September 2023

Upcoming Opportunities

Complete by September 15th: Student Summer SEED Survey

September 1st through 30th: National Attendance Awareness Month, learn more about its importance HERE

September 10th through 16th: National Suicide Prevention Week, learn more about suicide prevention and its importance HERE

September 12th: STEM & Data Collection Opportunities session RSVP HERE

September 19th: Music Math: Unexpected Math, Creating Rhythms, and Making Rhythm Patterns, 10-11:15am Register HERE for FREE

September 22nd: OregonASK Quarterly Virtual Partner Meeting, 1-2:30pm RSVP HERE

October 14th Solar Eclipse! View solar eclipse path HERE and help students learn about this rare event using these NASA resources

October 26th: Lights On Afterschool

November 4, 2023: Oregon Afterschool Fall Conference from 9am to 5pm at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, OR.

Register Now for Oregon Afterschool Fall Conference!

Together We Thrive: Fostering a Sense of Belonging in Afterschool and Summer

Join us for an extraordinary event at Clackamas Community College that celebrates the heart and soul of afterschool education — connection. Get ready for a transformative experience designed for afterschool, enrichment and summer program leaders, direct service staff, and all those passionate about shaping the future of our youth. 

Find the full draft brochure and registration HERE.

Keynote from Jillene Joseph, Executive Director of the Native Wellness Institute

OregonASK is excited to help celebrate National Native American & Indigenous Heritage Month with our dynamic Keynote to kick off the conference. Jillene is an enrolled member of the Gros Ventre or Aaniiih people from Fort Belknap, Montana. She lives in Oregon with her life partner and children. She is the Executive Director of the Native Wellness Institute and helped to found the national non-profit organization in 2000. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Community Health Education and has served Indian Country for 30 years providing training and technical assistance in a variety of areas. Jillene has traveled to hundreds of Native communities and interacted with and learned from thousands of people. Whether she is providing youth leadership training, assisting women heal from childhood trauma or helping to bring wellness to the workplace, Jillene shares her passion for being positive, productive and proactive. She enjoys beading, reading, pow wowing and spending time with family and friends.

Afterschool and Summer Programs Support Thriving Communities

Take Our Summer 2023 Update Survey

Help us understand the need and update information that can shared with legislators. We invite anyone who provided summer programs to take This Short Survey. If you have any questions, please reach out to

Get Connected with OregonASK

Join OregonASK online at our quarterly Partner Meeting on September 22nd or join our September 12th discussion about STEM Resources & Opportunities.

And if you are interested in chatting with one of our staff about upcoming opportunities or getting more connected, please reach out to so we can help set up a call.

New 21st CCLC Afterschool Programs Usher in Exciting Opportunities from Literacy to Cultural Programs to Wellness

The Oregon Department of Education is thrilled to announce the organizations who will receive the federally funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant to support afterschool and summer learning opportunities. 

A total of 27 organizations will receive 21st CCLC grant funds each year over a 5-year period. In each of the first 3 years, $11.4 million will support Oregon communities with individual amounts ranging from $211,250 to $500,000 per year.

“Whether in class or afterschool, every hour of every day is a learning opportunity,” said Dr. Charlene Williams, Director of the Oregon Department of Education. “These grant funds serve as an infusion of resources that prioritize key policy initiatives and equity levers. ” You can also read more in this recent story about the new Jefferson County program.

For more information on the 21st CCLC program and the new grantees, please visit this website or contact

Supporting Youth Professionals throughout Oregon

Music Math with Afterschool Math+ FREE Webinar Series

Register HERE to attend one or more of the following live online workshops and learn how to use free AfterSchoolMath+ activities in your program, and earn Oregon Registry credit for your participation! Thanks to STEM Next for making this opportunity FREE for ALL!

All sessions will be from 10-11:15am PDT.

Unexpected Math, Creating Rhythms, and Making Rhythm Patterns

  • September 19th

Composing Music (with Math!)

  • October 17th

Discovering Music Fractions

  • November 14th


  • December 12th

Asynchronous Training on OregonASK Online - Build Skills at Your Own Pace!

