Promoting young people's safety, learning, and healthy development outside the traditional classroom

March 2012
Please find the March Digest below.  Please let us know if you have content you’d like featured in a future Digest, questions about anything that appears here, or any other feedback you would like to share by contacting me at:
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Jyoti Folch
Policy and Communications Coordinator 

NYSAN News and Resources

  • NYSAN Regional Networks: State Budget Advocacy Activities

NYSAN collaborated with The After-School Corporation (TASC) to coordinate and assist with advocacy activities across New York State.  With the help of afterschool and expanded learning advocacy materials, the following NYSAN regional networks conducted successful advocacy events to convey the value and impact of afterschool and youth development programs: the Greater Rochester After School Alliance (GRASA), the After School Network of Western New York (ASNWNY), the Upper Hudson Afterschool Network (UHAN), and the Expanded Learning Network of the Southern Tier (ELNoST).  NYSAN thanks all of the regional networks for their hard work advocacy efforts!  For more information contact us. 

  • New Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Initiatives Webpage
NYSAN recently added a new STEM Initiative page to the website.  This page features NYSAN's current strategy in expanding interest in STEM learning and careers through afterschool, work to date across New York State, and useful resources for the field.    

News from the Field

  • Cornell University Cooperative Extension and ACT for Youth collaborate to support healthy youth
ACT for Youth Center of Excellence, in partnership with Cornell University Cooperative Extension, developed Guidelines for Healthy Food and Beverages for Adolescent Health Programs for youth-serving providers, funded by the New York State Department of Health.  These guidelines give practical ideas for offering healthy food choices, raising awareness about nutrition, and engaging participants in menu planning and food preparation.  Please find check out the webinar and a related research article discussing approaches that support youth development and healthy habits.
  • KnowledgeWorks: Innovative work in high-school and their communities
Knowledge Works is leading high school innovation and preparing students for tomorrow’s challenges by restructuring the way the schools operate.  KnowledgeWorks' goals include a community-based strategy featuring broad collaboration across all sectors.  Students in KnowledgeWorks high schools are graduating in higher numbers, closing the achievement gap, and are college-ready.  Read up on their collaboration with the Strive partnership in Cinncinati and the strong foundation built in that community.
  • Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF)

In February 2012, CACF and Pumphouse Projects released a new report “We’re Not Even Allowed to Ask for Help” on Asian Pacific Americans (APA) and education.  The publication focuses on the effects of poverty on APA students' education, as well as the academic and developmental needs of APA youth.  In particular, take a look at the section devoted to the availability (or lack thereof) of youth services in NYC.  Please find the full report here.  

Tools, Research, and Resources

  • Discussion Guide: A Look at Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS)

The National Women’s Law Center and partners at CLASP announced the release of their collaborative report: A Count for Quality: Child Care Center Directors on Rating and Improvement Systems.  As the QRIS has become more widespread, this report gives an inside look at how these systems are working and how they can improve from the perspective of child care, afterschool, and expanded learning providers.  The report interviewed a diverse group of child care center directors who have a range of experience participating in QRIS in nine different states.  Please find the report here.

  • New Report: A Look at Child Poverty in New York State

A new publication from the NYS Council on Children and Families and the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance explores the role of poverty in children’s lives in New York State.  In addition to general poverty information, there are sections describing children’s social / emotional development, physical health, and information on child care assistance.  Please find the report here.

  • Toolkit: Expanding Horizons by The Asia Society

The Asia Society provides tools and resources so programs can develop and implement effective expanded learning programs to help students achieve global competence.  The Expanding Horizons Toolkit has been updated to help realign activities to boost students’ global learning experiences, assist programs in engaging appropriate stakeholders, and broadening the idea of when and where global learning experiences can occur. Download the guide here

Event Announcements

  • Expanded Learning Time to Improve Science

On Wednesday, April 4th, The After-School Corporation (TASC) - in partnership with the National Center for Time and Learning (NCTL) - will be hosting an event at the American Museum of Natural History with local and national panelists to explore the movement to improve science education through expanded learning time.  Discussions will revolve around NCTL's recent report - Strengthening Science Education: The Power of More Time to Deepen Inquiry and Engagement - that highlights five elementary and middle schools that have blended the power of time and the teaching and learning of science effectively.  To register, please click here.

  • Partnership for After School Education (PASE) Conference: Leadership, Program, Impact

PASE's annual conference "Leadership, Program, Impact" will be taking place on July 17th, 2012 at Pace University.  Please check the PASE website for more information. 

Funding Opportunities

  • May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust

The May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust seeks to foster healthy development and future independence by increasing opportunities for children and youth (ages 0-25).  Among the programs of greatest interest to the Trust are those offering direct services to disadvantaged children and youth. For eligibility requirements and to learn more about applying for funding, please click here

  • The Wal-Mart Foundation

The Wal-mart Foundation supports programs and initiatives addressing education, workforce development, economic sustainability, and health and wellness.  For health and wellness in particular, the Foundation looks to promote healthy lifestyles and behaviors.  For more information, click here.




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