NYSAN Digest June 2014
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NYSAN Digest
June 2014


NYSAN administers, the career site for afterschool and youth work. This month, NYSAN has been hosting webinars with instructions for registering on the site, posting jobs, and posting trainings. Start taking advantage of this free resource to post or find a job and post or find training opportunities. Watch a recording of "Posting a Job on Pathfinder" which will be posted here this week, and register for "Posting a Training on Pathfinder," which will take place on June 19th at 11am. 

Policy Updates

Importance of Media

In order to influence policy change around afterschool, media attention on the issue is crucial. Gearing up for next year, NYSAN encourages all programs across the state to start thinking about getting media attention. Having stories about your program published benefits your program and the field as a whole. To learn how to do this effectively, watch NYSAN's webinar, Media for Afterschool Programs 101

Engage the media in Summer Learning Day on June 20th by inviting them to participate in a briefing webinar on June 19th at 10am. Send them this media advisory now, and follow up with them about your summer program.

For more monthly ideas on engaging the media, be sure to read your monthly Afterschool Advocates.

Field Resources, Tools, and Research

Keeping Kids Safe and Supported in the Hours After School

The Afterschool Alliance has released a new MetLife Foundation issue brief, â€œKeeping Kids Safe and Supported in the Hours After School.” Last month, we highlighted the growing issue of heroin and prescription drug abuse in New York and the prevention potential of afterschool programs. This issue brief includes data on risky behaviors that youth sometimes take part in during afterschool hours and shares research that shows that afterschool programs are key to keeping kids safe during these hours. Read this Afterschool Snack post to learn more.

A Guide to Federal Education Programs That Can Fund K-12 Universal Prevention and Social and Emotional Learning Activities 

Schools wishing to focus on social and emotional development and community partners that work with those schools may benefit from a new guide by the Center on Education Policy and the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools. The guide highlights 15 federal elementary and secondary education programs that permit the use of funds for prevention and social emotional learning. Examples of schools, districts, and state education agencies that have successfully used federal education dollars to support these initiatives are also included. Additionally, the guide makes it easy to advocate for these programs by providing an annotated bibliography of research that shows impacts of school-based behavioral and emotional health interventions on academic performance.


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QSA Tip of the Month

Youth Participation and Engagement

"A quality program provides opportunities for youth to participate in planning, to exercise choice, and to engage in a rich variety of offerings."

Indicator 2

“Has participants who take ownership of program selection and development."

Tip for Success

Fully commit to involving participants in program development. Gather feedback about which activities they would like, topics where they need assistance, and other program suggestions and concerns. Consider putting together a committee for program development and including student representatives on that committee. Gathering feedback in and of itself isn't enough, however. These ideas need to be incorporated into program planning. Take it a step further and allow all participants the chance to lead or assist with implementing activities. 

Research shows that only high-quality afterschool programs create positive outcomes for participants. Access NYSAN’s Quality Self-Assessment (QSA) tool to begin improving the quality of your program.

NYSAN Resource of the Month


Data Systems for Expanded Learning Opportunities

NYSAN created this document to highlight key considerations for the development of a statewide expanded learning opportunities data system. The brief includes information on some existing data systems, typical features of these systems, and reasons to support a statewide system.


How Schools Work and How to Work with Schools

A new guide by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), How Schools Work and How to Work with Schools, is a key resource for any stakeholders looking to understand public education or to partner with schools. The guide includes:

  • Explanation of public education governance at the federal, state, local, and school levels and how national organizations influence education policymaking.

  • Ways to meaningfully and positively engage with the education sector, including examples of successful school-community partnerships and best practices.

  • Guiding principles for working with schools and practical steps for more successful collaboration with them.

  • Answers to the most frequently asked questions about public education. For example: What is Title I and how does it support low-income students? And, how are public schools funded?

  • Reliable data sources and resources for additional information on crossover issues in education, from school crime and safety, to school nutrition and health policies and practices.

  • A glossary of common education terms, acronyms, and important federal education programs.