Check out these trainings available for all new or frontline staff at only $30 each. All asynchronous trainings are self-paced and will award 2 hours of Oregon Registry aligned credit for the person who signed up.

Behavior Management: Transitions And Time Fillers

In this session, participants will explore strategies to transition students between different activities and reduce or eliminate waiting time. Participants will also explore activities that keep students busy and reduce behavior problems. Register HERE for this UGB Set 2

Lesson Planning Strategies For Afterschool

This workshop will cover all the components of planning an afterschool activity for short (less than 1 hour) activities and multiple week courses for your afterschool program. Participants will spend time working on a lesson plan and should leave this workshop with a ready to use template. Set 1 LEC Register HERE

Engaging Youth Through STEAM & Entrepreneurial Skills Activities

Educators will understand some of the reasons why teaching youth entrepreneurial skills and mindsets is important, explore several ways to integrate this learning into their STEAM programs and activities, and design a sample integrated lesson plan to fully engage students in their own programs. Set 2 LEC Register HERE

Looking for something else?

Don't forget about new site coordinators or directors ...

Read more about OregonASK HERE and reach out to our Outreach & Curriculum Designer, Kelsey Nagel if you are interested in a specific training or would like more information about a contract or technical assistance with OregonASK.

Collaborative Expanded Learning Policy Update

Oregon Summer Learning Collaborative, expanded learning partners, and statewide advocates are continuing work together with the goal of establishing ongoing state investment in afterschool and summer. Based on the collaborative efforts made over the last year building the road map for where we want to go, there will be several work groups activated to focus on implementation. With collective discernment, we selected two initial work areas to prioritize the goal of elevating collaborative voice for those serving our most underserved youth and communities (particularly small and rural programs): 

  • Build a funding model that supports long-term investment in expanded learning programs
  • Develop a cohesive message that effectively communicates impact and engages legislative champions in sustaining this work and investment.

These work groups will be part of the Expanding Afterschool and Summer Experiences (EASE) collaboration and charged with creating a short term work plan to the whole collaborative to review later this fall. If you are interested in participating over the next two months, please fill out the form HERE to join in.

We hope these groups will be representative of the diverse organizations and partners who have participated and those that serve Oregon’s youth and families. If you have questions, you are welcome to reach out to or 

Elevating Student Voice with Summer SEED Survey

You have the opportunity to elevate student voices in your summer programming! ODE has released an optional 2023 Student Voice, Summer SEED Survey for Community-Based Organizations designed to capture students’ sense of belonging and experiences during summer programs and summer camp. 

  • The survey provides an opportunity to hear directly from students on their experiences in summer camp.
  • It only takes 10-15 minutes to complete. 
  • The survey includes flexible administration options: Administration Guide. 
  • Meant for Students entering grades 3-12 who did Summer Program. 
  • Available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Russian
  • The results will be shared in a statewide report to help inform future planning of summer learning opportunities. 

Use THIS LINK by September 15th to have youth in your program participate!

Voices From The Field

East Metro STEAM Partnership Inspiring Young Minds with E-Sports and Industry Connection

East Metro STEAM Partnership (EMSP) is part of the state funded STEM Hub network, supporting formal and informal STE(A)M learning across the state. As a partnership of local programs, educators, and industry representatives, they are focused on increasing access to relevant science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematic opportunities. If you are looking for more information about the E-Sports event they hosted in June, check out EMSP's TwitchTV channel HERE

Boys & Girls Clubs Supporting the Whole Child

The Boys & Girls Club of Emerald Valley worked hard to show off a successful summer to federal and state legislators. Their summer efforts and outreach was showcased in a local article that shared the importance of collaborative and complementary afterschool and summer programs. Read More HERE

KidSpirit Supporting Inclusive & Encouraging Spaces

KidSpirit is a summer learning program affiliated with Oregon State University that serves children from ages 2 to 18. The program’s leaders, Karen Swanger and Janet Swensen take pride in developing youth positively through their program. One of the primary ways KidSpirit enables positive youth development is by intentionally creating an environment in which participants can healthily interact with their peers and build new friendships. In addition to creating a safe, accepting environment for these school-age youth, KidSpirit seeks to expand youth’s horizons and build their interests by offering a plethora of interactive educational and enrichment activities that revolve around areas such sports, art, science, cooking, and more. To read more about how Kid Spirit impacts youth and their community, visit our Partner Stories page HERE.

