November 2015 Members' Monthly
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ASW:NYSAN Members' Monthly 

Supporting Social and Emotional Development In Afterchool

You’ve probably heard “social emotional learning” mentioned in reference to afterschool or expanded learning time, but what does it mean? Social emotional learning is the process of learning valuable life skills such as how to properly manage emotions, make responsible decisions, and communicate effectively with others. Afterschool programs provide a flexible and supportive environment for youth to develop the skills to make ethical and effective decisions in school and life.

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) has been on the front lines of social emotional learning and has developed tools and resources for afterschool professionals to support the social and emotional learning in their programs. The first brief in their series on applying afterschool research to practice focuses on developing social and emotional learning in youth through high-quality afterschool programs. The growing recognition afterschool programs have received in developing these skills has come along much faster than the tools to measure them. AIR’s Supporting Social and Emotional Development Through Quality Afterschool Programs examines the work that has already been done to define social and emotional learning and shares research on the positive effects afterschool programs have on developing these competencies. In addition to the research provided in the brief, AIR has also developed a self-reflection tool to allow afterschool staff to reflect on their own social and emotional development in order to better support the development of those skills in youth.

Apply for the New York Life Excellence in Summer Learning Awards

The Excellence in Summer Learning Awards recognize high-quality summer programs that have a positive effect on the academic achievement and health development of youth people. The annual awards are given to programs that are able to demonstrate the impact of their program on youth development.  More information, including the application, can be found on the NSLA website.

In 2015, the Rochester Summer Scholars program was one of three programs nationwide to receive an Excellence in Summer Learning Award. The program, aimed at eliminating summer learning loss for Rochester city students, provides full day programming for five weeks during the summer. Activities are broken into four 80 minute blocks that include math, English language arts, and enrichment activities, including rock climbing, yoga, and arts. Learn more about the Rochester Summer Scholars program in the 2015 Excellence in Summer Learning Award Bulletin here.

From the NAA

Empowering People and Teams

Staff turnover and transition often leaves program directors training new staff to take over for those who have moved out of the field. Instead of bringing in leaders from outside of your afterschool program, what if you were able to effectively develop leaders from within your program? This short article from the National Afterschool Association includes tips and resources for cultivating an environment that empowers and inspires afterschool staff to develop their leadership potential.

Michelle Steffes, CPLC, shares a few tips on how you can empower staff in your program below:
  • One method of showing compassion and making employees feel valued is to support them when they are struggling. "Take the time to find out what's going on. Mentor them—give them the support they need. Don't use ultimatums or intimidation. Employees who are in fear paralyze their ability to rise to their full potential."
  • Supporting employees in their success is another element of compassionate leadership. Steffes recommends tangible recognition, such as cumulative reward cards that could be exchanged for a gift card, bonus or logo wear once a certain level had been achieved; handwritten notes acknowledging specific accomplishments; a public recognition board; team compensation; published recognition; or even a "white elephant" prize passed from employee to employee.
  • Periodic surveys are another strategy for giving your team a voice. Steffes recommends using an outside party to conduct a survey every six months. 
 You can read the full article on the NAA website.

Upcoming ASW:NYSAN events


Save the date for the 2016 Conference!
April 15-16, 2016
Saratoga Springs, NY

ASW:NYSAN is excited to announce that we will be holding a spring conference in Saratoga Springs, NY on April 15 and 16th. We look forward to bringing you more workshops, networking opportunities, and a greater conference experience. More details will be released in the coming month, but for now, please mark your calendars!

Upcoming Trainings and Webinars

11/20 – WEBINAR: STEM Equity and Identity
This webinar is the second part of a two-part series on addressing the equity issue in STEM education. Join the webinar from 1:00 – 2:30pm on 11/20 to learn what steps can be taken to address this equity gap. The webinar will be available here.

