June  2019 Newsletter
Supporting Parents & Families in Gold Beach   

The Curry Public Library set out on a new adventure in the fall of 2018. As a new recipient of the 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) grant, they were charged with creating an afterschool program that engages and serves the youth and families of Central Curry School District. The program focuses on giving middle school youth a safe, supervised environment where they can be physically active, academically supported, and exposed to new opportunities that inspire and motivate youth during these critical years of development. 

Within a district that serves less than 500 students, on the southern Oregon coast, in the community of Gold Beach with population just over 2,200 people, this program works hard to engage and serve families through several key pieces of program offerings: 
  • Providing transportation home daily
  • Supporting school day academics with daily homework help and access to teachers
  • Weekly Math Monday support open to 3rd-10th grade with additional high school mentors 
  • Coordinated scheduling with athletic & other extracurricular opportunities to support seamless transition from school to homework to athletics to home
  • Quarterly family and community events, including Gingerbread House Contest, Literacy Guest Speaker, and activity night take home bags
Along with specific activities, the ASCEND program works hard to keep parents informed of what happens from day to day through regular social media postings, bi-monthly schedule of activities, and open communication about student needs and interests. To help meet the needs of families, the program will also provide weekly summer programming opportunities, both through the library summer reading program and with regularly scheduled options, such as Zero Robotics. We are looking forward to see how this program continues to grow and thrive, becoming an integral part of the community and system that supports students as well as families. 
This is Afterschool at Self Enhancement Inc 

This is Afterschool - Helping Families and Communities Thrive

Check out our newest This is Afterschool video focused on Family Engagement, created by MetroEast Community Media, that demonstrates the power of afterschool and summer programs in supporting families and communities

If you are interested in sharing your story, please contact  Bethany Thramer  for more information about opportunities to share. 
Quest for Quality Afterschool Conference thi s November 2, 2019!

This year's theme,  Quest for Quality: Inside and Out,  will be 
brought to life with our  Dr. Kendra Coates keynote,  The Power & Potential of a Growth Mindset & Social and Emotional Learning.

For nearly a decade OregonASK has hosted the Oregon Afterschool Conference, providing engaging and evidence based workshops on various topics connected with professional development credit through the Oregon Registry system at PSU.  OregonASK strives to deliver quality professional development opportunities that are accessible and applicable to all within the expanded learning world.  We're accepting presenter applications through June 30th, so sign up  sign up here  if you are interested or contact   Bethany Thramer   with any questions about the conference or presenting.
Policy Updates on Supporting Student Success

After spending over 1 year hearing from youth, educators, stakeholders, and parents, the Joint Committee on Supporting Student Success created a framework, funding outline, and accountability system that could increase student outcomes across Oregon. That work is defined in the Student Success Act, a $1 billion annual investment to school districts, Education Service Districts, and early learning providers to create a more comprehensive system to support our most vulnerable youth.  

The Student Success Act has passed both House and Senate with strong support from many educators, and even the Oregon Business Industry, a member-driven advocacy organization, working for sound public policy on behalf of the business community, was neutral (meaning not officially opposed) on the legislation that will create a business revenue tax. However, the process is not over yet. As partners in this work, you all play a crucial role in helping share about the importance of expanded learning programs and services in seeing underserved, vulnerable youth find success in school and beyond. You are welcome to use one of these templates to share your story about supporting families, providing summer learning, or inspiring student dreams with local legislators, champions, and decision makers at this critical time in the process for building long-term systems of support. 
Federal Legislators Making a Stand for Youth  

In Washington DC, federal legislators continue to make a stand for youth, supporting legislation and funding appropriations for afterschool and summer meals, as well as 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) grants. While the fight is not over yet, it is encouraging to see many from both sides of the room, supporting critical programs for Oregon youth. You can read more about what is happening nationally with HERE.