Partnerships, Not Pushouts

Partnerships, Not Pushouts is a new resource to share with your school board members that talks about the importance of community partnerships for schools to address the needs of the whole child. This policy guide will help school board members assess current partnerships and determine needs around new efforts that would support students more comprehensively. School board members can also learn from profiled schools highlighted in the guidebook.

New York Focus Groups on Bullying Intervention and Prevention

The Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention at the University at Buffalo, SUNY and the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council are conducting research about bullying incidents, coping strategies, resources and supports, and intervention an prevention strategies currently being used in schools and the community to address bullying involving individuals with developmental disabilities across New York State. The goal is to use the information to develop a strategic plan for bullying prevention and individuals with disabilities.

As part of this study, the research team will be conducting focus groups and interviews across the state. 

Focus groups will be conducted in six areas of New York State during June and July, The dates, times, locations, and information to RSVP are included in this document.

Spotlight on Expanded Learning Opportunities in New York and Beyond

New York Summer Camp Improves Graduation Rates

Project Morry, a nonprofit youth development organization, includes a residential summer camp called Morry's Camp in Elmsford, NY. The camp has an educational focus and, like all of the organization's programs that operate year-round, is dedicated to giving inner-city children enriching learning opportunities. Each child receives a 9 year commitment, including school gatherings and the intensive summer camp program, free of charge. 

At camp, campers explore the outdoors through fishing, hiking, nature study, and swimming. Reading is key in all programs from studying recipes in Culinary Kids to writing lyrics in the Music Ascension Program. The summer camp experience also includes tutoring. 

In schools and communities where fewer than 50% of incoming ninth graders graduate from high school, 100% of the young people who have completed the Project Morry program have completed high school on time and have graduated to pursue higher education, military service, or join the workforce as responsible citizens.

Do you have a story about a New York program you would like shared? Email Alli Lidie and your story could appear in a future NYSAN Digest.

DIRT: Development Initiatives for Rural Townships

While there are challenges to creating sustainable programs in rural areas, there are also many benefits. The Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance's presentation, Growing Out-of-School Time Programs with DIRT: Development Initiatives for Rural Townships, has been shared with providers nationally. View the PowerPoint to gain some great ideas for sustaining programs through partnerships with community resources, cultivating relationships, individual donors, and more. Data shows that 72 percent of giving in 2012 was from individual donors, not from foundations or corporations. Use the steps outlined to address specific needs of individual donors in rural areas and begin building your donor base using some creative fundraising ideas.

Funding Opportunities

Healthy Kids Breakfast Grants- Apply now or New York will miss out!

Funds are still available for 12 or more New York State schools to apply for and receive Action for Healthy Kids School Grants for breakfast grants for the 2014-2015 school year. The new submission deadline is June 30, 2014. Learn more here. You can also access a tip sheet for applications here.

School Climate and School Justice

Though community-based organizations are not allowed to be the lead applicant on the following grants, it may be possible to partner with your local education agencies that are applying.

School Climate Transformation Grants
Eligible applicants are local education agencies (LEAs) or consortia of LEAs. Awards will develop, enhance, or expand systems of support for, and technical assistance to, schools implementing an evidence-based multi-tiered behavioral framework for improving behavioral outcomes and learning conditions for all students. Applications are due June 23, 2014. Learn more here

School Justice Collaboration Program: Keeping Kids in School and Out of Court 
Local juvenile and family courts may apply for this funding if their local jurisdictions have also applied for the School Climate Transformation Grant listed above. Grants will enhance collaboration and coordination with schools and mental and behavioral health specialists to help students succeed in school and to prevent negative outcomes for youth and communities. There is also a separate category for one technical assistance contract. Applications are due July 21, 2014. Learn more here.


