Illinois Quality Afterschool Quarterly - Spring 2017

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Spring 2017

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Afterschool Focus: Behavioral Health>
Program Profile: Brighton Park Neighborhood Council Supports Behavioral Health>
News from the Field 1: Metropolitan Family Services Promotes SEL>
News from the Field 2: Driven and Empowered Youth Fosters Family Engagement >
Recommended Resources >
Information for Grantees >
Join Us Online >

Afterschool Focus: Behavioral Health

This spring, the Illinois Quality Afterschool team collaborated with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to provide an overview of social and emotional learning concepts and implementation strategies for Illinois 21st Century Community Learning Center practitioners. As our last installment of SEL-focused activities for the school year, this issue of Illinois Quality Afterschool Quarterly will focus on behavioral health.   
Read more about behavioral health. >

Program Profile: Brighton Park Neighborhood Council Supports Behavioral Health

Brighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC) operates a 21st CCLC program at five schools on Chicago’s southwest side, serving students in elementary, middle, and high school. Social and emotional learning and behavioral health are a core component of the 21st CCLC’s programming, a reflection of the organization’s focus on social justice, health care, community safety, violence prevention, and education justice. The program offers a range of programming to provide support for all students.
Learn more about Brighton Park Neighborhood Council 21st CCLC. >

News from the Field 1: Metropolitan Family Services Promotes SEL

At Metropolitan Family Services, social and emotional learning has been part of our work since we began offering 21st CCLC programming in 1996. We use a three-tiered approach to programming that includes trauma-informed care and behavioral health.
Learn more about Metropolitan Family Services 21st CCLC. >

News from the Field 2: Driven and Empowered Youth Fosters Family Engagement

This spring the Driven and Empowered Youth 21st CCLC hosted a family engagement workshop called 50 Ways to Show Your Children Affection. We chose to offer this workshop because students have expressed to us that at times they don’t feel loved by their parents, while parents and other family members have expressed a struggle in expressing their love to their children.
Learn more about Driven and Empowered Youth. >

Recommended Resources

What parents need to know about teen depression – and the new danger of social media live streaming

Facebook Live and other live-streaming social media give teens the opportunity to broadcast their suicide attempts. How can parents help teens with depression and how can they address this latest threat? Learn how to identify depression in teens and intervene with effective communication techniques, while also addressing special areas of concern: self-injury, bullying, suicide, and live-streaming social media. Hosted by Families for Depression Awareness, this webinar features experts in teen depression from McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA. The webinar takes place on May 3, at 1:00 p.m. CT. Can’t make the live webinar? Register to get the link to watch on demand at your convenience.
Register for the webinar. >

Community Eligibility Provision

The application period is open for Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). CEP provides schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program and participate in or are initiating a School Breakfast Program for the 2017–18 school year with an alternative method for counting and claiming student meals in high-poverty local education agencies (LEAs). LEAs electing to participate in CEP agree to serve all students lunches AND breakfasts at no charge for 4 successive school years. Those that wish to participate in CEP for the 2017–18 school year must have the CEP agreement, CEP participation listing, and supporting documentation to ISBE’s Nutrition and Wellness Programs Division no later than June 30, 2017. If you have any questions regarding CEP, please contact Roxanne Ramage ( at (800) 545-7892. 
Learn more on the Community Eligibility Provision section of the ISBE website. >

Illinois Afterschool Network Spring Conference

The Illinois Afterschool Network’s 31st Annual Spring AfterSchool Conference will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Sheraton Hotel in Lisle, IL. Conference program and registration information can be found on the IAN website.
Visit the Illinois Afterschool Network conference website. >

Information for Grantees

Important Dates and Events

  • May 9 — Preconference Networking Session, Normal, IL
  • May 10 — 2017 Illinois 21st CCLC Spring Conference, Normal, IL
  • May 31 — Summer 2017 Resource Bulletin Release

Enlace Chicago Wins Neighborhood Community School Initiative Award

Enlace Chicago, which operates two 21st CCLC grants by the same name, has received a special Neighborhood Community School Initiative Award for the Coalition for Community Schools’ 2017 Awards for Excellence. Enlace was recognized for its work with schools in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, exemplifying the Coalition’s vision of community hubs where families, educators, and community partners unite to live out the mission of public education. Congratulations to the Enlace team for their dedication and hard work!

Grants and Other Opportunities

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation. The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) offers multiple programs that strategically donate orchards where the harvest will best serve communities for generations, at places such as community gardens, public schools, city/state parks, and low-income neighborhoods. Orchard donations are available for recipients who pledge to care for the trees and utilize them for a charitable purpose. To communities selected for an orchard donation, FTPF will provide high-quality fruit trees and shrubs, organic soil amendments, equipment, planting volunteers, and on-site orchard design work, horticultural workshops, and aftercare training—with the goal of improving the surrounding environment and providing a source of healthy nutrition for the community. The organization also helps coordinate all aspects of the planting, and offers an educational experience for volunteers interested in learning more about tree planting. Free community arboricultural workshops are also available the day of the planting. Learn more on the FTPF website.

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