October 19, 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.
America Will Rally for Afterschool Programs Tomorrow,...

WASHINGTON , /PRNewswire/ -- The 23 rd annual Lights On Afterschool , set for tomorrow, will include academic contests, art displays, debates and discussions, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) exhibits, walks and runs, visits from...

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Program Spotlight on a Polk County FFA chapter that is being rewarded for its efforts to combine hands-on learning with career ideation to better prepare students of today for their dream careers of tomorrow!
A Program of Pride and Passion in Central Florida
Featured / October 13, 2022 story and photo by PAUL CATALA For Bella Dykes, it is hands-on classroom experiences that have encouraged her to pursue her goal of becoming a veterinarian. For the time being, she's focusing on learning about the...

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Project Grow After-School Program Wins $25,000 State...

A strong showing of community support lifted Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches' afterschool/summer program, Project Grow, into the 2022 State Farm Neighborhood Assist Top 100, earning the program generous grant funding from State Farm. On Oct....

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Hollywood based Afterschool Program receives NBA and ...

The NBA and State Farm® have collaborated on the State Farm Assist Tracker initiative for the last seven seasons. By providing $5 for each assist produced, the effort converts on-court NBA assists into off-court assistance for STEAM education and ...

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Rev. Hyatt: Reflecting on 20 years of arts leadership in ...

Leading the Cathedral Arts Project for the past 20 years has provided a perfect perch from which to observe the rise of Jacksonville's arts sector. As the sector has grown healthier, so has the quality of life for all residents, including our...

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St. Pete Youth Farm teens fight food insecurity, one...

ST. PETERSBURG - Two teenage girls dragged a wheelbarrow past a sweet potato patch along the side of a greenhouse. Others bent along the long rows of garden beds, tending to peppers, okra and mustard greens.

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School resource officer starts chess club to help students

BRANDON, Fla. - Focus, thinking ahead, planning and analyzing are all skills that one Hillsborough County school resource officer says can be taught by playing one game: chess. Officer Hillary Mitchell said he took it upon himself to teach those...

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Lightbulb Challenge October is a busy month, and not everyone has a chance to attend a Lights On Afterschool event. That's why we've got a digital event to ensure that everyone who wants to celebrate afterschool programs gets a chance: the Lights ...

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COVID-19 relief spending is influencing traditional K-12 ...

Listen to the article 5 min "We've seen a couple of promising trends that break with past practice in the teaching profession, including an emerging commitment to extra pay for longer hours and differential teacher pay that breaks with the...

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US Sailing launches Youth Performance Pathway - US Sailing

As part of its mission to increase sailing participation and excellence, US Sailing has released a new Youth Performance Pathway to connect youth racing sailors to "What's Next" in the sport. The pathway is the culmination of a year-long review...

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'100 Schools in 10 Years', Award-Winning Microschool...

"Mom, I can't do it anymore," said Iman Alleyne's four-year-old son about his pre-kindergarten program. Plagued by anxiety-induced stomach aches and daily crying episodes over going to school, Alleyne's son was sending clear signals that he...

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Million Girls Moonshot Flight Crew Application
The Million Girls Moonshot Flight Crew application is OPEN! Encourage girls that can speak to overcoming barriers in your region to apply. The Flight Crew will give voice to the importance of STEM learning.  

Learning from Others: Employers' involvement in youth ...

Community initiatives like the Greater Cleveland Career Consortium and Cleveland Metropolitan School District's Planning and Career Exploration (PACE) program make it easier than ever for employers to engage with youth. These projects provide...

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Policy Forum is now Virtual (and FREE): Join us on Oct. 21, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 at 10: 00 a.m. ET via Zoom
The Florida Afterschool Network’s second annual Public Policy Forum has shifted to a three-part, virtual series due to the impacts of Hurricane Ian.

7 PD Tools to Help You Grow as an After School...

The after school field is continuously evolving. As policies and education standards change, after school programs must stay aligned in order to successfully serve today's students.That's where professional development (PD) comes in. There's a...

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Youth Engineering Solutions: Information Testing

Educators participate in professional learning that focuses on engineering in afterschool spaces. They implement a YES engineering unit designed for an out-of-school setting and provide feedback and suggestions that inform revisions...

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Webinar: Elevating Quality through Promising Workforce Practices
Mark your calendars for this FREE webinar highlighting how organizations across the country are elevating job quality to address #OST workforce issues. Join us on November 9th to hear more from field leaders.

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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