March 8, 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.
Keynote Speaker Announced!
Captain Barrington Irving scheduled to open the Florida Afterschool & Summer Symposium on Thursday, April 13.
Guinness world-record setting and National Geographic Explorer, Captain Barrington Irving elevates the conversation around STEM+ education and describes how to take an innovative approach through technology and creativity. This innovator & aviation expert believes every student can fulfill life's potential with a dynamic STEM+ education when facilitated by transformational industry leaders. When the three-time TEDX speaker shares his journey of sourcing, funding, and building his own plane to become the youngest and first black man to fly around the world solo in 2007, everyone will be motivated to ask themselves, “am I living up to my full potential?”

If our children and youth are hungry, their learning suffers. Hats off to the Escambia County School District for working together with the private sector to promote food security. Afterschool programs are more than just expanded learning opportunities.
How Sodexo and Santa Rosa County School District are...

Schools throughout Santa Rosa County are now offering free after-school meals for students.

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Boxing youth gala set for March 10 at Collaboratory -...

The inaugural SJC Boxing Youth Mentoring Gala will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, March 10 at Collaboratory in Fort Myers. A benefit for the youth mentoring program, the event will celebrate the historic boxing gym and its iconic trainer, Steve...

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First Tee of North Florida new learning center will...

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Hundreds of local kids will have a new place to go after school. The First Tee of North Florida is building a new learning center in Jacksonville Beach. To show you why it's so important, Action News Jax John Bachman...

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Children's Trust Funded 'YouthFirst Century' Introduced...

"Home economics, ya'll!" Standing in the 126-year old Pilgrim Lodge Baptist Church in Century Saturday, Dr. Jessica Griffen introduced her plan to educate area children for an evolving future. The Escambia County Children's Trust (ECT) recently...

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Florida's Legislative Session has Begun

Periodic Updates from Florida After School to Keep You Informed March 7, 2023 The 125th Session of the Florida Legislature is Officially Underway Tuesday, March 7, 2023, marked the start of the 125th

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Bring Your Teens to the Capitol for a Day!

Children's Week is for all children and youth! New this year is TEEN THURSDAY at the Capitol from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on March 30, 2023. This special event will allow students (grades 7th-12th) from across the state to see the legislative process...

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30 of Our Favorite Women's History Month Activities

March is Women's History Month, coinciding with International Women's Day on March 8. It's a time to recognize the achievements of remarkable women from around the globe throughout history. This roundup of Women's History Month activities...

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Florida should pass this bill to allow speed cameras in...

It is dangerous to speed through school zones, and it's against the law. Speeders should be caught and penalized every time. It's that simple. So let's congratulate Sen. Ana Maria Rodriguez, R-Doral, and Tampa Bay's own Rep. Traci Koster,...

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MLB Players STEM League: Florida Exclusive
MLB Players STEM League is a baseball-inspired Learn Fresh program for middle-school age youth that builds students' math and social-emotional skills. The curriculum is tied to Common Core State Standards and 21st Century Learning Skills, and offers a series of adaptable lessons, allowing students to develop important executive function and social-emotional skills while taking a deeper dive into stats and data analysis in the game. Free in-person training sessions for Florida educators interested in bringing MLB Players STEM League to their learning environment is now available. (The in-person training session will take place at the Police Athletic League (PAL) of St. Petersburg on March 3rd from 10am-12pm.)
Florida Ready to Work: March 23 at 11 a.m. ET

Are you working to prepare your students for their future careers? Are you looking for opportunities for your students to earn state recognized credentials? Then we invite you to join us for an Introduction to Florida Ready to Work.

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Exploring Engineering as a Career with Jobs for the Future (webinar)
Join Jobs for the Future (JFF) on March 13, 11:00-12:15 pm PST / 2:00-3:15 pm EST, as they unpack Possible Futures, a no cost career exploration curriculum for learners in grades 6 through 10, consisting of six units that help learners: develop essential employability skills, explore STEM occupations, and better understand themselves and the world of work. In this webinar, participants will dive into the Engineering unit and leave with everything you need to implement the lessons with youth.

Last Call: Join the Florida Family at NAA in Orlando

Prepare for sunshine and soul shine at the NAA Convention in Orlando, Florida, from March 19-22, 2023. NAA23 is the ultimate charging station-powering human connections, inspired learning, and meaningful recognition for OST professionals....

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Register Today! Every Hour Counts Conference: May 30-June 1

Gather with us May 30 - June 1 to share, strategize, and connect. 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.

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