September  2019 Newsletter
2019 Oregon Afterschool Conference  REGISTRATION OPEN!

Join professionals from all around Oregon on our quest for quality! Examine what makes quality afterschool and summer learning opportunities from the inside and out.

The conference will take place at Chemeketa Community College on 
November 2nd, 2019 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Early Bird Rate of $89 until September 30th; $99/person after September 30th.

Important registration information: This year's registration process allows each participant to select which workshop sessions they will attend. That means you'll need to take a look at the list of workshops to complete your registration. Sessions will fill up on a first come, first serve basis.  Please read through our  Conference Brochure  to select sessions and take a look at our  FAQ  to help answer any questions you may have.

You can find more information for Betty Gray Scholarships for Licensed Centers here and currently serving AmeriCorps & VISTA's can contact for the 50% discount code.   If you are registering as a group, please reach out to Helene Hancock and you will receive a promo code to enter for each individual person to use. 

If you are interested in volunteering, CLICK HERE  to fill out our form.
Defining Quality: Diving Deeper in Growth Mindset 

Introducing our new series: Defining Quality. Each week we will be using our ABC's of ELO's (expanded learning opportunities) to highlight a term that allows us to have greater shared understanding within our expanded learning network. This week's term is:

Growth Mindset:   The beliefs that talent and intelligence can be improved through learning and meaningful practice. 
We see it as a crucial skill for afterschool professionals to allow themselves to grow and be challenged in order to work with children from all backgrounds and abilities.  The terms Fixed and Growth mindsets originate with Carol Dweck and over the last decades, has been expanded on by partners such as Mindset Works .

At Oregon Afterschool Conference, the conference Keynote will be on 
The Power & Potential of a
Growth Mindset & Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). There are also two sessions by our keynote for participants to apply concepts within two specific categories of our quest for quality:  
Growth Mindset Inspires Student Dreams
Participants will explore how a growth mindset and SEL supports quality programs that can inspire student dreams. The session will include deeper exploration around understanding and applying a growth mindset to working with youth. Participants will examine how their own behavior and actions impacts students on a daily basis.
Tapping into Growth Mindset to Build Quality Program Systems
Participants will explore how a growth mindset and SEL supports building quality through systems and structures. Participants will examine how to apply a growth mindset to systems, protocols, and actions to access individual potential while sustaining a quality program.

Make sure to register soon and select your conference sessions if you are interested in learning more about embracing Growth Mindset and empowering us all to continue growing.
Lights On Afterschool 20th Anniversary this October

Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year.

The Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights On Afterschool to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things-such as science, community service, robotics, Tae Kwon Do and poetry-and discover new skills. The events send a powerful message that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs.

Hooray to Lincoln County Youth Development Coalition who has already added their Lights On Event to the national database! 

Whether you have time to plan an open house or just take a picture for your social media, we hope you are able to help spread the word that having Lights On Afterschool makes a difference! Check out this year's resources: everything from social media and outreach templates to graphics and press release images.  Find out more here!
Tapping into the Power of High School Professionals...

OregonASK Supporting Summer Jobs

In 2018, OregonASK hired our first high school student in over a decade. This summer, we added another to our team to keep us connected with youth and support summer job opportunities. Alexei and Michael have been working at OregonASK on the new Afterschool App being developed by the Mott Foundation, Mizzen. They have each contributed to vetting new afterschool curriculum and activities for the App. Their work has been a key help in developing the platform as they add contents and consider usability, quality, and relevance for afterschool programs throughout the country. Alexei and Michaels' creativity, skill, and patience have made it possible for OregonASK to function as the content arm of the Mizzen Project, gathering new contributing partners from Gilbert House Children's Museum to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