If you wish to say thank you, or share your story as part of the evidence that these funds and programs should continue, you can join the Afterschool for All Challenge with an easy CLICK HERE. Send an email, make a call, or set up a visit - no matter how much time you've got, there is an option to make an impact and connect with your federal legislators.
Next Phase of our Afterschool Access and Equity Research Project

The OregonASK team traveled around the state over the last year to see what afterschool looks like and understand the unique barriers in different parts of the state. Not only have we heard from those as we traveled, we've had hundreds of programs provide information through our online surveys. If you haven't had the chance yet, it isn't too late to add your voice and be entered in raffle drawing - Take our Program Management or Site Survey Staff Today!

Our next phase of work starts this summer with our Data Design Team and stakeholders from various roles around Oregon to analyze the feedback we've received and make recommendations on tools and resources that would be most helpful to address identified challenges. This team will be meeting on July 16th, in Wilsonville or online, from 10am-12pm. Please RSVP Here to help make sure you get materials and resources before the meeting. You can also read our Interim Report Now!
 Contact Juan.Soto@oregonask.org with questions.  

THANK YOU to all who have participated! We hope this data will help grow resources so more programs can reach the youth and families who need quality expanded learning opportunities. 
Where will you be eating this summer? 

Whether you have heard, experience it yourself, or see it everyday in your program, hunger during the summer months is a real threat to thousands of Oregon youth. Help spread the word about free summer meals for anyone 18 years and younger at sites all over the state. No paperwork is required, just show up and receive a delicious meal served in community parks, schools and faith based centers. 

To find a Summer Meal Site near you click here, text  "Summer Meals" to 97779  or  call 1-866-348-6479 Click here  i f interested in learning more about Summer Meals across Oregon or if  you're interested in being a Summer Meal Sponsor email ODE Community Nutrition  or call 503-947-5894.  The deadline for applications is May 15th so make sure to click here if you are interested in learning more about becoming a Summer Meal Site this summer.
Summer Opportunities
FREE Girl Up STEM Camp
Girl Up is excited to be hosting a Women in Science (WiSci) STEAM camp in Bend Oregon for girls in 7th-9th grade! WiSci Camps are a once in a lifetime opportunity for young women to take a deep dive into STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design, and Math) alongside peers and develop their leadership skills in a unique cross-cultural environment. WiSci camps are safe environments that bring together 100 teen girls from three countries or more to live and learn for two weeks together! Facilitators will teach girls to value risk taking, to bounce back after failing and to build resilience!  Click here for more information!
Programming will run from July 28th- August 3rd and it'll be held at Oregon State University. The deadline to apply has been extended to June 15thClick here to apply!

STEM CAMP Oregon State University
Oregon State University (OSU) is hosting a Summer STEM Aca demy from late June to mid-
August for incoming 3rd- 12th grade students. The camp will offer different topics such asDrones, Lego Robotics, Cybersecurity, and much more!. 

NW Cyber Camp
Join other high school students in learning how to defend computers against hackers, gain exposure to one of the most exciting, in-demand careers, meet industry professionals and position yourself for a real-world internships! Three NW Cyber Camp students have already landed  paid internships  with top Oregon cyber security companies! To find out more,  click here!

These are just a few of things we've heard about going on this summer. Find out more on our   Summer Learning Around Oregon   page.
OregonASK VISTA Highlight

The Afterschool Alliance has just released a Program Spotlight  that highlights OregonASK's commitment to utilize AmeriCorps VISTAs in supporting expanded learning in Oregon. We are so happy to continue our relationship with national and state partners that make this work as fruitful as possible. Thank you to all those who have served as VISTA's and to our partners who continue to provide knowledge and guidance for these growing, passionate individuals. 

Additionally, OregonASK is still looking for a  dedicated and driven professional looking to be part of our team to make an impact in Oregon communities. It is a full time, one year position: 
My Brother's Keeper VISTA  OregonASK will develop strong links to communities of color, community partners (community colleges/universities and workforce boards) and after school and summer learning programs to increase access to high-quality educational, enrichment and mentoring opportunities for youth of color.  To see more or apply for this position  click here .
2019 Save the Dates!
June 11th-12th- Afterschool for All Challenge
July 8th-13th-  National Summer Learning Week

October 11th-  OregonASK Partner Meeting

October 24th- Lights On Afterschool 
November 2nd - Oregon Afterschool Conference "Quest for Quality"

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