September 20, 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.
Welcome to our new Team Members!
Welcome to Kayla Kitchens, Florida After School's Executive Assistant. Kayla first started in the afterschool field as a volunteer throughout high school at the Museum of Arts and Science in Daytona Beach, Florida. She joins our team, adding additional project and office management skills and will also assist with some of our research and training, putting her educational background in Family Child Sciences and Psychology to work. Kayla is a self-professed animal lover and has found a seamless fit with our Tallahassee-based team.

Welcome to Shelby Norwood, our newest resource for programs! We are excited to announce we have added a STEM Specialist to the team. A Tallahassee native, Shelby has fond memories of field trips to the National MagLab and Challenger Learning Center and is looking forward to helping programs access STEM curricula, training and evaluation tools. She joins us from the TEACH Team at the Children's Forum and brings with her nearly three years of direct childcare and afterschool experience. Shelby is currently pursuing a degree in Business Management and is now our second bilingual team member.

Find out what the buzz is all about at Ms. B's Afterschool program in the Treasure Coast and get a glimpse of what serving the whole child means.
'Miss B's' aims to make academic, behavioral services...

As a retired teacher, La' Toya Bullard knows firsthand the many challenges students face when it comes to academic support outside of the classroom. Now, Bullard, founder of Miss B's ... Read More "

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Cathedral Arts Project celebrates new programs and sites

The Jacksonville nonprofit, CAP, provides access to arts education to students living in under-served communities, as well as children and youth with disabilities and those in the justice system. It just announced 28 new programs and 13 new sites ...

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How Tampa Bay youth baseball organizations support...

Just 6.2% of players on 2023 MLB opening-day rosters were African American. It's a problem that starts at the youth level.

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Program aims to combat teen violence after 4 arrested in ...

After several Tampa Bay teens have been involved in deadly shootings over the past few days, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Polk County is working to turn kids away from crime.

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After-school arts program accepting applications

A fixture of Miami's arts scene since 1985, Community Arts Program (CAP) began 38 years ago with its Summer Concert Series, providing a performance platform for local artists and a

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'Everybody matters': Respect Yourself Boys Academy...

After a year-long hiatus from day-to-day school operations, Bethel Christian Academy has opened its classrooms this school year to introduce the all-male Respect Yourself Boys Academy.

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How an After Dinner and Humorous Interpretation speech...

"Welcome to your CPR/First Aid training. Today you are going to learn what it is like to save somebody's life." With these words, Jaimee Canalejo opened her After Dinner Speech at the state's high school speech and debate competition. Her...

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Power Up with the 4-H STEM Challenge

4-H STEM CHALLENGE New activity kits are now available! Explore the exciting world of renewable energy with the Power Protectors. The 2023 4-H STEM Challenge, Power Protectors kits are now...

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Body Language Game - YE Resource from VentureLab

Use body language and tone to deliver (say out loud) the messages with the Body Language Game. It's not just what you say, it's how you say it! The words that leave your mouth are like an empty container that are filled with meaning depending on...

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New Perkins Innovation and Modernization Grant...

Applications for $25 Million in new awards through the Perkins Innovation and Modernization Program through the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education are now open to educational entities

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Shine a spotlight on your students during Lights On...

Put the young people in your afterschool program center stage during your Lights On Afterschool celebration. Hosting a talent showcase is a great way to get students excited about participating in

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USDA Announces Approval of D-SNAP for Florida Disaster Areas

WASHINGTON, September 20, 2023 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that low-income Florida residents in 11 counties (Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Suwanee, and Taylor)...

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Hotel Deadline on Monday for the Florida Afterschool...

Get your professional development needs met this October in Orlando! Navigate the future of childcare and youth development in Florida. Join us this October to learn how you...

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Advancing Health Equity in Out-of-School Time Virtual Institute
Join the Assessment to Action – Advancing Health Equity in Out-of-School Time Virtual Institute on September 26 and October 10. This two-part virtual training series will provide an overview of the National AfterSchool Association’s (NAA) Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards for OST, conducting an assessment, identifying priorities, and action steps for implementation.

Session Dates: 
  • September 26, 2:00 – 3:30 pm EST – This session will focus on the HEPA guiding principles, gathering your team, conducting assessments, and prioritizing strategies.  
  • October 10, 2:00 – 3:30 pm EST – This session will address challenges, solutions to test, and action planning for success.  

Register HERE to reserve your spot or download the one-pager for more information by clicking the image above.
Lights on Afterschool 101 (Webinar)

LOA is back in its 24th year, celebrating afterschool programs, students, and staff! Taking place this year on October 26, 2023, this nationwide event brings together more than 8,000 programs showcasing the important role that afterschool plays in...

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Harnessing the Magic of Math
Join "Scientific Adventures for Girls" for a dynamic three-part virtual training series designed to breathe life into math through games, through meaningful, kid-friendly data analysis, and nature exploration. Our sessions focus on strategies that accommodate multiple grade levels and ability levels, helping you meet each student where they are. Prepare to turn your after-school program into a vibrant and engaging mathematical journey!

October 3rd 12:00-1:00PM EST / 9:00-10:00AM PST 
Delve into the world where play meets mathematics. In this session, we'll explore how common game pieces, such as dominoes and dice, can be transformed into effective math teaching and exploration tools. You'll learn strategies for presenting math concepts in a playful, engaging manner, catering to different grade levels and ability levels. We'll discuss how games can enhance critical thinking, problem-solving, and cooperative learning among students.

October 10th 12:00-1:00PM EST / 9:00-10:00AM PST 
In our second session, we'll focus on strategies to collect and analyze data in fun and meaningful ways. From measuring the bounce of different balls and exploring exponential decay by eating M&M’s, we'll demonstrate how students can become active participants in the world of gathering and interpreting data.
Session 3: Nature’s Numbers: Exploring Shapes & Patterns

In our final session, we will explore the geometric patterns and three-dimensional shapes that exist in the natural world, demonstrating how these can be used to enrich math learning. This session will equip you with strategies to engage all students, from the youngest to the oldest, and from beginner to advanced levels.
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