January 17, 2024
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.
Congratulations to the agencies selected for our 2024 STEM Peer Learning Community. We cannot wait to see these STEM programs expand and thrive!
STEM Peer Learning Community Mini-Grant Recipients Announce
Florida After School, Inc. launched its 2024 STEM Peer Learning Community (PLC) this week. This six-month project will unify 15 afterschool programs from across the state to enhance the delivery of science, technology, engineering and mathematics programming in a variety of settings.

If you have an idea for an afterschool spotlight or would like to be featured, email Holly to help share your story!
Miami Dolphins hand out laptops at Local Boys and Girls Club

It was an exciting day in Lauderhill for hundreds of students at the Boys and Girls Club as the Miami Dolphins, in partnership with Microsoft, donated 25 laptops to the location.

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Publix Charities awards $61,000 grant to RCMA

The grant will help fortify educational experience for Mulberry Community Academy students, including funding a construction project and after school programs. Funds will also be allocated towards acquiring essential STEM supplies...

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Festival looking to feature student entrepreneurs

The Florida Gulf Coast Hope Spot Festival is being held February 17 in Dunedin. While the festival is focused on being an eco-friendly event, it’s also becoming the place for young entrepreneurs to get their start in the business world.

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Update: FL bill on EpiPen training for after-school staff

Mom, Sherry Isler, began pushing local leaders for change when she discovered that her kindergartner at Winter Park’s Aloma Elementary would not have access to his life-saving medication while in their extended day program.

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Grover Corlew Donates Gift Cards to Teens in Deerfield Beach

More than 80 Broward County teenagers who attend after-school programs at Boys & Girls Clubs Broward County JM Family Teen Center in Deerfield Beach were recently treated to an afternoon of holiday merriment...

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Stakeholder Input wanted for new Child Care Development Plan

Happy 2024! Child care policy is undergoing its own new year’s revisions, and as key stakeholders, school-age child care providers and afterschool and summer programs serving youth ages 5 to 13 will play an important role.

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Teen Day at the Capitol - Children's Week

Save the date! This unique opportunity for middle and high school students to get a better understanding of the legislative process up close and...

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Three fundamental elements of high-quality OST arts programs

Decades of research have demonstrated the importance of arts education for youth. Dr. Hartmann and Dr. McClanahan’s presentation discussed lessons learned from their 2.5-year study with five Boys & Girls Club-affiliated organizations...

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FPL STEM investments support community, strengthen...

"By sparking curiosity and creativity in today's students, FPL hopes to drive greater opportunity and prosperity - and help train tomorrow's STEM professionals and community leaders," said Juliet Roulhac, FPL director of corporate external affairs.

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NFTE WSI invites young people to help change the world

Cash prizes for winners! The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) World Series of Innovation (WSI) invites young people to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing humanity and help advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Explore workforce ready curricula with WFSU

Students rarely imagine what they will be doing to earn an income when they complete their schooling, but this webinar (and links!) give you access to FREE resources to help you help them imagine their tomorrow.

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Florida bill proposes musical approach to STEM education ...

A bill making its way through the Florida Senate aims to help students learn STEM through music. The bill proposes a program called Muzology, a music-based learning platform geared toward making learning effective and fun.

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Mizzen Education: Content, Community, and Education Empowerment
Webinar: Thursday, January 25 at 1:00 p.m. EST
Embark on a virtual journey to boost your creative confidence in youth development with Mizzen Education! Explore human-centered, engaging, and brain-friendly learning experiences with us. Utilize collective wisdom and expert-designed resources from Mizzen to discover solutions for free, relevant content and easy-to-implement activities. Get ready to learn by doing, make meaningful connections, and have fun—leaving inspired to create this enriched environment for the youth in your program!
ACRES Coaching: Facilitating Engineering Practices
Webinar: Mondays 1/29, 2/12, 2/26/2024 at
Engineering has become a staple of STEM programming for youth. How can we confidently bring engineering into our programming and support youth as they engage in problem solving? In this module, participants gain first-hand experience with engineering by solving a design problem. They examine the components of the engineering design process and discuss ways to model the process with youth.
Out-of-School-Time Learning: What Works and What We Still Want to Know
Talk and Resource Share: Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 4PM-5PM
This talk will share resources including the What Works Clearinghouse through the Institute of Education Sciences and other databases to help providers and researchers understand what works in Out of School Time (OST) settings. Further, we will examine ongoing research in the field and consider what research questions need to be answered to move the OST research agenda forward. An overview of the research regarding creating positive learning environments—what are best practices in working with the whole child--physical, social, and emotional will be included.

Speaker: Dr. Holly Miller (U.S. Department of Education)
Click 2 Computer Science: Building Strong Teen Leaders
Webinar: Wednesday February 14, 2024 at 12PM
Prepare yourself to support the growth and development of young staff members and teen volunteers. This workshop will provide resources, strategies, and ideas from the Click2ComputerScience team and an engaging discussion with colleagues.
Beyond School Hours - Conference Schedule Available

FEBRUARY 14-17, 2024 NEW ORLEANS, LA HILTON RIVERSIDE REGISTER NOW We focus on the hottest topics in education to spark your interest and keep you at the forefront of innovation. Whether you'

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