May 10, 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.
Spotlight on the University of Florida College of Nursing for building this expanded learning opportunity for local students in Gainseville's Eastside High School to not only build employment readiness, but prepare them for life. Time to celebrate achievement!
Students gain access to expanded learning in Gainseville

Improving diversity and retention in the nursing field is at the heart of the Medical Skills Program at Eastside High School. The outreach program launched by University of Florida College of Nursing faculty and nurses at UF Health Shands has...

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District Hosts Take Stock in Children STARS Ceremony

The Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation (OPSF) is in its 26th year of sponsoring Take Stock in Child...

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TLBR Alumni Foundation awards nine scholarships to...

Sunday saw a special night over at The Golf Club at Summerbrooke for the Tallahassee-Leon Babe Ruth Alumni Foundation, as they awarded nine scholarships to nine former stars, who once suited up for Tallahassee-Leon Babe Ruth baseball. All nine...

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Lotus House celebrates groundbreaking of Children's...

Features of the new building will include a preschool for children ages 3-5, afterschool and summer programs, child and family therapeutic services, access to healthcare and social services, a playground, and a vast array of community resources...

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YMCA tennis program provides avenue for people with...

Anytime Ashley Vaughn can get brother Harley Hill out of the house, it's a victory. The fact that he could do it last week at the YMCA on Hillcrest Drive, while hitting tennis balls and maybe making new friends, made it all the better.

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Young Entrepreneur Pitch Challenge (YEPC) is a simple set of activities that helps kids learn creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, and presentation skills. Students can compete in a national contest in one of three divisions: K-4, 5-8...

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NASA Partnership

EiE®, Museum of Science is excited to offer a suite of free NASA-funded STEM resources for students in grades 3-8. All resources are research-based and classroom-tested. They are designed to support students' understanding of space, while helping ...

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iSpy Teaches STEM To Local Preschool Students

The mission of the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County is to provide children, from birth to 5 years old, a high-quality, equitable and inclusive early learning experience to prepare them for success in school and life through the...

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Rick Scott wants to take Florida's school 'guardian'...

Less than a month after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School killed 17 people in February 2018, then-Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature came together quickly to pass a major gun-safety bill that required every public ...

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YIPPEE For Summer & Professional Learning!

Join us this summer to refresh and recharge your professional toolkit by exploring the YIPPEE Exchange Marketplace. YIPPEE is a first-of-its-kind digital marketplace designed to connect K-12 educators to a host of free entrepreneurship education...

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Supporting Teachers in Their STEM Skilling Journeys

Three of my four grandparents were teachers. Their love of learning and passion for lighting a spark in their students impressed upon me the power that...

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Sustaining the Transformative Power of the OST Workforce

Youth work is a sacred opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of children and youth. Join us for an exciting webinar featuring authors from the recent volume The Heartbeat of the Youth Development Field: Professional Journeys...

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Online "Hacker Training" by Click 2 Computer Science on 5.23

Explore the fascinating world of encryption with prime numbers. You'll learn the basics of cryptography, including how to encode and decode messages using prime numbers, and how to bring this to the youth in your program.

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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.

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!

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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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