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February 2016 Members' Monthly
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ASW:NYSAN Members' Monthly 

Keep students active during the winter months!


Winter is always a tough time to keep students active outside of the classroom, but what if you could take a few minutes each day to foster physical fitness indoors? The New York City Department of Education has produced resource manuals and a video for teachers and program staff to incorporate physical fitness activities into their programs. The 6-minute video contains activities such as “True or False”, “Wipeout”, and “Nature Walk” that combine academics with physical activities to help students stay active while continuing to learn.

Another resource for teachers and staff to use to introduce health activities is the Just Move toolkit from New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center's Department of Child & Adolescent Health’s CHALK initiative (Choosing Healthy & Active Lifestyles for Kids).
 

Survey on Staff Retention and Turnover


One of ASW:NYSAN’s partners is currently gathering data on staff retention and turnover in afterschool programs. These results will be shared with lawmakers in order to show the need for increased investments, not only in children and youth, but in the program staff that serve them. If you would like to contribute, please take the survey here. Any help would be appreciated!

#WeLoveAfterschool Campaign


The Afterschool Alliance is leading a nationwide social media campaign to highlight the benefits of afterschool programs and allow participants to share what they love most about these programs. 

What does it take to participate? Just print the graphic shown on the left, add what you love about afterschool, snap a picture, and post to social media using the hashtag #WeLoveAfterschool. Don't forget to tag @NYSAN in your tweets so we can share! 

The full social media toolkit, including the graphic on the left, can be found here

Upcoming ASW:NYSAN Events

2/18- WEBINAR: Game On! Game Design in Afterschool Programs
Join ASW:NYSAN on February 18th from 1 pm - 2 pm EST for Game On! Game Design in Afterschool Programs. This webinar will examine how computer gaming has become part of the fabric of youth culture, and can be an entryway into the world of computer science. Learn how your afterschool program can add Game Design to its curricula, and how other youth programs use game design to engage youth not just in STEM, but also in solving problems in their own communities. This webinar will feature presenters who implement game design. 
Presenters will include:

Roberto Joseph, Hofstra University's National Science Foundation-funded iDesign Curriculum
Ariam Mogos, Global Kids
Farah Sammour, iCanCode

Webinar link: http://bit.ly/1QYG2PZ (You may join the webinar at the start of the presentation)
Call-In Information: 877-668-4493; Access Code: 646 278 213

4/15/16-4/16/16: 2016 ASW:NYSAN Annual Conference- Registartion is Now Open!

As a current ASW:NYSAN member, you receive a $20 discount with the coupon code MEMBER16. 

Join us in Saratoga Springs, NY for the 2016 ASW:NYSAN Annual Conference! We are excited to bring you 30+ workshops centered around youth development and program sustainability, along with hours of networking opportunities over two days in beautiful Saratoga Springs, NY.

Early bird rates are available for those who register by February 26, 2016!
Visit the Conference Webpage

Upcoming Trainings and Webinars


2/17/16- WEBINAR: Building A Robust Afterschool System: Lessons And Opportunities
This webinar will examine and highlight the elements of afterschool system building in three cities: Palm Beach County, Florida; Seattle/King County, Washington; and Providence, Rhode Island. Presenters will discuss their cities needs during the initial system building and the challenges and successes they have experienced along the way. The webinar will be held from 2 PM – 3:15 PM and registration can be found here.

2/25/16- Using Read Alouds to Foster Language Development
Join presenters Daniel Gorsky and Shannon Davis of Read to Succeed Buffalo for an in-person training on effective strategies to enrich the language experiences of children. The training will be held from 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM at the Seneca Babcock Community Center in Buffalo, NY and RSVP information can be found here.

3/9-3/12/2015: Beyond School Hours National Education Conference
The Beyond School Hours conference will be held in Dallas, TX from March 9-12, 2016. More information can be found here.

