ASW:NYSAN Digest August 2015
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August 2015



Joining the Team

 We are excited to announce the addition of Arti Bhoge to the ASW:NYSAN team! Arti will be serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow for the year, providing administrative and communications support to the nine current Regional Afterschool Networks across New York State. Arti recently graduated from Siena College and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a minor in Writing and Communications.


2 Upcoming Webinars from ASW:NYSAN

Strengthening Grant Applications & Increasing Sustainability 

ASW:NYSAN will be holding a program sustainability webinar focused on helping afterschool, expanded learning, and summer providers become better equipped to identify funding opportunities for their programs. This webinar will feature presentations from representatives of The Robert Bowne Foundation, the NY Funders Alliance, and Candace LaRue and Associates. Presenters will share tips and experiences on identifying funding opportunities for programs, using tools and data to support proposals, and provide insight into how foundations operate. Key resources from will also be shared with participants. Register here.

If you are an ASW:NYSAN member, please find the discount code in the August Members’ Monthly.

Afterschool & STEM: What’s the Connection?
ASW:NYSAN is proud to present “Afterschool & STEM: What’s the Connection?” This free webinar will 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 will share research, examples from the field, and resources to help you become involved in STEM learning. The webinar will take place on Monday, September 21st, from 1pm - 2pm and will be recorded. Register here

Policy Updates


Child Nutrition Reauthorization

The Child Nutrition Programs are up for reauthorization at the end of September, and three bills have been introduced to address issues surrounding summer hunger. The Afterschool Alliance has provided information on all three bills, which you can find here.

The Summer Meals Act of 2015, introduced by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK); and Representatives Don Young (R-AK) and Rick Larsen (D-WA) is the strongest of these bills and is supported by ASW:NYSAN. We encourage you to read over the information in the link above and contact your Members of Congress in support of the bill.

ESEA Sign On Letter

If you are interested in signing onto the Afterschool Alliance’s letter supporting 21st CCLC language in the ESEA reauthorization, please contact the Afterschool Alliance. A copy of the letter can be found here.

Field Resources, Tools, and Research


Youth Workforce: Key Soft Skills for Success

A new report from ChildTrends finds that soft skills, those broad but applicable skills that help people effectively navigate through their surrounding environment and achieve success, are valuable to a modern workforce. Afterschool and summer programs are often places where youth participate in activities that develop these soft skills and  improve the outcomes that youth ages 15-29 experience in the workforce. An executive summary is available, and the full report can be found here.

Accelerating Achievement Through Summer Learning

Drawing from research on high-quality summer learning programs from the RAND Corporation, the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) features 13 case studies of program models and examines key research on what successful summer learning programs look like. The report focuses on education issues such as third-grade reading proficiency, transitions for middle school students, and teacher training and retention. The full report can be found here.



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QSA Tip of the Month


"A quality program develops, nurtures, and maintains positive relationships and interactions among staff, participants, families, and communities."

Indicator 2

"Interacts with families in a comfortable, respectful, welcoming way."

Tips for Success

When your afterschool program is just getting started for the year, it is the perfect time to evaluate your interactions with family members. When we talk about family engagement, we often focus on involvement in decision making and opportunities to provide input (see more under Parent, Family, and Community Partnerships), but sometimes it is important to go back to the basics of communication. Do your program staff welcome each family member when they come in to the program? Do they make eye contact, speak in the family member's language, and provide a personal comment, such as what their child(ren) participated in that day, or an invitation to an upcoming event? These relationships can be furthered by a welcoming environment where family members are invited to come in and see their child(ren) participating in activities - and even participate with them.

Sometimes program time, especially around pick up, can be hectic and interactions with family members can fall down the priority list. Programs may find more success by designating one staff member as a greeter so that there is never confusion around who is going to greet a parent when they come in. Take the beginning of the year to institute a welcoming environment for family members by practicing these interactions with your staff.  

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


Getting Started with Healthy Afterschool Snacks and Meals: CACFP

Did you miss ASW:NYSAN’s webinar on the Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP)? Don’t worry, we have you covered! View the recorded version of the webinar to learn about CACFP eligibility and how you can get your program enrolled to receive reimbursements for healthy snacks and suppers. The webinar also covers child nutrition and healthy living, and highlights creative ways to incorporate nutrition into afterschool programming. Check out the recording here.

STEM Corner


Start a Math Club at No Cost 

Integrate fun math experiences into your program at no cost!

Crazy 8's is designed to appeal to any kid – not just those who already love math – with activities like Glow-in-the-Dark Geometry and Toilet Paper Olympics. The program is being offered by Bedtime Math Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids love numbers so they can handle the math in everyday life.

Bedtime Math provides afterschool programs with a free kit containing full directions and most of the materials needed to run the 8 week club. Each kit is designed for 10-20 kids in grades K-2 or 3-5. Programs will have to provide some simple supplies, as well as an enthusiastic coach and a commitment to run the club as intended.

More than 4,000 Crazy 8's clubs have been established across the country.  Visit to learn more. A brief online application is necessary to request the free Crazy 8's kit.