Comprehensive School Safety Initiative: Developing Knowledge about What Works to Make Schools Safe

The National Institute of Justice is seeking applications for projects implementing school safety interventions in local schools and researching the effectiveness of these projects. Eligible applicants include local education agencies (LEAs) and state education agencies (SEAs) that partner with researchers or research organizations. Projects should focus on mental health services, public safety and preparedness, and school climate and culture. Applications are due July 10th. For more information and to apply, visit:


Corporation for National and Community Service: 2015 RSVP Competition

RSVP is one of the largest senior volunteer programs in the nation and support volunteers ages 55 and above to serve communities in many capacities. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) grant competition is available in 340 specific communities across the country, several of which are in New York. Funds will go to support volunteers in activities that serve community needs in the following focus areas: disaster; education; economic opportunity; environment; healthy futures; and veterans and military families. Afterschool programs operating as part of a multi-service agency may be interested in applying directly, others may wish to identify a lead applicant in the community with whom they may partner for volunteers. Letters of Intent are due August 8thRead more.

Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award

The Afterschool Alliance and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation have just announced the inaugural Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award! Eligible afterschool programs that have excelled in providing literacy support to middle school youth have the chance to win $10,000 and be recognized at the 2015 Afterschool for All Challenge in Washington, D.C.. Nominations are now open and will close Aug. 15, 2014. Learn more now.

Upcoming Events

6/19 & 6/20: National Summer Learning Day Webinar and Event

June 20th is Summer Learning Day, a national advocacy day recognized to spread awareness about the importance of summer learning for our nation’s youth in helping close the achievement gap and supporting healthy development in communities all across the country. Join the National Summer Learning Association in spreading the word about the importance of summer learning programs. Check out their list of event ideas, put your event on the map, promote programs through social media and traditional media outlets, engage your local leadership, and more here.

Invite your local education reporters to attend a brief webinar on June 19th from 10:00 am – 10:15 am to learn more about the research and story opportunities associated with Summer Learning Day! Send them this media advisory

6/27: AfterSchool Works! New York Training Institute Request for Proposals for Workshops Due

Save the date for the annual Fall Training Institute which will take place on November 1st at the Rochester Airport Holiday Inn at 911 Brooks Avenue, Rochester, NY. A Request for Workshop Proposals is now available. Applications are due by June 27th.

6/27-28: Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning Conference in NYC

Join the Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning for their annual conference, taking place in Brooklyn on June 27-28, 2014.  Over 50 hands-on workshops will bring global competence to your programs. To learn more and register, click here.

7/21-7/23: Positive Youth Development Institute

Taking place in Southern Maine at the University of New England, the Positive Youth Development Institute will have workshops geared towards educators, afterschool professionals, juvenile justice workers, and anyone else serving youth. The conference takes place from July 21st through July 22nd with an optional Summer Training Academy on July 23rd. Find out more and register here.


7/29: 2014 PASE@PACE Conference

The 2014 PASE Conference at PACE University, co-sponsored by the PACE University School of Education, will be held on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. This city-wide conference, Afterschool: Leadership, Program, and Impact, will explore three aspects of the important work being done at afterschool programs. The conference is open to all staff levels, provides dozens of engaging and informative workshops, networking and relationship building opportunities with like-minded professionals, and various panel discussions involving leading practitioners and experts from the afterschool field sharing their best practices and research. Register now.

10/28-29: ANYSYB 2014 Annual Youth Development Conference

The Association of New York State Youth Bureaus will be holding the 44th Annual Youth Development Conference October 28-29, 2014 at the Holiday Inn in Syracuse, New York. The Conference Committee is currently seeking workshop presenters. Prospective presenters need to submit the Proposed Presentation/Workshop Form by June 30, 2014.

11/1: AfterSchool Works! New York Training Institute

Save the date for the annual Fall Training Institute which will take place on November 1st at the Rochester Airport Holiday Inn at 911 Brooks Avenue, Rochester, NY. More information will be sent over the NYSAN listserv when it is available.


Afterschool Pathfinder

For more events, check out Afterschool Pathfinder, which has an extensive list of upcoming trainings, seminars, and webinars.

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, contact Alli Lidie, Policy & Communications Coordinator, at

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