ASW:NYSAN Digest September 2015
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September 2015



Job Announcement- Policy and Communications Student Intern 

We’re looking for a Policy and Communications Student Intern for our New York City office. The position is for 10 hours/week during fall 2015 and spring 2016 and includes an unlimited metrocard each month. The intern will provide assistance and support for the policy campaign, communications, events planning, and everyday operations of ASW:NYSAN. If you know of anyone who would be interested, please forward the job posting along. 

10/5: Webinar- Engaging the Media for your Lights On Afterschool Event

ASW:NYSAN will be holding a special Lights On Afterschool webinar on October 5 from 1pm-2pm for anyone interested in learning how to engage the media and ensure that your event receives the attention it needs to highlight the benefits of afterschool programs. ASW:NYSAN will also be joined by our partners at the Afterschool Alliance. Register here to attend.

Policy Updates


ASW:NYSAN joined by Congressman Gibson at STEM Summit

ASW:NYSAN recently attended the Afterschool STEM Summit in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Noyce Foundation, and Time Warner Cable. We were fortunate to be joined by Congressman Chris Gibson (NY19), who stopped by to show his support for STEM engagement in out-of-school-time programs. Congressman Gibson was thrilled by his recent visit to a 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) program in Hudson, NY, where he witnessed first-hand the "engagement of these young Americans" in STEM programming. On the day the Congressman visited, children were designing and building boats to test their viability in the Hudson River. Congressman Gibson made the connection between this hands-on experiential learning and the confidence it instilled in the youth. STEM programming in afterschool helps to develop social-emotional skills as well as real life career readiness skills that excite our youth about STEM professions. 

Thank you again to Congressman Gibson for attending the STEM Summit and showing his support for STEM in afterschool!

21st CCLC Sign on Letter

You may remember a sign on letter to Congress sent out in last month’s digest to support the 21st CCLC program during the upcoming ESEA reauthorization process. We were very excited to see that New York had the second most organizations sign on to the letter, and believe that it will go a long way towards protecting dedicated funding for 21st CCLC programs. You can view the entire letter, with the list of organizations who signed on here

Field Resources, Tools, and Research


Full STEM Ahead: Afterschool Programs Step Up as Key Partners in STEM Education

The Afterschool Alliance has released the STEM findings from the America After 3pm survey in a new report titled “Full STEM Ahead: Afterschool Programs Step Up as Key Partners in STEM Education”.  In New York, 70% of parents reported that their child’s afterschool program offered STEM learning opportunities, compared to 69% nationally.  The survey also found that most New York parents believe afterschool programs should offer STEM  (69%) and that afterschool programs can help students gain STEM skills (70%).  You can view the full report along with New York specific data here.  

The 4Cs Research Series

P21- The Partnership for 21st Century Learning has recently released their 4Cs Research Series in collaboration with research partners at the University of Connecticut. The Series includes data that can enhance the relationship between providers and students in afterschool and summer programs. Among other things, they offer information on gaps in current research, successful interventions to bring the 4Cs to life in the classroom, and best practice perspectives from experts in the field. The 4 briefs are available for download here.

2 New Resources on Social Emotional Learning

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) has released two resources to highlight what has been done so far to define social and emotional learning in afterschool and school based settings. The “Supporting Social and Emotional Development Through Quality Afterschool Programs” brief shares recent research on how afterschool programs contribute to the improvement of these capabilities, and suggests next step recommendations to both practitioners and researchers. Click here to find out more.
AIR also provides a self-reflection tool for afterschool staff to use to reflect upon their own social and emotional competencies and their ability to support SEL of youth through program practices. You can find more in the brief here.

Growth Mindset

Carol Dweck’s “Growth Mindset” model has taken a new turn. In her recent commentary, “Carol Dweck Revisits the 'Growth Mindset” to look at how the growth mindset applied to learning must also acknowledge the legitimacy of the “fixed mindset” in order to avoid creating false growth-mindsets. If afterschool providers can offer an authentic growth-mindset based atmosphere for students, they would allow their intelligence to develop outside of the classroom rather than fostering stagnancy in their achievement levels. Click here for more information.

