Program Site Coordinator, and Josh Sunstrum- student of North Valley CTE. 

Earlier and more diverse career exploration was 1 of 5 themes identified in ND Workforce Development Council's Summary Report in the fall of 2018. Afterschool programs serving students PreK-12 offer a prime opportunity for career exposure through collaboration with local business and industries. 

Panelists discussed how the North Valley Extended School Project relies on strong partnerships with local leaders & businesses, along with the local CTE center, to help kids who would otherwise not have the resources to explore career possibilities. 

Read more on the North Valley Extended School Project and the role of Afterschool in preparing our future workforce in the newly released publication This is Afterschool in North Dakota: Preparing the Workforce for a Changing Economy
ND's First Afterschool Mapping Database

The ND Afterschool Database will help families, schools, communities and elected officials locate afterschool and summer learning programs and identify assets and gaps in out-of-school time programming throughout North Dakota. 

The ND Afterschool Network is now accepting registration into the database for program sites located throughout ND. Information will be compiled and accessible on our website and a "State of Afterschool in ND" publication will be released in October 2019. Along with data and infographics, programs will be able to utilize the report to make the case for afterschool to funders, supporters, and the community. 

There is an unmet demand for afterschool in ND. For every ND student enrolled in an afterschool program, 1 more would participate if a program were available

The Afterschool Mapping Database will help identify the gaps in programming across the state and make the case to policymakers about the need for funding and policy support to ensure high-quality afterschool and summer learning programming is available to every student PreK-12. 

Register your program now! Programs who register by September 30, 2019 will be entered to win an iPad (valued at $250)!
Afterschool Funding

Summer Site Visits

Starting August 5, members of Congress will return to their home districts to meet with constituents. Setting up a site visit is an excellent way to share the impact your afterschool and summer learning program is making on the lives of young people throughout North Dakota. 

Find tips from the Afterschool Alliance on how to set up a site visit and what to do before, during, and after to execute a successful visit. You can also find North Dakota's Members of Congress information here

Contact the ND Afterschool Network if you have questions or would like support with facilitating a site visit. 

Grant Opportunities for Afterschool: 
Eduporium is awarding $500 grants to a school or teacher that wants to increase STEM technology. Ideal candidates are educators who have demonstrated innovation and creativity within their school and afterschool community, those who have a financial need, & those who can provide a clear & concise product plan that can be implemented within six months. Application form is due on the 20th of each month. 

Public & private schools, and 501c3 non-profit organizations supporting a garden at a public or private school, are eligible to apply for funding to support an edible school garden (fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains, etc.) to which children have regular access. Application period open 8/1/2019 to 11/1/2019 with funding notification in January 2020. 

Grant funding provided in communities across ND in areas such as affordable childcare and before/after school programs. Applications accepted through October 31, 2019.

Grant funding provided in communities served by Bobcat Company to support people within their community. Find the Charitable & Sponsorship Request Form here

Champion Creatively Alive Children grant opportunity provides funding for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary/middle schools. 2019 applications now accepted. 

Grants are awarded for general organizational support & for specific projects, supporting funding for environment, healthy food systems, increasing outdoor activity, and building stronger communities. Applications reviewed three times per year; next deadline October 11, 2019. 

Funding available in communities served by Ottertail Power to support young minds, invest in current & future workforce, create vibrant culture & community, improve health & human services, and protect natural resources. Applications reviewed quarterly with next deadlines on Sept. 15 & Dec. 15. 

Grant funds from $250 to $5,000 are available to organizations located within the community of each Walmart location. 2019 grant cycle begins February 15, 2019 and  applications accepted through December 31, 2019.    
Upcoming Trainings & Events

National Geographic Explorer Classroom

August 2 | Online

National Geographic has designed a set of Explorer Classrooms for summer learning programs in partnership with the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Your program can connect learners with National Geographic Explorers, bringing science, exploration, and conservation to life through live video events. Register for the session on August 2 at 9am CT and find the Educator Guide to help students brainstorm questions. 


Governor's Summit on Innovative Education

August 14 & 15 | Jamestown
Gov. Doug Burgum will host the 3rd annual Summit on Innovative Education in partnership with the ND Department of Human Services' Behavioral Health Division to focus on student mental health, addiction and prevention. Find more information


Supporting Students with Anxiety & Oppositional Behavior

August 16, 8:00am-3:30pm | West Fargo

Jessica Minahan will present on intensive skill-building, intervention selection, and creative effective behavior intervention plans. $100 per attendee. Find more information. 


STEM2D Industry Partner Events

September 11 & 12 | Bismarck (11th) & Minot (12th)

FHI 360, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson, will be hosting 2 training days to encourage business & industry partners to engage with K-12 and afterschool programming throughout ND using STEM2D activities. Industry volunteers will receive training & support to implement these activities into area classrooms and afterschool programs. Contact Network Lead if your afterschool program is interested in participating. 


Lights on Afterschool

October 24 | Nationwide

Join afterschool programs across the nation for the 20th annual Lights on Afterschool to shine a light on afterschool and the positive effects it has in communities. Find program ideas and register your Lights on Afterschool activities. For a limited time, KIND is donating 150 Simple Crunch & KIND Kids snacks to programs who register! You must complete the full registration form & supplies are limited. 


Afterschool Quality Coaching Book Study

October 16 - November 20

Online meetings each Wednesday from 1-2pm

This virtual course is your how-to toolkit for building & sustaining a coaching practice that helps supervisors in afterschool settings how to coach their staff to continually improve the quality of their program. Training time is 12 total hours (6 hours instructor-facilitated discussions and 6 hours reading & homework assignments. Participants will receive 2 publications with their $50 registration fee- Get some GUTS, Coach by Jill Jackson ($14.95 value) and How to Coach Teachers to Teach (Almost) Anything ($95 value). Registration now open


Find additional PD opportunities throughout ND at
Kristin Knorr
ND Afterschool Network Lead