August 2018 Newsletter
OregonASK's Afterschool Conference Open for Early Registration! 

November 3rd is approaching quickly for  OregonASK's 2018 Afterschool Conference  - Don't miss your chance to  register at our Early Bird Rate  of $89 before September 15th ! Come Express Yourself like these folk here at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, while exploring methods to support and engage youth. Whether through art, music or words, learn how we can help guide youth in expressing themselves with confidence, seizing every opportunity they encounter.  This year's conference will  include 90-minute  expression sessions and 2 hour workshops featuring topics like;  gender identity, workforce readiness,  and cultural proficiency vs. cultural competency.  We'll have experts  from local and national levels presenting on these topics as well as many other important issues  that are encountered in Afterschool!  Click Here to Register Now.
Oregon Afterschool Conference Workshop Highlight
Rachel Kessler is a Master trainer and curriculum developer for OregonASK . She holds an MFA and provides training, technical assistance, curriculum development, and project management to afterschool and summer programs. As part of OregonASK's training team, she has offered more than 300 hours of training to hundreds of afterschool and summer staff since joining OregonASK in 2014.
In 2017 Rachel was one of the National Afterschool Association top 25 trainers at the National Conference in Dallas, Texas. She has trained on Invention X, SciGirls, In-Flight Airway Science for Kids, Science Inquiry for Elementary school (S.INQ) and Middle school (S.INQ UP), NOAA Ocean Explorer, Family Engineering, Family Science, NCEE Library of Congress Primary Sources, TALE (Training for Literacy Education) and many more. Click Here to view more of the curriculum and training sessions she has developed offered by OregonASK. Register Here  to j oin Rachel and several hundred afterschool & summer partners from around Oregon at the 2018 Oregon Afterschool C onference.

New Round of 21st CCLC Grant Announcement

Great news was released last month for many afterschool programs in Oregon!  24 school districts and community partners in Oregon received a total of  $10.67M funding for the next five years (2018-2023).  According to Colt Gill, Director of the Oregon Department of Education;

"I am thrilled that students throughout the state will have more opportunities to improve in a variety of academic subjects including reading and math, and to study nutrition, financial literacy and other life skills."

This is tremendous news for the programs who can continue providing service to underserved communities. However, many programs that applied for funding in the hopes of continue their work didn't receive the necessary funds to keep their doors open.  43 programs applied for 21st Century funding, a total of $18,061,637.53 was requested for Oregon afterschool providers alone . Going forward with this knowledge, we need to educate our legislators on why afterschool is important and why more funding is needed. 
Upcoming Training Opportunities 

This youth voice led curriculum is meant for middle school aged youth, and has been developed by OregonASK as a ten week curriculum for out-of-school time programs to create a Service to Careers Club. There will be a Fall Cohort of programs piloting the revised curriculum. 
Training is  August 24th online from 9-11am -   Register Now
This project focuses on utilizing web and digital literacy resources to help youth build skills that can be captured and shared out in digital badges. Badges can be awarded in computer science specific skills or more generally applicable employability skills such as teamwork and communication. 
August 31st from 9am-1pm in Wilsonville - 

Leap into Science
This is a national program that integrates open-ended science activities with children's books,
designed for children ages 3-10 and their families. This training provides techniques and strategies for engaging youth and their families within an accessible and familiar setting and includes a kit of materials.  Register below or c ontact  Rachel Kessler  with questions.
September 14th & 15th in  Southern Oregon
September 20th at  Beaverton City Library -  Register Now  
Access and Equity Survey

If you are an afterschool program manager, director, or coordinator, don't forget to take our Access & Equity survey! Be part of the statewide project that'll provide information on how to better serve youth in our communities and share how real the need is! 

As part of this project, we will also be hosting several youth and family forums this Fall. 

We look forward to hearing from youth about why they attend afterschool programs, how we can make programs more appealing, what kind of impact their participation in afterschool has on their lives, and how programs are helping them prepare for their futures. 

We also look forward to hearing from families about the barriers to participation in afterschool programs, what they look for in a program, and how best programs can engage parents and families. 

We also have surveys specifically for site staff and youth.  Contact  Juan Soto with questions or find more  information  online .
Fostering Readers

Last fall, Washington County Cooperative Library  Services, 
(WCCLS), in partnership with  OregonASK, received a Federal Library Services  and Technology Act grant from the State Library  to research and develop resources  for public libraries and afterschool programs to implement evidence-based literacy programs  for children  (in grades K-3rd)  who  are learning to read. 

Since the fall, a team of four experts - two children's 
librarians and two reading specialists  - have been working alongside WCCLS and OregonASK to curate research,  develop activities,  and  create resources for librarians and afterschool staff to support early readers. 

This summer, the project team was awarded a second LSTA grant to pilot the resources with 10 library and afterschool sites over the 2018-19 school year. At the conclusion of the pilot year, all resources will be published and made available online. 
For more information contact Katie Lakey. 
Zero Robotics Field Day

OregonASK met with three Zero
Robotics teams at Oregon State University, a couple weeks ago and spent the afternoon with them exploring this years'  Zero Robotics challenge through an unplugged interactive game. Youth also had an opportunity to tour the campus including the engineering department, spend time with an OSU student tour guide majoring in math and starting pre-med, as well as enjoying rocketry demonstrations and a telescope view of the sun!

The teams from around Oregon got to know each other and get comfortable with the challenge for the summer, drilling for ice on one of Saturn's moons. We look forward to supporting programs as they program their sphere's virtually for the chance to have their code used in real time on the International Space Station.

Click Here  to learn more about OregonASK's partnership with Zero Robotics.
Share Afterschool with Your Legislators! 

Last month, over 70 community members from Beaverton & Hillsboro joined the Joint Committee on Student Success to share about important educational issues. Afterschool & summer partners from several programs shared their testimony about the importance of utilizing community partners as well as supporting youth during times when many youth do not have access to the support they need. 

If you were not able to join us last month, mark your calendars to attend one of the upcoming committee hearings or join a Community Conversation being hosted by Children First.  These are great opportunities to share about the importance of afterschool & summer programs such as yours.  If you are interested in participating in the hearing, contact or c ontact  James Barta , Strategic Director for Children First for Oregon about  community conversation,  at  (503) 998-7914  or

Madras community meeting with Representative Bonham: August 14th 6pm-7:30pm Tentatively at Madras City Hall

Lincoln City community meeting with Senator Roblan/Representative Gomberg: August 22nd & 23rd  Location: TBD

Woodburn community meeting with Representative Alonso Leon: August 29th 7pm-8pm,  Location: TBD

Monmouth or Independence community meeting with Representative Evans: September 5th 6pm-7:30pm   Location: TBD

Student Success Hearing September 13th at  Ridgeview High School in Redmond

Student Success Hearing September 27th at James Madison High School in Portland

Bend community meeting with Senator Knopp: October 3rd 
Location: TBD

Student Success Hearing  October 10th at Marshfield High School in Coos Bay
Summer Celebrated Around the Country

Last month, 300 cities around the country celebrated National Summer Learning Day as a way of building awareness and helping support youth and families during this critical time. Don't forget to register your program if you helped spread the word and share your pictures with us on social media!

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