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JUL
23

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It's back! Nominate a program today for the Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award

By Nikki Yamashiro

For the second year in a row, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and the Afterschool Alliance are thrilled to present the Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award. We need your help to find the next Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award winner that will receive $10,000 for their program, be recognized in a joint Dollar General Literacy Foundation and Afterschool Alliance issue brief, and be featured in upcoming webinars and national conferences.  

This year we are searching for afterschool programs that provide year-round support to help improve their students’ reading, writing and critical thinking skills. In a departure from last year’s eligibility requirements, we are opening up the award to afterschool programs that serve students of any age, including elementary, middle and high school students.

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learn more about: Funding Opportunity Literacy
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JUL
16

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Celebrate the power of parks in keeping kids active during Park and Recreation Month this July!

By Lindsay Damiano

This is the 30th year of celebrating July as Park and Recreation Month, and the National Recreation and Park Association is recreating like it’s 1985 with events across the country.

For decades, local parks and recreation departments have been providing kids with a safe place to stay active and programming that encourages them to explore. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) finds that access to parks leads to more active communities, and park programs are among the 80 percent of afterschool and summer programs that provide kids opportunities for physical activity. Last year, Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation’s Extended School Enrichment Program won the Lights On Afterschool photo contest, showcasing park programs’ diverse opportunities including helping kids explore nature and helping them capture it on camera!

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JUL
14

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Webinar recap: Moving from awareness to action in bullying prevention

By Rachel Clark

Afterschool programs have a key role to play in addressing bullying in their communities—it’s critical that afterschool professionals feel prepared and empowered to stop bullying. To share important resources and strategies, the Afterschool Alliance joined the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration to co-host a bullying prevention webinar on June 24.

Webinar attendees heard from Erin Reiney, Director of the Injury and Violence Prevention Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Health at HRSA/Maternal and Child Health Bureau; and Dr. Susan Limber, Dan Olweus Professor at the Institute on Family & Neighborhood Life at Clemson University. The expert presenters showcased the StopBullying.gov Training Module and Community Action Toolkit and reviewed basic research about bullying affecting youth at every age. To help spread the word, participants also came away from the webinar prepared to educate other community leaders about bullying prevention and to organize an awareness-building event in their communities.

If you weren't able to join the webinar (or just want to refresh your memory!), don't worry—a recording of the presentation, including all of these key resources, is available for you to access anytime.  

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learn more about: Events and Briefings Youth Development
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JUL
14

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Deadline extended: One more week to answer a short survey and a chance to win a $200 prize!

By Nikki Yamashiro

Photo via Cumberland County 4H.

A huge thank you to all of the rural afterschool program providers who have completed our survey and shared with us the unique opportunities and challenges they face in their rural afterschool programs. The response to the survey has been so great—with responses from afterschool programs in nearly all 50 states—that we don’t want to stop just yet. 

We have extended the deadline for the survey by one week. You now have until Wednesday, July 22 at 11:59 p.m. EDT to complete a short survey that will help us better understand the needs of rural afterschool program providers and that will give you a shot at winning a $200 Amazon gift card. To be eligible for the drawing for the $200 Amazon gift card, respondents must:

  • Be a rural afterschool program provider and
  • Complete the full survey.

Again, please one survey response per afterschool program.

It will take less than 10 minutes of your time to let us know about the great work you are doing for the children and families in your community and what supports are necessary for your program to better meet the needs of your community.

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JUL
2

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Are you a rural afterschool program provider? We need your help!

By Nikki Yamashiro

Together with the Iowa Afterschool Alliance, we are calling on all rural afterschool program providers to complete a short survey on the challenges and opportunities unique to their program. By completing the full survey—which should take less than 10 minutes of your time—your program will be entered in a drawing for the chance to win a $200 Amazon gift card. It’s a win-win situation. Filling out the survey will make sure that your voice is heard as we work to better understand the issues providers face and practices they implement when it comes to reaching and serving children and families in rural communities, AND your program has a chance to win an Amazon gift card!

