December 7, 2022
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 Team Member, Debi Emry!
We are excited to announce that our team is growing! Ms. Debi Emry joins Florida Afterschool as our Training & Events Coordinator. Debi’s career includes over 25 years working with afterschool programs for Brevard Public Schools as an afterschool program site coordinator and 20 years as Brevard’s district afterschool coordinator overseeing as many as 58 fee-based afterschool programs and nineteen 21st Century Community Learning Center programs. She may look familiar, as Debi has bee working with the Florida Afterschool Alliance (FASA) since 2015 as a consultant to support conferences, training, membership, and finances. We are so excited (and lucky!) to have her join our team.

Spotlight on this unique public-private partnership in Florida's capital city enriching student achievement and personal growth.
Sparking minds through music | Opinion

Imagine a unique partnership that blends the talent and artistry of professional musicians with local school children who may have never even held a musical instrument. Add to that mix the thoughtful generosity of a local banking institution...

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If you have an idea for an afterschool spotlight or would like to be featured, email Holly to help share your story!
Reading mentorship program aims at growing skills and...

A shout of joy echoes through Idylwild Elementary School's media center every Thursday afternoon, as anywhere from 15 to 20 kids run into the room. Fifteen minutes before the double doors burst open, Alexa Tierney, Holly Buss and the rest of...

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DeVos Family Foundation Grant to Help Big Brothers Big...

Gift to specifically aid Big Brother recruitment with goal for over 100 male mentors ORLANDO - Glen Marie Hamilton, the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida, has so many heartwarming stories to share about youth who turned their...

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Hillsborough teens offer after-school lessons, and get...

It is, some of the teens say, a high point in their week. They arrive at 4 p.m. on a Friday at Seminole Elementary School lugging pennies, disposable baking pans and rolls of thin aluminum foil. They are International Baccalaureate students at...

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Grants available for small organizations in NE Florida

CLAY COUNTY - Applications for 2023 Competitive Small Organization Grants are now available! The deadline to apply is Feb. 1 at 5 p.m. ET. These grants are open to nonprofit organizations in Clay, Duval, St. Johns, Nassau, Putnam and Baker...

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Computer Science Education Week Happening Now!

What age or skill level are the resources on Microsoft MakeCode generally targeted toward? Historically, we looked to middle school and high school with MakeCode Arcade and elementary for micro:bit , but our Arcade activities have been trending...

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Learning from Others: Science Outreach Center gets nearly...

When industrial hog farms started locating in Tillery, an impoverished and predominantly Black community in eastern North Carolina, the residents told local and state officials the farms were causing environmental harm and making them sick. Prove ...

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Youth Engagement Report - No Kid Hungry Stories

"A [teen] who's hungry [can't] do their schoolwork, and somebody who's failing in school doesn't have the motivation to participate in school anymore-whether that's from middle school, from high school-that kid drops out because he wasn't being fed.

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Free Resource: Empathy Coupons - VentureLab

This activity asks students to be mindful and "walk in the shoes" of someone they know by considering and encourages them to take empathy to action.

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Florida Afterschool Summit: Florida Specific Preconference before Beyond School Hours
Join your Florida peers for a full-day summit showcasing afterschool innovations and quality improvement efforts. Sessions include leadership and policy development, building a strong afterschool workforce, and how to measure program quality. This summit is designed for out-of-school time and youth development professionals, thought-leaders and front-line service providers.

Dimensions of Success Program Planning Tool

January 23rd & 25th, 1:30 - 3:00 PM ET: The planning tool provides a brief introduction to each dimension of the DoS framework, sample videos, and examples to guide the use of DoS when preparing activity plans for youth.

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December 14: Virtual Education | All Ability Programming

Join Vanessa Spero from UF/IFAS Extension 4-H, for a session on assisting sites in developing programming to meet the needs in their communities.

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ACRES Training Cohort: Facilitating Engineering Practices
Dates: 12:00 PM-2:00 PM EST on the following Tuesdays: 1/10/2023, 1/24/2023 & 2/7/2023
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, you’ll gain first-hand experience with engineering by solving a design problem. As a participant, you’ll examine the components of the engineering design process and discuss ways to model the process with youth. Asking Purposeful Questions is a prerequisite to this skill. Register: Use the code AC285EP
Beyond School Hours 2023 Conference
Save your seat for Foundations Inc's #BeyondSchoolHours 2023 Conference, the premier gathering of education practitioners and thought leaders. Attend top-notch workshops, presentations, excursions + exhibits. Register today!
Last Call for Nominees: NSLA 2023 Summer Learning Awards

It is time to apply for the 2023 Summer Learning Awards. Think your program has what it takes to be recognized as a national leader? Apply today! Applications must be submitted by December 16 at 5:00 p.m.

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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.

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