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QSA Tip of the Month

Program Sustainability and Growth

"A quality program has a coherent vision/mission and a plan for increasing capacity that supports continuing growth."

Indicator 7

"Has an effective marketing strategy that publicizes the program and its achievement within the school and broader community."

Tips for Success

The way your program is publicized impacts recruitment of participants, perception of your program's value, and the more broad view of the importance of afterschool programs. Chances are, especially if you are using the QSA tool, that your afterschool program provides opportunities far beyond what is traditionally thought of as babysitting; however, your program must share information about the program's offerings and outcomes so that the value of the program, beyond keeping students safe, is known. The program or site director shouldn't be the only one advertising the program. Try creating a strategic publicity plan that includes program staff, participants, and parents and other program stakeholders. The beginning of the year is the perfect time to make sure all of your publicity partners are on the same page and know what your program has to offer.

Program publicity has effects beyond your immediate community. Media coverage can have an impact on larger conversations around the importance of afterschool programs at both the local and state levels. Lights on Afterschool on October 22nd is a perfect time to publicize your program and invite partners and media to be part of this larger conversation. Join ASW:NYSAN for a webinar on Lights on Afterschool and getting media attention on October 5th

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.

ASW:NYSAN Resource of the Month


Afterschool & STEM: What’s the Connection? - Webinar Recording

On September 21st, ASW:NYSAN presented a free webinar titled “Afterschool & STEM: What’s the Connection?”. If you missed the live version, we have made the recording available for you to view at your convenience. The webinar takes a look at why STEM is all the rage in education circles, and why afterschool is the “sweet spot” for inquiry and project-based learning. Explore the needs and possibilities for your program and how science, technology, engineering, and math could become a part of it! STEM Coordinator Timothy Fowler shares research, examples from the field, and resources to help you become involved in STEM learning.

View the recording here.

STEM Corner


Take our Survey!

AfterSchool Works NY! the New York State Afterschool Network (ASW:NYSAN) is gathering data about the availability of STEM programming in afterschool, summer, and other youth development programs across New York State.

If you are the site or program director of an organization that serves youth, please take the following survey. ASW:NYSAN wants to know more about the types of activities that are happening in programs across New York. This short survey--it will take 5 minutes to complete--is designed to give us the information needed for broader advocacy and resource development in the field of afterschool and youth development.

After you take the survey, please forward this on to any site directors at afterschool programs that you know. The results of this survey will be shared with the field at the November 14th ASW:NYSAN Fall Training Institute in Rochester, New York.

To take the survey, click here

2015 ASW:NYSAN Fall Training Institute

The workshops schedule is now available for the Fall Training Insitute, held November 14th in Rochester, NY. This is shaping up to be one of the best conferences we've put on, so be sure to join us! 

Featured workshop: 

Project Based Learning (PBL) with STEM
The purpose of designing a Project-Based Learning (PBL) curriculum is to have young people understand the connection between their academic learning and the greater world. Having young people explore the world with a hands on approach inspires their curiosity and their desire to stay engaged and focused. Staff will create an interactive curriculum aimed for age groups ranging from K–8. It contains tools and techniques to support staff in bringing out children’s creative expression, encouraging resourcefulness and applying critical thinking skills, problem-solving process, divergent thinking, brainstorming, and creativity. The processes used employ the STEM concept: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Sonia Toledo- Founder & CEO - Dignity of Children, Inc.

View more information on the conference webpage

Spotlight on Expanded Learning Opportunities in New York and Beyond

Campaign for Children report highlights need for expanded elementary afterschool in NYC

While New York City has done amazing work expanding the opportunities for middle school students to participate in afterschool programs, there is still demand for elementary and high school students to participate in an afterschool program. At this time, 88% of providers serving elementary students report a waitlist for their afterschool programs, with an average waitlist of 38% of the program’s capacity.

New York City's expansion of middle school afterschool has been tremendous for both students and parents. However, to continue to support students and parents across the city, the Campaign for Children suggests that the city expand afterschool and summer programming for elementary and high school students. Be sure to read the entire report here.

