July 26, 2023
This is your weekly newsletter featuring program spotlights, innovative resources, and training opportunities for the out-of-school-time industry in Florida. Together, we can ensure all children and youth in Florida have access to affordable, available, high-quality expanded learning opportunities to foster their success in school and beyond.
CONGRATULATIONS to the many high school students selected as Bank of America student leaders! Youth development is action!!
Two Osceola County High School Students Selected as Bank ...

Two high school seniors from the Osceola County School District, including Sharon Sanju, from Tohopekaliga High School, and Keenan Lewis, from Poinciana High School, were selected as Bank of America Student Leaders, an eight-week paid summer...

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FSU technology summer camp prepares next generation of...

Florida State University's College of Communication and Information (CCI), in partnership with the U.S Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP), has [...]

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First Coast YMCA's Thingamajig Convention inspires over...

Now in its ninth year, the convention aims to foster a love for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) while nurturing creativity and teamwork among the participants.

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International students getting a leg up for the upcoming ...

The Miami Dade County Public School District is elevating its international students with a language summer camp made just for them.

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Boys & Girls Club teams up with FGCU hoops players and...

100 Boys and Girls Club kids were excited to enter Alico Arena Thursday morning, where FGCU men's and women's basketball players joined them.

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Swimming, reading just two activities offered at the...

The Lakewood Ranch YMCA provides plenty of activities to keep children entertained during the summer.

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Tips for parents on how to avoid the 'Summer Slide'

WPBF 25 News is sharing tips on how parents can prevent learning loss for their kids over the summer.

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Share w/Families: Take advantage of Florida's Tax-Free Week

For many kids, the summer holiday is nearing an end, and that means parents are busy getting their children ready for the upcoming school year.

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Number of children receiving free summer lunches down by ...

The number of U.S. children who received free summer lunches on an average day in July 2022 dropped considerably compared to the previous year, according to a report released by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC). On an average day in last...

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First Coast YMCA offers swim lessons, lifeguard training ...

In honor of World Drowning Prevention Day, the new Face the Water with Confidence campaign by the First Coast YMCA is raising awareness about water safety for parents and children to reduce the number of drownings in Florida.

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Just for Fun: Visit some of the weird and wacky in FL...

Visit one of these off-the-beaten-path tourist sites for summer fun.

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Law enforcement ally with Boys & Girls Club

The Florida Alliance of Boys & Girls Club will be taught by trained instructors from the Law Enforcement Against Drugs and Violence Program..

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Nominations Due July 31: Christopher Stallworth Award 2023

Attention Educators! Know a high school student who exemplifies entrepreneurial tenacity? Nominate them for the Christopher Stallworth Award 2023. Recognize their persistence and grit and give them a chance to win $1,000!

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Registration is Officially Open | Florida Afterschool...

Get your professional development needs met this October in Orlando! NAVIGATING THE FUTURE The role of after school and expanded learning is changing in Florida. Join us this October to learn how you

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Harnessing the Magic of Math
Join "Scientific Adventures for Girls" for a dynamic three-part virtual training series designed to breathe life into math through games, through meaningful, kid-friendly data analysis, and nature exploration. Our sessions focus on strategies that accommodate multiple grade levels and ability levels, helping you meet each student where they are. Prepare to turn your after-school program into a vibrant and engaging mathematical journey!

October 3rd 12:00-1:00PM EST / 9:00-10:00AM PST 
Delve into the world where play meets mathematics. In this session, we'll explore how common game pieces, such as dominoes and dice, can be transformed into effective math teaching and exploration tools. You'll learn strategies for presenting math concepts in a playful, engaging manner, catering to different grade levels and ability levels. We'll discuss how games can enhance critical thinking, problem-solving, and cooperative learning among students.

October 10th 12:00-1:00PM EST / 9:00-10:00AM PST 
In our second session, we'll focus on strategies to collect and analyze data in fun and meaningful ways. From measuring the bounce of different balls and exploring exponential decay by eating M&M’s, we'll demonstrate how students can become active participants in the world of gathering and interpreting data.
Session 3: Nature’s Numbers: Exploring Shapes & Patterns

In our final session, we will explore the geometric patterns and three-dimensional shapes that exist in the natural world, demonstrating how these can be used to enrich math learning. This session will equip you with strategies to engage all students, from the youngest to the oldest, and from beginner to advanced levels.
Training Cohort: Elevating Youth Voice and Choice
How often do youth in your program get to choose what they’re investigating or designing, the materials they might use, and/or how they engage with the work? In this module, participants try out strategies for elevating youth voice and choice and apply the ideas as they redesign a STEM activity to incorporate a greater variety of youth input. Use the link below to register!

Florida officials approve new rules regarding gender...

One bans teachers from classroom instruction on gender identity or sexual orientation until after eighth grade.

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Become a Children's Week Partner Today!

Have you heard the good news? The 29th Annual Children's Week Florida™ is coming to the State Capitol January 14-19, 2024, and we want you to be a part of the largest event in the state that celebra

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