Mark Your Calendars...

September 9, 2012
Imagine if millions of older adults used their voices to advocate on behalf of America’s future: our children and youth. On Grandparents Day, September 9, Generations United is launching Do Something Grand, a call to action and a full week of intergenerational activism. Find resources, ideas and information on ways to get involved at

September 13-14, 2012
The Arts Education Partnership’s Fall 2012 National Forum will explore: what happens when educators break down silos that disconnect arts learning from learning in other subject areas; what happens when you blur the boundaries that separate arts learning in and out of school; and what happens when the arts are engaged to help ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and careers. The forum, Arts Learning Without Borders, will be held in Chattanooga, Tenn. Go online to learn more about the forum and how the sectors of arts, education, business, culture, government and philanthropy can join forces to find arts-centered solutions that help students and communities thrive.

September 17-19, 2012
The National College Access Network (NCAN) is hosting its 17th National Conference, Changing the Odds: College Success for All, in Las Vegas at the Flamingo Hotel. Professional development and networking opportunities will help conference participants serve more students, improve the quality and diversity of services that programs provide, and increase college attendance and graduation rates in your community. Participants can choose from 50 workshop sessions that address critical topics such as college access/success, networks and partnerships, equity, policy, financial aid and more! Click here for more information.

October 15, 2012
Early bird registration for Beyond School Hours XVI will close on October 15. The conference will be held February 20-23 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Florida. Participants will learn how to successfully engage older youth, see best practices in action and connect with education leaders. Ron Clark, the 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year and two-time New York Times bestselling author, will be the conference’s keynote speaker. More information is available online.

October 18, 2012
The Afterschool Alliance will sponsor the 13th annual Lights On Afterschool, raising awareness about the benefits that afterschool programs offer to families and communities across the country. Lights On Afterschool is the only national rally for afterschool programs, and in recent years it has included some 7,500 events throughout the United States and at U.S. military bases worldwide. Be a part of it! For more information, to plan a Lights On Afterschool event or share your plans, register and to sign up for free materials, click here.

October 22-24, 2012
The National Summer Learning Association will host its 2012 Summer Changes Everything national conference in Pittsburgh at the Westin Convention Center. It is the only national conference devoted entirely to summer learning programs. At nearly 60 workshop sessions, the conference will cover a variety of current topics, from health and nutrition to engaging middle school youth to policy trends. For more information and to register, click here.

This story originally appeared in the Afterschool Advocate (Vol. 13, Issue 8).

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