July  2020 Newsletter
This Month in Oregon Afterzone
  • Summer Camps & Meals in Oregon
  • Partnering for Youth Engagement Video Highlight
  • Celebrate Summer Learning Week 
  • Summer Survey
  • National Resources: NEW Summer Activity Guides & Mizzen by Mott National Webinar!
  • Summer Training Opportunities
  • Legislative Update
  • Planning for Fall - Do you have a seat at the table?
Don't forget to #MaskUpOR to follow state mandate and respect the health of all Oregonians
Word Of The Month: Summer Camp
summer camp  or sleep away camp  is a supervised program for children or teenagers conducted during the summer months. Children and adolescents who attend summer camp are known as campers. The primary purpose of many camps is educational, athletic, or cultural development. A summer camp environment often emphasizes learning new skills in a safe and nurturing environment, providing a lasting psychological impact on the development of a child.
Summer Camps & Meals in Oregon

Since School Age Summer Day Camp Guidance came out in Mid-May, programs around the state have been working hard to figure out how they can safely serve families while engaging youth in traditional (and some less traditional) summer experiences. Whether recreation-based, outdoor or arts-enrichment opportunities, thousands of kids across Oregon are enjoying their long awaited summer camp fun. 
Keeping your 1 Donkey Distance at Trackers

Programs such as Trackers Earth in Portland, has decreased their overall capacity but has been able to kick off summer camps in June, serving 640+ Oregon youth in weekly outdoor camps. While camps look a little different this year with masks and 'fun' distancing games, Trackers is continuing to bring staff on board, getting them trained in safe, engaging implantation to meet the immense need in the metro area. 

The City of Eugene has opted to provide  "classic camps" this year, including a variety of outdoor specialty camps, adaptive recreation camps, and preschool aged camps.  They are  implementing a Covid-19 discount for families in need and also providing Fun For All, free programming at 6 of the city parks that includes lunch by Food for Lane County. The City has increased space by utilizing a local event venue and  has remained in constant communication with other community providers such as the Eugene YMCA, who has been able to continue to offer child care to over 100 essential worker families in the region. Read more about Eugene's local summer opportunities here.

While camps continue to adjust, adapt, and engage, other district, city and community partners are also looking for ways to get kids the food they need to survive and thrive throughout the summer. Partners for Hunger Free Oregon continues to provide a Summer Meals Map updated weekly with summer food sites across the state. You can also help make sure parents have contacted their local district to ensure they are receiving Pandemic EBT or apply online for free or reduced price lunch. Find out more about other public food and assistance programs HERE or use Oregon Food Bank Food Finder to help find a local option, includes multiple language options and resources. 
 Schools & Community Partnering for Youth Engagement 
This is Afterschool - Schools and Community Partnering for Youth Engagement

Curry Public Library 21st Century Community Learning Center in Gold Beach is continuing to serve and engage families. You can see more about how they are supporting youth engagement through COVID-19 on their program calendar or library Facebook page.
Share Your Voice for National Summer Learning Week 

Though it's not the Summer we expected, many programs and camps are coming up with creative solutions to make sure kids have access to summer learning opportunities while making sure everyone still stays safe. Many programs have gone above and beyond making sure kids have a safe place to go during the Summer months, recognizing the important role summer learning plays in child and youth development. See Oregon Governor's Proclamation Here.

That's why we celebrate National Summer Learning Week! A national celebration of the how Summertime is an opportunity to keep kids healthy, happy and learning so they are ready to go back to school in Fall. Summer programs help many, especially those of lower income, combat Summer learning loss that adds to the achievement gap.

National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) , has interactive resources to get programs, families and kids involved in celebrating Summer! Get into the spirit of Summer fun with themes like   Dive into a Book Adventure, Discover STEM and Solar, or Future Leaders of Tomorrow ! Join programs and families across the Nation in celebrating National Summer Learning Week  July 6th - 11th, 2020 Click Here to use NSLA's Program Toolkit .
NEW Summer Learning Opportunities Survey

Thank you to everyone who filled out the OregonASK COVID-19 Survey, the information collected helped us respond to the needs of our partners statewide. As we approach 'mid-summer' with so much constantly changing, please fill out the  Summer Learning COVID-19 Survey to help us understand what Summer Learning opportunities, classes and camps are operating. This information will help us communicate to state leaders on the needs of the field that will better inform the decisions made going forward. We appreciate your time and information you provide, if you have questions about this survey contact Bethany Thramer.
National Resources: 
NEW Summer Activity Guides from 50 State Network 
The Summer Activity Guides have been developed for the 50 State Afterschool Network with leadership from the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network to engage and support children and youth nationwide. These Summer Activity Guides include a range of resources including quick guides that cover Implementation Tips , Family guides on recognizing and managing stress in youth and Staff resource on supporting your emotional wellbeing .

The most recent unit,  Passion & Purpose can be found online HERE.
Sign up HERE for the next online training on July 9th from 1:00-2:00 PM on 
Summer Guide Session 3: Activities for Virtual or In-Person Summer Programing

Mizzen by Mott National Webinar July 8th!
As we head into summer and prepare for fall, a key will be identifying high-quality activities that help children to continue learning, growing and exploring - wherever they are. 
Built with and for afterschool professionals, Mizzen offers hands-on content that challenges, nurtures, delights and inspires youth. And, it's free to providers, thanks to support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Mizzen includes:
  • High-quality content for kids of all ages in arts, STEM, digital and media literacy, 21st century skills, entrepreneurship, college & career readiness content, outdoor exercise, youth voice, and hands-on creative projects. 
  • Pro Tips & organizational tools help providers hone their skills and bring content to life. Features like scheduling and messaging to support planning and coordination.
  • To meet the needs of this moment, the Mizzen team has also added activities that especially focus on kids' well-being and SEL - and can be done at home or in small-group.
 You can download Mizzen from your favorite app store or learn more at www.Mizzen.org
July Online Training
All trainings OregonASK offers are aligned with the Oregon Center for Career Development at Portland State University and have Oregon Registry credit available with the Core Knowledge Category (CKC) listed below. See other August Upcoming Trainings Here.