12/10 – WEBINAR: This is Your Brain Online: The Impact of Digital Technology on Mental Health
The widespread use of digital technology in our everyday lives has a measurable impact on the development of the human brain, particularly in young people. This webinar, held 12/10 from 3:30-4:30pm, will review current research on the impact and implications of digital technology on brain development during youth. Register for the webinar here.
12/14 – WEBINAR: Increasing College & Career Readiness through Afterschool & Competency-Based Learning
AYPF has been exploring competency-based learning in high-quality afterschool programs and its effect on student’s college and career readiness. This webinar will provide an opportunity to learn about the current trends of competency-based learning and the strategies used to bridge them with afterschool programs. The webinar will be held from 3:00-4:00pm on 12/14 and registration can be found here.

3/20-3/23 – National AfterSchool Association Convention
NAA’s 2016 convention is heading to Orlando, FL from March 21-23. Join over 2,000 afterschool professionals for 3 days of training, networking, and professional development. Registration is now open and can be found on the convention website here.

Funding Opportunities

Sports 4 Life
Deadline: November 23, 2015

The Women’s Sports Foundation is offering grants to create and expand developmental youth sports programs, primarily serving underserved African-American and Hispanic girls, ages 11 to 18 years old. More information can be found here.

No Kid Hungry Youth Ambassador Program
Deadline: December 1, 2015

No Kid Hungry has an open grant opportunity for schools who want to promote afterschool meals, and it is also a great way to further promote the afterschool program. Grant awardees would receive $1,000 to appoint students as afterschool ambassadors to encourage their peers to partake in afterschool meals. Schools would select ambassadors, choose a coordinator at the school to kick off the program, implement the pilot for three weeks, and report back with results. The $1,000 supports the school and the sponsor costs to implement the program, as well as provides incentives for the ambassadors for recruiting more students. More information can be found here.

Team America Rocketry Challenge
Deadline: December 4, 2015

Since 2002, the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) has allowed youth to collaborate on a national rocketry project where a winning team receives a  $100,000 prize. This year’s contest challenges students to design, build and fly a rocket carrying two raw eggs to an altitude of 850 feet and return them to ground with the eggs un-cracked within 44-46 seconds. If you are interested in entering this contest, more information is available here.

The Voya Foundation Education Grants
Deadline: December 18, 2015

The Voya Foundation is offering childhood education grants to support and improve education for youth in grades K-12, with an emphasis on underserved children. More information can be found here.
Walmart Community Giving Grants
Deadline: December 31, 2015

Community Giving Grants range from $250 to $2,500 and are awarded to organizations concerned with benefiting residents within the service area of a Walmart store. Interest areas include Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Women's Economic Empowerment and Career Opportunity. More information can be found here.
Finish Line Youth Foundation
Deadline: December 31, 2015 (quarterly)

Finish Line is providing multiple grant opportunities to community based programs working with children and youth. Programmatic grants ($5,000), Legacy grants ($10,000-$75,000), and Founder’s grants ($5,000-$25,000) are available, and more information can be found here.

Extended School Day/ School Violence Prevention Grant
Deadline: January 8, 2016

The New York State Education Department has released the request for proposals for the ESD/SVP program. Annual grants of up to $350,000 for five years will be made available. The full RFP is available here.  

William T. Grant Foundation
Research Grants
Deadline: January 12, 2016
The William T. Grant Foundation will be awarding funding to projects aiming to address the theories and policies that affect the social settings of youth ages 8-25. Grants range from $100,000 to $600,000.
Youth Service Improvement Grant
Deadline: March 16, 2016
The Youth Service Improvement Grants support NYC community-based organizations to enhance services to children and youth, ages 5 to 25. Youth Service Improvement grants fund standalone projects that improve the effectiveness of services to youth and children.
Community Grants Available in New York City
Deadline: January 25, 2016

The Citizens Committee for New York City is awarding micro-grants for school and community improvement projects based in low-income neighborhoods or Title 1 schools. Mini-grants for up to $3,000 are awarded to projects that are resident led. More information can be found here.
The Awesome Foundation
Deadline: Rolling
Grants of $1,000 are awarded to projects that range from public artwork to scientific experiments that help bring communities together. These grants are provided to projects with no strings attached. More information can be found here.

Join the ASW:NYSAN LinkedIn group

Joining groups on LinkedIn enables you to find other afterschool professionals and engage in dialogues related to the field. Join the ASW:NYSAN group today!
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