We ask that each afterschool program designate only one staff member to fill out the survey on behalf of the program.

The survey is open for just two weeks, and will close on Wednesday, July 15 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

We’re excited to hear from you and learn more about all that you are doing for afterschool!

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JUL
1

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Recognize students' achievements with new digital badges resources

By Dan Gilbert

For today’s youth, learning takes place everywhere. We all know that there are a wealth of opportunities for youth to develop new skills and produce knowledge in afterschool and summer learning spaces, yet recognition of learning and skill development is all too often confined to the classroom, failing to recognize the valuable experiences and knowledge that students gain after the school day ends. A promising new movement to address this problem is gaining traction around micro-credentials called digital badges. Digital badges provide afterschool and summer learning programs with unique opportunities to recognize students’ achievements outside of the classroom.

Our new set of resources, “Digital Badges In Afterschool: Connecting Learning in a Connected World,” details digital badging efforts around the country. With support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the resources include short case studies of badging efforts coordinated by statewide afterschool networks in Oregon, Michigan, Rhode Island, Ohio, and Maryland, along with examples of digital badges issued in programs, recommendations for programs that are interested in introducing badges, and lessons that network and program staff learned along the way.

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JUN
30

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Check out our new look @ afterschoolalliance.org

By Ursula Helminski

Last week, we rolled out a new look at afterschoolalliance.org.  Don’t worry, all the resources you’ve come to expect on policy, research, advocacy, funding and communications are still here – but in a new and improved format. 

We’ve worked hard to make it easier to find the information you need, with brand new search features to make our best research more accessible and a revamped Afterschool Toolbox full of practical tools to strengthen (or start!) a program. We've also added new visuals to make your visits to our site more enjoyable.

There will be a few hiccups here and there during this transition.  We thank you in advance for your patience.  If you notice something awry while you're exploring, post a comment or drop us a line at info@afterschoolalliance.org so we can address it right away.

We hope you enjoy surfing around the new afterschoolalliance.org, and we want to hear from you! Do let us know what you think in the comments section below, and provide any suggestions you have for our site.  We will be rolling out more improvements throughout the summer!

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JUN
22

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Project Play: A playbook to get every kid in the game

By Lindsay Damiano

Project Play, a report and initiative created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Aspen Institute, and other advocates for children’s health, explores ways to engage more kids in physical activity. “A playbook to get every kid in the game,” Project Play provides ways that communities can come together to fight the decline of kids’ participation in sports.

The National PTA Conference, taking place this Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina, offers a perfect opportunity to share the problem addressed and the tools suggested in the Project Play report with parents, teachers, and other friends of afterschool. The report finds that fewer than half of children ages 6 to 11 are engaging in the recommended 60 minutes of activity each day, in part due to a decline in participation in team sports. Project Play finds that household income is the largest determinant of a child’s access and participation in programs – children living in low-income households are about half as likely to participate in sports as children from wealthier homes, the report finds. Afterschool programs help to fill that gap and keep all kids active through play. On a typical day in an afterschool program, 67 percent of kids are physically active for 30+ minutes. Project Play aims to make 100 percent of kids able, confident, and wanting to be active by age 12, and everyone is a part of their strategy.

  • For parents: Join a local sport board and promote inclusive policies to increase all kids’ access. Support your local afterschool programs, where children can learn and play sports in a fun, non-competitive environment.
  • For teachers and administrators: Commit to providing recess and daily physical education, and explore expanding access to intramurals and alternative sports. Grow efforts to open up your facilities during the non-school hours to community sport groups.
  • For other friends of afterschool: Advocate in your communities for open play time in gyms and fields, and turn the space over to kids. Donate your time and skills to help afterschool programs provide quality physical education and inclusive sports playing.

Afterschool plays a major role in keeping kids active. Let’s bring parents, teachers, and all other community leaders together to help America’s kids become active for life.

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