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JUL
28

POLICY
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Kids Count 2015 Data Book reveals insights about children's education, health, and more

By Jillian Luchner

Annie E. Casey released its annual Kids Count 2015 Data Book last Tuesday. The report divides child well-being into four major areas: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. For the most recent year of data (2013), the report finds data trends in education and health improving while economic well-being and family and community trends have declined. Overall trends (such as those reported below) suggest that efforts to support child safety and development may be yielding some rewarding results. However, these trends may hide what is occurring in one region or for one group. Details in the report specify how each state and major race/ethnicity sub-group has been affected in each of the four categories.

Among the positive trends:

  • High school graduation rates are improving. The percent of students not graduating on time was reduced from about one in every four students (25%) in 2007/08 to slightly under one in every five students (19%) in 2011/12. 
  • More parents now have diplomas. In 1990, 22% of children lived with a head of household without a high school diploma, by 2013 the number had fallen to 14%.
  • More children are covered by health insurance. In 2008, 10% of children were uninsured. By 2013, the number of uninsured dropped to 7% (representing an uninsured population of 5.7 million children). States vary greatly in coverage rates, with a low of 2% uninsured in Massachusetts and a high of 15% in Nevada.
  • The rate of teen births is down to under half the 1990 rate. The teen birth rate among females ages 15-19 in 1990 was 60 births per 1,000, the rate is currently down to 26 births per 1,000.
  • Mortality rates are down. Among children and teens ages 1 to 19, mortality rates have dropped from 46 in every 10,000 youth in 1990 to 24 in 10,000 in 2013.
  • Teen drug and alcohol use and abuse is down. In 2007/08, 8% of teens ages 12-17 were reported to be using or abusing drugs and alcohol in comparison to 6% in 2013.
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JUL
28

FUNDING
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Mott Foundation invests $4M in Flint afterschool programs

By Rachel Clark

Today, efforts to help Flint, Mich.-area youth succeed in—and beyond—the classroom received a significant boost from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, which has announced nearly $4 million in funding for afterschool and youth employment programs in the area.

"We want to see every young person in Flint and Genesee County succeed in school, work and life," said Ridgway White, president of the C.S. Mott Foundation. "We believe high-quality afterschool and job-training programs are essential to helping students achieve that success, which in turn helps to build the strength and stability of the community as a whole."

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learn more about: Academic Enrichment Youth Development Community Partners
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JUL
24

POLICY
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Senate Judiciary Committee passes Juvenile Justice reauthorization bill

By Erik Peterson

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a markup of S. 1169, the bipartisan Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2015. The measure would authorize critical juvenile justice programs operated through the Department of Justice and originally enacted through the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Protection Act of 1974 (JJDPA) which last expired in 2007.

From an out-of-school-time program perspective, programs previously funded in JJDPA assist counties and communities in investing in collaborative, community-based delinquency prevention efforts to reach youth in need. Title V delinquency prevention funds are used by counties to support prevention programs targeting youth at risk of becoming delinquent or to intervene with first-time and non-serious offenders to keep them out of the juvenile justice system.

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JUL
24

LIGHTS ON
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Registration is now open for your Lights On Afterschool event!

By Lindsay Damiano

Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide celebration of afterschool, and if you are a program provider, a parent, a community member or a program participant, you know that there is a lot to celebrate. Afterschool programs across the country inspire kids to learn everything from coding to poetry to healthy habits, help working parents, and keep kids safe and engaged after the school day ends. Last year, more than a million people celebrated the unique programs that they love at Lights On Afterschool events across the country. This year, help afterschool programs get the attention they deserve by registering your Lights On Afterschool celebration!

More than 9,000 events come together each October to make Lights On Afterschool a hallmark event of the afterschool movement. In the past, the United States Senate has passed a resolution stating support for increased program access and funding, and the Empire State Building has lit up in support of afterschool programs. Programs have connected with major donors at Lights On events, and each year generates more media coverage than the last, putting afterschool programs in the national spotlight.

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JUL
24

IN THE FIELD
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Join us for a summer meals blog-a-thon and tweetfest!

By Rachel Clark

Combining summer meals and summer learning should be a no-brainer—on July 30th, we’re going to spread the word by taking to the blogosphere and social media alongside the YMCA, the National Recreation and Park Association, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the National AfterSchool Association, FRAC, and the National Summer Learning Association. As Congress considers reauthorization of child nutrition legislation, it’s critical that we come together to raise awareness about the importance of keeping students’ minds and bellies full during the summer months—so we need your help!

Join us on Thursday, July 30 to share the amazing experiences your students are having in summer learning programs: eating nutritious meals, getting physically active, coding, reading, writing and more! Post a short blog and photos illustrating the opportunities you’re providing for young people this summer as they come together to learn and eat healthy meals, then let us know about your blogs at info@afterschoolalliance.org. We’ll also be following the hashtags #SummerMealsAct, #SummerLearning and #CNR2015 all day—share photos of your students eating and learning on social media, and we’ll spread the word about the great work your program is doing by collecting your images on a dedicated Pinterest board.

Not sure where to start? We’ve got a few sample posts to get you started—but be sure to customize them and share your own story!