Spotlight on Expanded Learning Opportunities in New York and Beyond

Hicksville Boys and Girls Club – Lights on Afterschool Poster Winner 

The Lights On Afterschool poster submission from Hicksville Boys and Girls Club was chosen over thousands of others to be the official poster for the LOA celebration on October 22nd. The inspiration for the winning poster comes from the different activities that Hicksville students have the opportunity to participate in through the programs offered by the Hicksville Boys and Girls Club. Please join us in congratulating these accomplished artists and make sure you receive your poster by registering your event here.

Read more about the artists who created this winning poster in the Afterschool Storybook.


Food Justice Youth Leadership Program at Queens Community House- Pomonok

The Food Justice Program at Queens Community House- Pomonok is an afterschool program for students’ ages 12-18 designed to educate youth on the importance of healthy eating while empowering them to address issues surrounding access to healthy foods in their community. The Leadership Program also serves as a Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) site in the summer months for youth ages 14-15 to receive compensation for their work. More information on this program can be found in the Getting Started with Healthy Afterschool Snacks and Meals webinar.

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.

National Afterschool Association Update

ASW:NYSAN is the state affiliate of the NAA

NAA’s Next Generation of Emerging Leaders

Congratulations to three afterschool leaders from New York who have been named National Afterschool Association Emerging Leaders!

  • Katie Bowers, Association Resource Educator, Community Youth Development Coordinator at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County.
  • Dario Gray, Site Coordinator at Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY.
  • Daniel Levitt, Program Manager at TASC (The After-School Corporation).

Look for the special report on these Emerging Leaders in the fall edition of AfterSchool Today from the NAA.

Win an Amazon gift card from the NAA

The NAA is looking for feedback on how to improve upon their eNews. If you complete the 8 question survey, you will be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Take the survey here.

Upcoming Events


9/2: Social-Emotional Learning: Systemic Innovation for Improved Outcomes –Webinar

Research has found that teaching social-emotional learning can increase student’s academic achievement by an average of 11 percent. This webinar, presented by Education Week, will look at how the Austin Independent School District has implemented SEL into the school day and the strategies, outcomes, and lessons learned implementing SEL into schools. The webinar begins at 2pm and registration can be found here.

9/11: Social and Emotional Competence: Critical Skills for Success in School and Life

On Friday, September 11 from 9:00am-11:00am, join Paul LeBuffe for a presentation on increasing the social and emotional competencies of students during in-school and out-of-school time settings. The event will be held at the Central Library in Rochester, NY. You can learn more information about the program and register here.

9/15: Inclusion in 21st CCLC Environments: Laws as Building Blocks to Inclusion – Webinar

Do you need help understanding the legal requirements around developing inclusive programming in your afterschool programs? This webinar will provide attendees with examples of how programs can effectively transition students from the school day to afterschool. The webinar will begin at 2pm and registration can be found here.  

9/30: Enter the NSLA Spirit Stick Competition

Participate in NSLA’s annual Spirit Stick Competition by uploading a video or photos to Facebook and Twitter with a cheer, chant, program footage, or spokesperson that best demonstrates your summer spirit. The top entries will be shown during the closing luncheon at the Summer Changes Everythingâ„¢ national conference on summer learning, where conference participants will vote live using the new conference app for our next spirit stick winner. 
How to participate:
1.            Like NSLA on Facebook and follow @summerlearning on Twitter;
2.            Register for Summer Changes Everythingâ„¢;
3.            All video submissions must be 30 seconds or less;
4.            Submissions must be posted to NSLA’s Facebook page or tag @summerlearning on Twitter;
5.            All submissions must include #wehavesummerspirit;
6.            The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2015;

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.

10/12-10/14: National Conference on Summer Learning

The National Summer Learning Association’s 2015 Summer Changes Everything conference will be held in Baltimore, Maryland from October 12-14! As the only national conference dedicated to summer learning, organizations and administrators have the opportunity to learn how to strengthen their staff and get the most from their programs. Registration is now open and can be found on the conference website.  

10/13-10-15: 4-H: Many Generations for One Thriving Future

The 2015 Annual NYSACCE4-HE Conference will be held from October 13-15 in Ithaca, NY. The conference schedule and list of workshops can be found here, with a link to registration found at the bottom of that brochure.

10/16-10/17: Asia Society - Penn GSE Global Education Forum

The Global Education Forum will be held on October 16 and 17 in Philadelphia, PA. Through a series of keynote speakers, hands-on workshops, and networking opportunities, participants will explore how to engage and prepare students for a global world. More information can be found on the conference website

10/20 – 10/21: Association of New York State Youth Bureaus Youth Development Conference

Save the date for the 2015 ANYSYB Youth Development Conference will be held in Niagara Falls, NY. Registration 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 it on social media!

11/14: AfterSchool Works! NY: the New York State Afterschool Network Fall Training Institute

The Fall Training Institute will be held on November 14, 2015 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Rochester, NY. Registration is now open.

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.

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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