January 25, 2024
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.
Join us for an exciting day at the Florida State Capitol in beautiful Tallahassee! This is a must-attend event for all teenagers who want to learn about government, politics, and make their voices heard.
DON'T MISS THIS: Teen Day at the Capitol '24

Teen Day is February 28! Get ready to engage with lobbyists and law makers, tour the capitol, gain a deeper understanding of how our state government works, and connect with other like-minded teens. FREE tickets are available now.

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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!
Limited Access, Affordability Lead National Push For OST...

Thriving OST programs offer students sought-after opportunities for safe, supervised enrichment activities outside of traditional school hours. They are in high demand for families but access, availability, and affordability are challenges.

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Electric School Buses in Miami-Dade Thanks to Student & EPA

Middle schooler lobbied the Miami-Dade School Board about converting to electric buses in 2019. The district now has 50 electric buses replacing ones that spew diesel exhaust. This will double thanks to a $20 million grant through the U.S. EPA.

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Festival looking to feature student entrepreneurs

The Florida Gulf Coast Hope Spot Festival is being held February 17 in Dunedin. While the festival is focused on being an eco-friendly event, it’s also becoming the place for young entrepreneurs to get their start in the business world.

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High School Graduation Rates in Florida Hit Record High

The Florida Department of Education announced that the state's 2022-23 high school graduation rate climbed to 88 percent, an increase of 0.7 percentage points over the previous school year and a 1.1 percentage point increase over the pre-pandemic ...

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This Valentine's Day, share reasons you LOVE afterschool!

There are millions of reasons to love afterschool. Afterschool programs keep kids safe, inspire learning, and help working families. Tell the world why you, your students, and your community love your afterschool program!

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DUE FEB. 1: AIM High Grant Applications

New York Life Foundation & the Afterschool Alliance invites out-of-school time programs to apply for an Aim High grant, supporting and bolstering their efforts to prepare middle school students for success in high school, college, and beyond.

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DON'T MISS THIS: Speak Life End Bullying Film Screening

Florida After School, Inc. presents Speak Life End Bullying Film Screening on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee, Tallahassee, FL. Find event and FREE ticket information here!

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New technology lab offering STEM education to children &...

A new technology lab is setting up shop in South Florida. "Fab Lab Miami" has the goal to offer engaging science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programming to children and teens.

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Announcing the Swift Student Challenge 2024

Apple is proud to support and uplift the next generation of developers, creators, and entrepreneurs with the Swift Student Challenge. The Challenge gives thousands of student developers the opportunity to showcase their creativity and coding...

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Check out this program: NBA Math Hoops

NBA Math Hoops leverages the game of basketball and the NBA/WNBA brands to build fundamental math and social-emotional skills through a physical and digital basketball-themed board game, a curriculum, and a community program experience.

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Three fundamental elements of high-quality OST programs

Decades of research have demonstrated the importance of arts education for youth. Dr. Hartmann and Dr. McClanahan’s presentation discussed lessons learned from their 2.5-year study with five Boys & Girls Club-affiliated organizations...

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ACRES Coaching: Facilitating Engineering Practices
Webinar: Mondays 1/29, 2/12, 2/26/2024 at
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, participants gain first-hand experience with engineering by solving a design problem. They examine the components of the engineering design process and discuss ways to model the process with youth.
Out-of-School-Time Learning: What Works and What We Still Want to Know
Talk and Resource Share: Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 4PM-5PM
This talk will share resources including the What Works Clearinghouse through the Institute of Education Sciences and other databases to help providers and researchers understand what works in Out of School Time (OST) settings. Further, we will examine ongoing research in the field and consider what research questions need to be answered to move the OST research agenda forward. An overview of the research regarding creating positive learning environments—what are best practices in working with the whole child--physical, social, and emotional will be included.

Speaker: Dr. Holly Miller (U.S. Department of Education)
Click 2 Computer Science: Building Strong Teen Leaders
Webinar: Wednesday February 14, 2024 at 12PM
Prepare yourself to support the growth and development of young staff members and teen volunteers. This workshop will provide resources, strategies, and ideas from the Click2ComputerScience team and an engaging discussion with colleagues.
The NAA24 Convention is coming up! Register today.

Find your all at the NAA24 Convention from March 17-20, 2024 at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, Texas! Connect with influential leaders, showcase your products, and expand your market reach. Gain credibility, forge partnerships, and become a leader.

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