February 1, 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 new Florida Afterschool Team Members!
Welcome to Lindsey Smith, our team's Executive Assistant. Growing as fast as we are, we need her organizational skills and support around the office! Lindsey is a former preschool teacher who currently resides in Tallahassee, FL. She has an extensive background in the field of early childhood education and has experience working with middle and high school students. She is married to her husband Derek, and together they have two wonderfully curious little boys, Zane and Drake, and two beloved dogs named Molli and Mello. In her free time, Lindsey loves to spend time at the beach and exploring the outdoors with her family.

We have not one but TWO SPRING INTERNS! First up, Dayane Hernandez is currently a senior at Florida State University under the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice and is set to graduate in Spring of 2023. She hopes to enter the Master's program at FSU to enhance her education and pursue her passions within the juvenile justice system. Dayane is interested in entering the criminology field with a focus on the implementation and progression of preventative and reentry related work. Dayane joined our team on referral from our partners with the Florida Juvenile Justice Association. She will be assisting with our policy and youth workforce development initiatives.

Kinara Vitha is currently a senior at Florida State University, majoring in Human Development and Family Sciences while pursuing minors in Psychology, Education, and Commercial Entrepreneurship. Kinara has previously worked in Special Education and Early Childhood settings to pursue her passion for serving children and families in her local community. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree, she hopes to enter the workforce and eventually further her education by attending graduate school. Kinara joined the Florida Afterschool family also as an intern and will be assisting with our capacity building and ARPA initiatives.

Spotlight on STEM in the Suncoast! The State College of Florida Opens a Coding Academy that includes engaging STEM programs afterschool and during school breaks for 2nd - 12th graders. 
State College of Florida Coding Academy is Open |...

Technology affects almost every aspect of 21st century life and it is ever evolving. Making sure your skill sets and/or the skill sets of your employees are developed enough to keep up with technologies evolution has become imperative to staying...

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Congrats to Camila and Jamora from Florida!

The 2023 Flight Crew has been announced and features remarkable youth from across the country. Motivated by their impactful STEM experiences beyond the classroom, these young leaders are currently working in their communities to break down stereo...

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PPG global leaders transform Boys & Girls Club in...

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.--()--PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced the completion of a COLORFUL COMMUNITIES® project in collaboration with Heart of America to revitalize the Florence De George Boys & Girls Club in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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School Board announces Read to Feed program, approves...

Story by ADRIANNE WALLINE CAMPBELL The Walton County School Board held its regular meeting on Jan, 17, 2023, at the South Walton High School. April Wilkes, Executive Director of the St. Joe Community Foundation and Tiffany Nelson of Food for...

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Build-A-Bot Encourages Teamwork with Youth in Afterschool

Everglades Elementary Afterschool Program brought hands-on STEAM activities to the children in attendance by calling on Nexplore , a Prime Time expanded learning opportunity provider. Each child had the opportunity to learn how to build a...

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MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge

Decisions about the use and impacts of working remotely, both on a micro and a macro level, could affect many sectors including government agencies, industry structures, real estate values, the environment, population densities and even career...

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A Lesson for Every Day of the School Year - NASA

With 180 lessons in our online catalog, you can explore Earth and space with us all year long. We show you how with this handy NASA-JPL school year calendar. We just added the 180th lesson to our online catalog of standards-aligned STEM lessons,...

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Results are in! Voters agree that afterschool is a...

Turning on the news today, it's hard to fathom an issue that can generate good will on both sides of the political aisle. But based on new polling results released today, voters nationwide come together in their support for afterschool...

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3 Ways to Nurture a Growth Mindset (Entrepreneurial...

Entrepreneurs know they can improve at anything because their brains grow as they learn and practice new skills. This is growth mindset!

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SAVE THE DATE! Florida Afterschool & Summer Symposium
Already thinking about summer? We are! Florida Afterschool is putting together a three day symposium on April 13-15, 2023, at the B Resort & Spa in Disney Springs! This conference will include a dedicated leadership track, resource hall, peer-led workshops and a Saturday youth summit. Day tickets will be available. Save the date and start planning your travel today! (more details coming soon)

National Afterschool Association Convention

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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February 7: Webinar | How to Deal with Difficult People

Difficult people are everywhere BUT at work our response to them makes a difference. They know how to bring “IT” and learning how to interact with them effectively is critical to overall job success, image, and personal wellbeing.

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ACRES Training Cohort: Asking Purposeful Questions
Dates: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM EST on the following Mondays: 2/13/2023, 2/27/2023 & 3/13/2023
Questions begin a path towards discovery, imagination, and STEM exploration. How can we help youth expand and clarify their thinking and develop their reasoning through the questions we ask them? This module is a great way to train staff on how to facilitate STEM learning. Register: Use the code AC227PQ

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.

Calling On Presenters for Prime Time's Afterschool Symposium

Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc. is requesting proposals for its Afterschool Symposium 2023. This one-day, in-person event will take place on May 12, 2023, at the West Palm Beach Marriott hotel. This year's theme is Shift to Now - Embracing the ...

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