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Happy New Year | Action for Happiness
Thanks to Peter Harper for coming up with the original calendar idea to inspire small steps we can all take each day to be happier individuals!

Ever heard of "Dukeville," where all the students have jobs and run everything including the government? Cool things are happening after school in Miami-Dade County.
Afterschool program 'MicroSociety' gives kids life...

By Lauren Pastrana Click here for updates on this story MIAMI, Florida (WFOR) - An afterschool program in Miami's West Little River neighborhood is putting kids in charge and to work- as early as kindergarten. Welcome to "Dukeville" it's like a...

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Congressional Update: Omnibus spending plan for FY 2023...

The bill passed on Friday, Dec. 23 represents an increase from the $1.5 trillion appropriations package for FY 22 including increased afterschool and summer learning funding...

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Orlando Magic Announce Partnership with Central Florida YMCA

ORLANDO - In its continuing commitment to local youth, the Orlando Magic announce a multi-year partnership with the Central Florida YMCA. In celebration of the announcement, the Magic will present YMCA CEO Kevin Bolding with a jersey and...

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Challenger Learning Center highlights STEM education for ...

To help spark elementary school students' interest in learning about science and technology, Leon County Schools turned to an untraditional place: the movie theater. Students from Hartsfield, Pineview and Woodville elementary schools visited the...

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Afterschool: A Bipartisan Solutionto Help Young People...

Source: Afterschool Alliance, http://afterschoolalliance.org/documents/Afterschool-COVID-19-Parent-Survey-Bipartisan-2022-Brief.pdf At a time of deep partisan divides, Afterschool Alliance surveys have found an area of consensus around support...

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AIM High Grants due February 1

Supporting Out-of-School Time Programs Serving Middle School Youth RFP Due:  Wednesday, February 1st, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. ET View the full RFP and submit your application here.

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A Proclamation on National Mentoring Month, 2023 | The...

Every January, our Nation celebrates the dedicated mentors whose wisdom, guidance, and positive examples set our children on a sound path and help prepare them to succeed. The events of the past few years have taken their toll on many of our...

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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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FY 2023 AmeriCorps VISTA Request for Concept Papers

Table of Contents2023 AmeriCorps VISTA PrioritiesVISTA Concept Paper and Application ProcessDeadlinesGuidance and InstructionsResources for ApplicantsTraining and Technical Assistance Founded in 1965, Volunteers in Service to America, known as...

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Florida Afterschool Summit: Florida Specific Preconference before Beyond School Hours
Join your Florida peers for a full-day summit showcasing afterschool innovations and quality improvement efforts. Sessions include leadership and policy development, building a strong afterschool workforce, and how to measure program quality. This summit is designed for out-of-school time and youth development professionals, thought-leaders and front-line service providers.

ACRES Training Cohort: Facilitating Engineering Practices
Dates: 12:00 PM-2:00 PM EST on the following Tuesdays: 1/10/2023, 1/24/2023 & 2/7/2023
Engineering has become a staple of STEM programming for youth. How can we confidently bring engineering into our programming and support youth as they engage in problem-solving? In this module, you’ll gain first-hand experience with engineering by solving a design problem. As a participant, you’ll examine the components of the engineering design process and discuss ways to model the process with youth. Asking Purposeful Questions is a prerequisite to this skill. Register: Use the code AC285EP

Beyond School Hours 2023 Conference
Save your seat for Foundations Inc's #BeyondSchoolHours 2023 Conference, the premier gathering of education practitioners and thought leaders. Attend top-notch workshops, presentations, excursions + exhibits. Register today!

The Florida Women Power 100: Sky Beard, No Kid Hungry FL

Congrats to our partner, Sky Beard, for being named one of Florida's top 100 women of power. From school meals to grocery benefits, Sky Beard works to connect children in Florida with the healthy food they need.

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Mark your calendar!
Children’s Week Florida 2023 will be at the State Capitol, March 26 to 31! Children’s Week Florida is the largest event held in the state that celebrates and honors its commitment to children, youth, and advocates.

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