National Opportunities Thanks to Million Girls Moonshot

Techbridge Girls Curriculum with Training & Kits

Join the Techbridge Girls Information Sessions to learn more about our program offering for this Fall! Each service equips educators with gender- and culturally-responsive teaching tools and full program kitting materials to support youth persistence in STEM and expose girls to BIPOC peers and role models from STEM fields. Participation includes educator training, all materials and a stipend.

Complete an application by September 6th HERE.

ACRES Coaching: Asking Purposeful Questions

Questions begin a path toward 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 or finding new ways to connect with other educators across the country and to reflect on practice. This is our introductory module and a prerequisite to other opportunities. *The expectation is that you will be live at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort.

The sessions will take place on Wednesdays 10/04, 10/18, and 11/01 from 3:00pm - 5:00pm PDT. Register HERE with the code AC321PQ.

Click2Engineering: Engineering Mindset Fall Community of Practice

The Click2Engineering community of practice (CoP) introduces out-of-school time educators to the basics of engineering and leading engineering activities with youth. The CoP is organized around the 10 Practices for an Engineering Mindset, and includes hands-on engineering activities, developing engineering experiences for youth, and learning skills to facilitate engineering practices. The CoP is 4 meetings over 6 weeks.

The sessions will take place on Thursdays 09/14, 9/28, 10/12, and 10/26 from 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT. Register HERE

You’re a Computational Thinker Workshop

Learn what computational thinking means and reflect on the ways in which you are already a computational thinker. Learn how you can help youth develop as computational thinkers and leave with strategies you put into use right away.

Register HERE for the workshop Wednesday, Sept 20th at 9am PDT

Scientific Adventures for Girls Math Curriculum Training

Participate in this dynamic three-part virtual training series designed to breathe life into math through games, through meaningful, kid-friendly data analysis, and nature exploration. 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!

Session 1: Let’s Play

  • Date and time: Tuesday 10/3 from 9:00-10:00AM PDT 
  • 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.

Session 2: Data Detectives

  • Date and time: Tuesday 10/10 from 9:00-10:00AM PDT 
  • In the second session, we'll focus on strategies to collect and analyze data in fun and meaningful ways.

Session 3: Nature’s Numbers: Exploring Shapes & Patterns

  • Date and time: Tuesday 10/17 from 9:00-10:00 AM PDT 

Register for each individual session HERE

We Need Your STEM & Entrepreneurial Learning Stories! 

Do you promote STEM or Entrepreneurial skills & mindsets in your afterschool or summer programs? Things like innovation, engineering, problem-solving, collaboration, presentation, media production or design thinking? Have you done some fun STEM activities or projects this year? Have you helped students do an entrepreneurial activity like an invention or pitch event or a youth market? 

If your programs have done ANY fun STEM or entrepreneurial-related activities this year, we'd love to feature your stories in our newsletter and also be able to report on your experiences in our grant reporting. Please take a minute to fill out this form with your information so that we can celebrate your successes. 

Additional Resources & Updates

New ODHS Website Now Live

The new Oregon Department of Human Services website is live, including new pages for local connections and easy access to programs that families may want more information about. You can use the links below to find key resources.

Find Local Offices HERE

Self-Sufficiency Programs Benefits and Assistance including Medical, Food Benefits, Cash and Child Care Assistance Benefits

Domestic Violence Services, Refugee Services or contact if you can’t find what you need?

And don't forget to let staff and families know that all Oregon Health Plan participants are being reviewed, the first round of non-respondants will be losing coverage October 1st. Find out more about renewals HERE.

If you do not get regular updates from Oregon state agency partners, you might consider finding out more about several regular update opportunities from partners we work alongside:

Oregon Department of Education

Department of Early Learning & Care

OregonASK Expanded Learning Partnership
Wilsonville, OR 97070
Want to stay up to date on OASK events as well as general OST information?