3/10/16- Mentoring Matters Conference 2016- Strengthening Youth Engagement
The Mentoring Matters Conference will be held at LIU Post on March 10, 2016 from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. This year’s conference will include a keynote address, two workshop sessions, and a plenary session to end the day. Workshop descriptions and registration information can be found on the Eventbrite page 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.

9/22-23- SAVE THE DATE for the 2016 Transition Age Youth Institute!
This year’s Transition Age Youth Institute will be held in Saratoga Springs, NY and will include topics including:

  • Emerging Trends and Practices with School Systems
  • Community Inclusion Strategies
  • Partnerships and Collaborations - Who with and How is it Being Done?
  • Developing Transition Plans & Practices
  • Peer Advocacy and Mentoring
  • WIOA and Youth Focused Opportunities
  • Transitioning Youth from School to Other Services
  • Respite for Youth
  • After-School Supports for Youth with Disabilities

More information will be available in the coming months.

Funding Opportunities

Motorola Solutions Foundation
Deadline: March 2, 2016
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is looking to fund educational programs that promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for youth. The Foundation is placing a focus on funding programs in and around New York City. Learn more about this opportunity from the Motorola Solutions Foundation here.

National Endowment for the Arts Funding for Non-Arts Partners 
Deadline: March 3, 2016
The Art Works: Creativity Connects program is a pilot program supporting partnerships between arts organizations and non-arts partners. These projects should show the benefits that new relationships can have in advancing common goals and how these partnerships build bridges between different sectors. More information can be found here

Captain Planet Foundation
Deadline:  March 15, 2016
Grants from the Captain Planet Foundation are intended to provide hands-on activities that help students understand environmental stewardship and inspire them to participate in community service activities. Grants in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded and more information on how to apply can be found here.

Community Action Grants
Deadline: March 15, 2016

AAUW (formerly American Association of University Women), through its Community Action Grants Program, is providing grants for innovative programs or nondegree research projects that are focused on promoting education equity for women and girls. Special consideration will be given to projects that are focused primarily on expanding STEM achievement among girls in K-12 and women in community college. More information can be found on the website here.  

William T. Grant Foundation
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. More information is available here.
 
Clean Tech Competition- “Making and Impact”
First Round Submissions Due March 18, 2016
The Clean Tech Competition is open to teams of 15-18 year-olds to take on design challenges that solve real world problems. This year's challenge is to identify a problem associated with the use of plastics or the need for cheap and clean energy and develop a solution that can diminish the negative impacts of these areas. Prizes for finalists range from $10,000 for 1st Place to $1,000 for 4th-10th place. More information can be found on the competition’s website

Young Scientist Challenge
Deadline: April 20, 2016
Discovery Education and 3M are now accepting nominations for the Young Scientist Challenge. In order to enter, students in grades 5-8 must create a short video addressing an everyday problem and offer an innovative solution to address the issue. Ten finalists will be chosen with a grand prize of $25,000 awarded to the winner. Find more information on the Youth Scientist Challenge webpage here.

Peter and Elizabeth Tower Foundation- Intellectual disabilities grants
Deadline: Mid-June 2016

The Tower Foundation’s funding objectives in this area are to improve the delivery of services for children, adolescents, and young adults to age 26 with intellectual disabilities in Erie and Niagara Counties. Eligible grantees include 501 (c) (3) organizations, diocesan and public school districts, charter schools, and nonprofit public benefit corporations. More information can be found on the Tower Foundation webpage.

Kars4Kids 
Deadline: Rolling

Kars4Kids accepts funding submission from organizations for grants in the range of $500-$2000 for extracurricular programs and summer camps. More information is available on the website.

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.

Citizens Bank
Deadline: Rolling
Citizens Bank provides funding to organizations focused on fighting hunger, providing shelter, teaching money management, and strengthening communities. If your organization provides direct services to low and moderate income families, learn more about this opportunity here

My Macy's District Grants 
Deadline: Rolling
Macy’s provides general operating, project, and programming support to organizations focused on providing programs in arts and culture, education, the environment, HIV/AIDS, and women’s issues. To learn more about this opportunity, visit the Macy’s webpage.

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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