October 12, 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.
Wishing Jennifer a fond farewell!
Our Youth Entrepreneurship Specialist, Jennifer Smith, will be leaving the Network at the end of this week and transitioning into a new role with one of our YE partners, NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship). In this new role, Jennifer will work with the Southeast Region NFTE Team to facilitate trainings and support school districts with incorporating NFTE programming. This means she will still be accessible to us as we continue our mission to grow the youth entrepreneurial mindset across Florida.

"I am excited for this next chapter," shared Jennifer. "I look forward to continue helping students create a brighter future in which they will learn to survive and flourish in tomorrow's workforce."

Stay tuned for new YE opportunities from the Network in the very near future!
In honor of Jennifer's departure, we thought it only appropriate to spotlight YE in action. Congrats to Riley from SW Florida on your success AND yes, she made it through the hurricane with minimal damage and immediately started helping neighbors!
Florida Teen starts her own business from parents garage
It seems like these days with the internet and social media its easier than ever for someone to start their own business. Which is exactly what this 17 year old Florida girl did in a field you might not expect from a high schooler...

If you have an idea for an afterschool spotlight or would like to be featured, email Holly to help share your story!
Bucs, Clearwater Police Partner To Provide Youth...

CLEARWATER, FL - The Clearwater Police Department, the city's parks and recreation department and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers joined forces on Thursday to host a training camp for about 100 youngsters in Clearwater on Thursday. Held at Walter...

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Boys & Girls Club facilities hit in North Port, Englewood

Two area Boys & Girls Club facilities were significantly damaged by Hurricane Ian - and organizations are shifting resources to try to provide after-school care for children. The Gene Matthews Boys & Girls Club building in North Port has severe...

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Hillel Academy Tampa to break ground on new gym

TAMPA - For 52 years, Hillel Academy Tampa has been raising generations of students to be critical thinkers and provide them with a personal sense of Jewish identity. Last year, the academy saw an expansion with the opening of its Forman Early...

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Afterschool and summer emphasized in House hearing on...

On Tuesday, September 20, the House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education held a hearing on "Meeting Students' Academic, Social, and Emotional Needs." The hearing focused on state and district...

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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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Gulf Shores Middle School after school program receives...

GULF SHORES, Ala. ( WKRG) - Gulf Shores Middle School's "Beyond the Bell" program recently received a financial boost from the Alabama 21st Century Community Learning Center, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Education, which provides...

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7 Ways 5,000 Districts & Charter Networks Are Spending...

This analysis is adapted from a new FutureEd report, "Educators and ESSER: How Pandemic Spending is Reshaping the Teaching Profession." In rural enclaves and city centers, in red states and blue, school districts share the same top priority for...

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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.  

NFTE National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge 2022

Eventbrite - NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) presents NFTE National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge 2022 - Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 787 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY. Find event and registration information.

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VentureLab Career Exploration and Innovation Program -...

Watch students apply their passions and strengths to identify opportunities to discover, research, and innovate a career!

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More than half of superintendents say summer...

This summer, The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) released the third part of their series "School District Spending of American Rescue Plan Funding" which surveys district leaders on how they're using ARP funds to respond to...

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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.

The Free Benefit That Makes People Stay

During the height of the pandemic, feeling unsettled in my OST Director position, I thought about what would change how I felt. After all, the job provided comfort during some of the most trying experiences in my personal life. The organization...

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Scholarships - Prime Time Palm Beach County

Prime Time offers scholarship opportunities for practitioners who may be interested in pursuing certificate or degree programs or attending national/state conferences that are specific to the out-of-school time field. Children and youth benefit...

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2022 SEL Exchange Virtual Summit

The annual Social and Emotional Learning Exchange Virtual Summit brings education champions together to learn and share insights that advance evidence, practices, and policies in support of all young people. The relationships between families,...

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Save the Date!
Lights on Afterschool will be Thursday, October 20, this year! This is the only nationwide event celebrating out-of-school-time programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities.

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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