High School All Stars Passing on their Passion

Last month, OregonASK participated in a collaborative summit for girls & women in technology where we met an inspiring young student who had built her own summer camp and now afterschool program, we couldn't help but share. 
Bit by Bit is a nonprofit organization run by students for students. They teach students of all levels how to code by helping them create real websites from scratch. They believe the best way to learn is to get down-and-dirty with real code and real projects. All programs are led entirely by women, with some for young women exclusively. They run three clubs -two in the Lake Oswego area and one in Beaverton that are free for students. To learn more, visit or contact the founder at
They also run a summer camp called Hello World in August and are looking for ways to make it more affordable and accessible.  If you are interested in getting connected find out more at @bit_by_bit_coding or Hello World Code Camp.
Access & Equity Data Design Meeting This Month 

Thank you to everyone who has participated and provided feedback throughout this process. We hope that by hearing directly from youth, families, and programs that we can make a stronger case for more resources and support in providing expanded learning opportunities in communities across Oregon. 

We will be reconvening our Data Design Work Group on September 27th and October 24th, to review updated data analysis of program staff, offerings, access to training and so much more. We will also take time to review drafted materials for implementation. You will be able to join online or at our office in Wilsonville. Please contact
if you would like to be added to the invitation list. 

The final report will be released later this year, but in the meantime, make sure to check out our
Did you know it is Attendance Awareness Month? 
Celebrated for the first time in September 2013, the  Attendance Awareness Campaig n
 is a nationwide recognition of the connection between school attendance and academic achievement. The goal is to mobilize schools and communities  to promote the value of good attendance and to take concrete steps toward reducing chronic absence. Today 75 national organizations are working in partnership. In 2019, we invited state-level organizations and agencies to join the Campaign.

Read these 
key messages you need to know about attendance.
 For more resources you can use to involve your program and promote Attendance Awareness Month, 
click here!
If you are looking for local connections, think about joining our Oregon Afterschool Conference focused on addressing chronic absenteeism,  Equipping Programs to Increase Student Attendance with Sean Aker during the 3rd workshop block.
Bon Voyage & See You Soon, Bernard! 

We were thrilled to keep Bernard Rahming on staff with OregonASK after his 1 year of VISTA service working in our Access & Equity/My Brothers Keeper role. He was able to continue efforts working as a Community Outreach & Research Project Coordinator, working directly with East Metro STEAM Partnership, Zero Robotics, and our Data Design Team. However, we are happy to say that Bernard will be taking a position with our friends at Oregon MESA as the Program Coordinator. Bernard will be focused on outreach and events, overseeing our community recruitment, outreach to volunteers, families and alumni and also taking a lead on MESA Day.

We look forward to staying connected as he joins us at OregonASK Partner Meetings and our continuing efforts around 
Access & Equity.
Join the OregonASK Partner Meeting on October 11th 

 We are looking forward to our first partner meeting of the new school year on October 11th from 9:00 am-12:00 pm! We will be reflecting upon the last year, discussing plans for our 3 year work plan under a new Mott grant, introducing our new quality campaign, reviewing the ABC's of ELO's (Expanded Learning Opportunities), and hearing updates from our partners. 

We hope to see you there!  RSVP here 
Mark Your Calendars for Afterschool & Summer Day at the Capitol January 15th, 2020

 OregonASK will be sharing our Quest for Quality stories with Oregon Legislators this winter, preparing to join legislators in Salem on January 15th during Legislative Committee Days. This January visit will be just a few weeks before the Legislative Session as committees review the work done since July and final decisions and rules being enacted. We will be keeping you updated this fall on key legislative opportunities and hope that many programs will be able to join us in sharing what makes you unique in providing Quality expanded learning opportunities. 
2019 Save the Dates!
August 1st-  Oregon Afterschool Conference Registration OPEN

October 11th-  OregonASK Partner Meeting
October 11th & 12th - OregonAEYC Conference @ Mt Hood

October 24th- Lights On Afterschool 
November 2nd - Oregon Afterschool Conference "Quest for Quality"
January 10th - OregonASK Partner Meeting
January 15th - Afterschool & Summer Legislative Day at the Capitol
February 3rd  - March 6th: Oregon State Legislative Short Session 
April 10th - OregonASK Partner Meeting

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