May 31, 2023
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.
Teen-led Mental Health Summit Empowers Florida Youth to...

More than ever, kids and teens are making their mental health a priority. They're honest about their experiences and serious about self-care. But most importantly, they know they're not alone.

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Strawberry Crest students win Samsung STEM competition...

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. - A group of students from Strawberry Crest High School is celebrating after they won a national STEM award from Samsung. ABC Action News introduced you to the group earlier this month. The group was among 10 schools...

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Teacher gets SPACE scholarship - The Ponte Vedra Recorder

Shannon Johnson, science teacher at Episcopal School of Jacksonville, Beaches Campus, has received the Space 2023 Scholarship to attend the Space Port Area Conference for Educators at NASA this summer. The scholarship was awarded to only 11...

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade names Ariana Luis its...

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade recently announced it has named Ariana Luis, 17, its 2023 Youth of the Year. A panel of community partners served as the judges to select this year's Youth of the Year. To achieve the title of Youth of the Year on ...

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Sarasota summer learning programs keep students on track ...

Many students must start a new school year by rebuilding some of the foundational skills lost over the summer, said Edwina Oliver, an administrative lead for Summer Learning Academies, an initiative of Sarasota County Schools. Yet there are...

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Central Florida nonprofit organization aiming to help...

Thursday's Project CommUNITY is about exposure in the STEAM industry. Researchers say there are underserved populations that have little exposure or none at all to science, technology, the arts and math education.eSTEAMed Learning Inc. is...

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Get Your program Listed in Discover Summer 2023 offers a nation-wide summer learning registry to help families of all socioeconomic backgrounds find local summer programs for their kids. Add your program details to the database.

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H2O Pipeline Program Puts High School Students on a...

The Orange County Board of County Commissioners recently honored the first group of students who successfully completed the H2O Pipeline Program. This initiative, forged through a partnership between Orange County Utilities, Orange County Public...

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Preventing summer fun from turning into drowning deaths

Though Miami's large bodies of water - especially its beaches - are one of many reasons tourists flock to the Magic City, they're also likely why Miami-Dade County leads the state in drowning fatalities.

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Year-round pilot program being considered for Florida...

Florida Sen. Linda Stewart is eager to help roll out a year-round school pilot program. The Florida Department of Education will accept five applications from schools statewide. The program begins in the 2024 - 2025 school year for grades K-5.

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Florida public schools to get funding for more mental...

Dr. Christine Cauffield with LSF Health System joins us to discuss the importance of seeking help and how to talk to your kids about mental health.

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Hiring Interns or Teen Leaders for the Summer?
Click2ComputerScience’s new course, Teens Learning to Lead, is a great way to help new interns get prepared for working with youth. It is a leadership course for high school and college-aged people designed for participants to complete on their own, or with a team. We recommend that teams who will be teaching together over the summer complete the course together. Participants will need a computer and a journal for reflecting on their learning. The reflection points can be the basis for discussions with a supervisor. mentor or coach that will help participants learn and grow as leaders. This is a self-directed online learning experience offered at no cost by Click2ComputerScience. The course is divided into four units with a culminating experience that lets participants apply what they have learned.
Training Cohort: Elevating Youth Voice and Choice
How often do youth in your program get to choose what they’re investigating or designing, the materials they might use, and/or how they engage with the work? In this module, participants try out strategies for elevating youth voice and choice and apply the ideas as they redesign a STEM activity to incorporate a greater variety of youth input. Use the link below to register!
ACRES Training Cohort: Asking Purposeful Questions
Questions begin a path toward discovery, imagination, and STEM exploration. How can we help youth expand and clarify their thinking and develop their reasoning through the questions we ask them? This module is a great way to train staff on how to facilitate STEM learning. Use the link below to register!
Florida Prepaid offers summer savings incentives

TAMPA, Fla. - Florida Prepaid is now offering two new incentives over the summer months to help residents get their child's college savings started. One incentive puts $50 into all new 529 Savings Plans opened through June 30, and the other...

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Social Video Share: Summer Enrichment
Check out this 30-second animated video that shows how kids benefit from summer enrichment and makes the case for using ARP funding to support local summer programs. Fun, upbeat and perfect for sharing!

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