May 3, 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.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2023

We are joining in with our national partners to pay tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success.

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Disney donates $100K to STEM programs at the Orlando...

The Orlando Science Center received a significant donation from Disney to support STEM programs and young students in Central Florida. The donation is part of the Disney Future Storytellers initiative, and it will support hands-on ...

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Play Like a Girl - Westchase WOW

Karlie Mintzer, is introducing her own movement to the girls in the Rec Center’s after-school program with her #LikeAGirl initiative by flipping the script and empowering young woman to redefine what it means to play like a girl!

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Grand Opening Of First Florida Location Of Let There Be...

If you or your child have ever dreamed of being a music star, Let There Be Rock School, a combination music lesson facility and after-school rock 'n' roll center, is here. It recently celebrated its grand opening in Riverview with a...

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Central Florida nonprofit organization offers mentoring...

Countless after-school programs across Central Florida keep children engaged and work with them to reach their fullest potential. A classroom at Evans High School is far from the Halls of Congress, but it's where we found Maxwell Frost doing...

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Local Announcement: Feeding South Florida® Announces the ...

Feeding South Florida - the leading hunger-relief organization in South Florida, is excited to announce an Afterschool Meals Program where the organization will provide snacks and supper every Monday - Thursday to the ABLE YouthFORCE...

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Teacher Stress: 6 Coping Strategies

High stress levels are plaguing teachers, but one factor makes a big difference in terms of whether teachers are still satisfied with their job: their ability to cope with the stress. Check out these resources to address end-of-the-year stress.

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New guide to support district engagement in the National ...

The National Partnership for Student Success ( NPSS) just published a helpful resource for the field: a District Partnership Toolkit. NPSS is public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of Education, AmeriCorps, and John Hopkins...

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Smithsonian Science for Makerspaces

Smithsonian Science for Makerspaces is a series of free engineering design challenges for students to engage with emerging technologies through hands-on learning. Inspired by Smithsonian Science for the Classroom, these activities bridge formal...

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Florida Pays Teachers $3K For Completing Civics...

The first 20,000 K-12 Florida teachers to successfully complete a new state-run civics professional development course, qualify for a $3,000 stipend. The Civics Seal of Excellence online course, launched this January and led by Republican Gov....

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Florida Tech to Host Summer STEM Institute for High...

Florida Tech, a nationally ranked university, and leader in STEM education, will offer two-week summer residence workshops for high school STEM teachers on marine and environmental science and mathematical...

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Calling All Educators! Free online training for Jump Rope Math
Thansk to Million Girls Moonshot for sharing the Afterschool Math Plus Curriculum and free online trainings. Join ASM+ on the following Thursdays for fun, emgaging STEM activities to use in your OST program.
  • May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19, October 17, and November 28, 2023
  • 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST
  • Register for each individual session at the link below.

Let Your Voices Be Heard! (Survey closes 11:59 p.m. on 5/7)

This is the ninth and final survey in a series since COVID began to ensure that afterschool and summer learning programs build on the innovations and lessons of the pandemic. Share your story of how your afterschool program is faring this spring.

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Get the Discount Code and "Let's Make Waves!" ay the Every Hour Counts National Conference
At the 2023 Every Hour Counts National Conference, Let’s Make Waves!, in West Palm Beach, 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 Every Hour Counts on May 30 - June 1 to share, strategize, and connect across more than 20 workshop sessions. In the only convening of this type focused on peer-to-peer learning, we'll explore how to develop community-wide solutions with young people and leaders from across communities.
Join forward-thinking leaders - intermediary leaders, community providers, non-profit partners, school district representatives, policymakers, funders, youth, researchers, and more - to make some waves!

Use the code EARLY for reduced rates.
Social Video Share: Summer Enrichment
Check out this 30-second animated video that shows how kids benefit from summer enrichment and makes the case for using ARP funding to support local summer programs. Fun, upbeat and perfect for sharing!

Click on the image to watch or here to download.
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