Trauma Informed Practices for Afterschool Programs

In this session participants will explore the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on development and how those effects manifest in children's behavior. The session will also explore strategies for limiting potential trauma triggers in programs and for self-regulation of emotions. 
3 Hours of Set 2 Health, Safety, Nutrition (HSN) credit available.
July 8th from 9:30am-12:30pm
Register HERE    for $30

Summer Guide Session 3: Activities for Virtual or In-Person Summer Programs
This training will focus on the Summer Guides of Activities that include 150 original activities and challenges organized by four different age groups (5-9) (10-12) (13-15) (16-18). The activities are adaptable for in-person and virtual instruction, or a hybrid of both, as well as sent as take-home packets. All activities should be safely executed and aligned with state and local health guidelines.
 1 hour of Set 1 Learning Environments Curriculum (LEC) credit available
July 9th from 1:00-2:00pm
Register  Here for Free!

Art Projects and Activities for  Preschool
This workshop will explore hands-on activities for preschool-aged appropriate art. We will use a variety of materials and techniques to develop motor, cognitive, and communicative skills. This fun workshop will also explore strategies for creating your own age-appropriate art lessons.
2 Hours of Set 2 Learning Environments Curriculum (LEC) credit available 
July 13th from 6:00-8:00pm
Register Here for only $20

2 Weeks Ready Community Conversation

Join OregonASK in an online conversation on  what systems and supports Child Care and Afterschool Programs need for an emergency situation focusing on the Columbia Gorge area including Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman, Wasco & Wheeler Counties. Click here for more information about 2 Weeks Ready.
1 Hour of  Set 1 Health, Safety, Nutrition (HSN) credit available.
 July, 17th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Register Here  for FREE

Storybook Art: Art Projects Based on Children's Books

Participants will enjoy exploring strategies, techniques and tools to make artwork  based on 
classic children's books. 
2 Hours of Set 2 Learning Environments Curriculum (LEC) credit available 
July 16th from 6:00-8:00pm
Register Here  for only $20!

Employee Wellness For Afterschool Providers
In this session participants will explore the importance of taking care of oneself, physically and mentally. Participants will examine the effects of what we do for ourselves on a chemical level and how it translates to how we function in the afterschool environment with additional stressors of children, parents, and overall situation.
2 Hours of Set 2 Health, Safety, Nutrition (HSN) credit available.
July 21st from 1:00-3:00pm
Register Here for only $20!

Fostering Grade-Level Reading: Supporting Readers in  K-3rd Grade
In this session participants will examine the learning process of beginning readers and develop strategies to support them in their programs. Following the training participants will be invited to join an implementation cohort around Fostering Readers for two sessions. 

2 Hours of Set 2 Learning Environments Curriculum (LEC) credit available
July 29th from 6:00-8:00pm
Register Here for  only $20

Participants in July 29th training may also register to join the Foster ing Readers Implementation Cadre  August 11th and 25th, from 6:00-7:00pm. Cadre participants can receive 2 Hours of  Set 1 Learning Environments Curriculum (LEC) credit for $20 Register HERE.
Oregon Legislative Special Session Update

During our 42nd Special Legislative Session, the Oregon State Legislature made great strides during the 3 days they were convened in Salem. They were able to wrap up unfinished business from the February short session, address much needed relief for renters and property owners, as well as other COVID-19 issues and needs, including the start of improving police accountability. You can find out more specifics directly from the  Oregon Legislative website, and a few highlights are also listed below: 
  • Police accountability through establishment of the Joint Committee on Transparent Policing and Use of Force Reform. The committee is to examine use-of-force and transparency policing policies and propose legislation by the end of the year.
  • Increasing access to broadband supporting equitable access to education for children 
    • Adopted legislation established a Broadband Fund, including setting up mechanisms to help fund broadband service infrastructure projects in order to expand broadband access across the state.
  • Housing stability and family economic security through legislative victories providing homeowner protections against mortgage foreclosures and extending a moratorium on evictions through this September with a repayment period through March 3, 2021.
Ready for the Fall 

So much has changed since students left their school buildings last March. The original plan of being out of school for a matter of weeks turned into students being home for six months with many experiencing little support for continuing remote education. With the Fall school year approaching, schools across Oregon are working hard to put together plans on how to safely reopen schools and provide the essential supports their students will need. The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) recently came out with the updated  Ready School Safe Learners guidance that provides some structure for School Districts to plan within. You can continue to provide feedback HERE as  ODE will be providing updates throughout the summer, including on:
  • Tuesday, July 21st
  • Tuesday, August 11th

As stated throughout this guidance, schools are supposed to include community partners in the planning process and we encourage all afterschool programs, whether normally in a school building or not, to reach out to principals and district administration now to support planning efforts. Contact Bethany Thramer if you would like sample documents to help guide your coordinated discussion and planning.

2020-21 Save the Dates!

July 6th-11th: National Summer Learning Week

September 18th: OregonASK Virtual Partner Meeting

December 4th: OregonASK Partner Meeting  

February 19th, 2021: OregonASK Partner Meeting

May 14th, 2021: OregonASK Partner Meeting


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