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learn more about: Advocacy Nutrition Summer Learning
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JUL
23

POLICY
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Fourth cohort of afterschool policy fellows to join advocacy ranks

By Jillian Luchner

Congratulations to the fourth class of White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellows, recently selected to contribute their leadership and expertise in advancing the afterschool field. The fellows, supported under a partnership program between the Riley Institute at Furman University and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, will spend 10 months studying and collaborating to strengthen afterschool networks in their states. The program curriculum includes a week-long workshop, case studies and small learning communities. Each fellow’s work culminates in a state-level policy plan developed in partnership with their statewide networks and us here at the Afterschool Alliance. We look forward to our collaborations in the field.

The 2015-2016 White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellows are:

  • Thomas Azzarella, Director, Alaska Afterschool Network (Alaska)
  • David Beard, Education Policy and Advocacy Director, School’s Out Washington (Washington State)
  • Melissa Beck, Network Lead, The Civic Canopy (Colorado)
  • Susan Gamble, Network Lead, West Virginia Statewide Afterschool Network (West Virginia)
  • Ebony Grace, Director of Expanded Learning Opportunities, NJSACC: The Statewide Afterschool Network (New Jersey)
  • Darren Grimshaw, Major, Burlington Police Department (Iowa)
  • Kathryn Johnson, Executive Director, Alternatives Inc. (Virginia)
  • Don Kent, Chairman, Net Literacy (Indiana)
  • Dave Knutson, VP Government Affairs and Special Initiatives, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (Wisconsin)
  • Lani Lingo, State Director of Education & Specialized Programs, Florida Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs (Florida)
  • Alison Reis-Khanna, Director of Partnerships and Quality Initiatives, Texas Partnership for Out of School Time (Texas)
  • Tammy Shay, Program Coordinator, Maryland Out of School Time Network (Maryland)
  • Erik Skold, Associate Director, Sprockets: Saint Paul’s Out-of-School Time Network (Minnesota)
  • Bethany Thramer, Policy & Outreach Coordinator, Oregon Afterschool for Kids (Oregon)
  • Craig Williams, Teacher, Wyoming Afterschool Alliance (Wyoming)

The fellowship is named for William S. White, president and CEO of the Mott Foundation; Richard W. Riley, former South Carolina governor and Secretary of Education under President Clinton; and Dr. Terry Peterson, national board chair with the Afterschool Alliance and a senior fellow at the College of Charleston. To read more about the fellowship, visit http://riley.furman.edu/afterschool.

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JUL
23

IN THE FIELD
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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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JUL
22

NEWS ROUNDUP
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Weekly Media Roundup: July 22, 2015

By Luci Manning

Karate Kids: Students Learn Self-Defense (Jackson Sun, Tennessee)

Jackson students are getting a workout and learning strategies for self-defense and crisis management in the Fudoskinka Dojo’s karate summer program. Throughout the summer, kids learn the history of various forms of martial arts, watch classic martial arts movies and practice origami and calligraphy. Each morning starts with tai chi, a Chinese martial art that promotes good cardiovascular, respiratory and central nervous systems health. “What I have witnessed is that kids who have a regular cardiovascular program… I find that it’s a lot easier for them to concentrate when they’re physically pushed,” sensei and program leader Sherwin Moore told the Jackson Sun. The karate lessons continue throughout the year as an afterschool program with a focus on academics – students with good grades can win prizes from the “Dojo Store.”

Canton Man Invites Summer School Group to Fishing Pond (Ogdensburg Journal, New York)

Some 30 kids had the opportunity to fish for perch, bullhead and large and small mouth bass in a man-made pond as part of the three-week Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County Summer Fishing Camp. This is the third year William Locy has hosted the summer program at his private pond, which he stocked with a wide variety of fish for their visit. “You have a life experience on how to fish and how to catch fish and get them off the hook,” student Isaac LaRock told the Ogdensburg Journal. “I really like it.” All the kids relished having the chance to get away from school for a day and learn a new life skill they can carry with them for years.

Summer Chess Camp Hooks Local Kids on the Game (Chambersburg Public Opinion, Pennsylvania)

Teacher James Doyle has spent his summer teaching Franklin county students the tactics and strategies of how to defeat their opponent in a chess match. The twice-weekly summer chess camp is a pilot program that has allowed about 20 students to learn the game and improve their skills by playing with peers. The program gives students a productive way to spend lazy summer days and can provide a boost to their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. “(The game) helps build focus and concentration, even in children who have trouble sitting still and concentrating on tasks,” Doyle told the Chambersburg Public Opinion. Although currently Doyle only runs a summer program, he’d like to see chess integrated into local curricula, and hopes to open an afterschool chess club for all area students this year.

Young Readers Revel at Superhero Training Camp (Sierra Vista Herald, Arizona)

More than 90 kids channeled their inner superhero at Sierra Vista Library’s Superhero Training Camp this weekend, participating in hero-centric crafts, games and challenges as part of the library’s summer reading program. The library has been hosting special weekend activities and regular reading events in line with the year’s theme – “Every Hero Has a Story” – to keep kids reading throughout the summer. “It’s about preventing kids from falling into what we call the summer slide, where they basically fall behind in the summer because they don’t keep up with their reading,” librarian Sierra Baril told the Sierra Vista Herald

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