The Victor Cruz Foundation supports STEM education 

Victor Cruz, Wide Receiver for the New York Giants, has been involved with STEM education in afterschool, particularly through the Boys and Girls Club of America in the tri-state area. Cruz has helped raise money for Boys and Girls Club afterschool programs that focus on STEM, and supports programs directly through his work with the Victor Cruz Foundation, particularly his hometown Boys and Girls Club in Paterson, NJ. Cruz recently joined other STEM leaders at the Afterschool STEM Summit in Washington, D.C. to discuss his work with the foundation and STEM education.  You can view Cruz’s presentation to the attendees at the STEM Summit here.

If you would like to see what went on at the Afterschool STEM Summit, check out the hashtag #STEMafterschool on Twitter!

National Summer Learning Association – Summer Changes Everything Conference

ASW:NYSAN’s own Alli Lidie will be co-presenting a workshop on Tuesday, October 13 at 10:15am to highlight how collaborations can effectively spark an innovative summer program. The Garden of Fire summer program came together through the unique partnership of several programs in a rural community of New York to offer a joint summer program to area youth. Alli will be joined by Gigi Alvare of The Rockwell Museum and Emily Hofelich-Bowler of Friends of the Addison Youth Center, Inc.

The Wallace Foundation will be sponsoring a session based on Foundations for Young Adult Success that will feature two of the researchers that were a part of the team behind it, Ryan Heath and David Johnson of the UChicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR). This session will take place on Wednesday, October 14 at 10am.

The full conference schedule can be found on the conference website

Upcoming Events

10/9: RFP deadline for Rising Together: Learning across School, Family and Community Conference

The Community Schools National Forum, presented by the Coalition for Community School, will be held April 6-8, 2016 in Albuquerque, NM. If you would like to present a workshop at the conference, please complete the application here.

10/12: Capital District Child Care Council Annual Conference

Registration is now open for the CDCCCC’s Annual Conference. If you would like to learn more about this event, visit the conference webpage here.  Be sure to take a look at the conference brochure as well!

10/17: New York State Educators SciGirls Training

Local educators are invited to participate in a free SciGirls training, held on October 17th in Albany, NY. This training will provide proven strategies for successfully engaging girls in STEM, and will include hands on activities that attendees will be able to take back to their programs or classrooms. More information can be found here.   

10/20-21: Niagara Falls, NY - Annual Youth Development Training Conference

Registration is now open for the 2015 Youth Development Training Conference, held October 20-21 in Niagara Falls, NY. The conference brochure, hotel registration, transportation information, and conference registration can be found here.

10/22 – All Star Climb for Kids

Would you like to climb all 68 floors and 1632 steps of 4 World Trade Center to raise money to support After-School All-Stars programs across New York and New Jersey?  Sign up to take part in the All Star Climb that will take place during the Lights On Afterschool celebration on October 22nd. More information is available here.

10/22- Lights On Afterschool Celebration

The national LOA celebration will be held on October 22nd.  If you are planning to host an event, make sure to request an event planning kit from the Afterschool Alliance.

For the ninth year in a row, the Empire State Building will be lit in support of Lights on Afterschool. If you’re in the New York City area, make sure to snap a picture of the Empire State Building and share on social media!

11/3: Webinar- Building a Program-Based Budget, and Other Secrets to Successful Financial Management

On November 3rd, two members of Fiscal Management Associates will present a free webinar on a newly developed financial planning tool to help nonprofits improve their budget process. The presenters will also highlight, a financial website for nonprofits developed in partnership with the Wallace Foundation, and the tools available for use there. The webinar will take place from 2pm – 3pm and you can register here.

11/12: STEM Summit: Professional Development for Educators 

miSci in Schenectady, NY will be holding a professional development training for educators at their STEM summit. The training will include workshop presentations from the Exploratorium in San Francisco, Dudley Observatory, and more! Attendees will receive three hours of professional development and a certificate of competition for attending this training. You can register for the STEM Summit 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. Earlybird registration is available through September 30th, so register now and save! More information can be found here.

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