America SCORES Chicago 21st CCLC Fosters Learning through Activity
America SCORES Chicago 21st CCLC program embodies its name by incorporating soccer and other types of physical activity into all aspects of programming. The program aims to create poet-athletes who are inspired to lead healthy lives and develop the skills they need to succeed in school and life.
News from the Field
Fox Valley Park District and West Aurora School District 129 Rethink Family Engagement
When in-person programming abruptly stopped in spring 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fox Valley Park District and West Aurora School District 129, two 21st CCLC programs in Aurora, Illinois, adapted their family engagement strategies to respond to emerging needs in the community.
Connected by STEAM
You for Youth has updated their STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) course to include the arts. This online professional development resource includes an overview of STEAM, information on how STEAM benefits students now and in future careers, and strategies implementing STEAM programming in your 21st CCLC program.
Summer Learning from Screen to Screen
A new report, Summer Learning From Screen to Screen: Lessons Learned from After School Matters Summer 2020 Programs, by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and After School Matters, shares research findings about the lived-experience of Chicago teens and program instructors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report found that during the pandemic, food insecurity is widespread across Chicago; teens and their families are experiencing considerable economic hardship; and teens felt stress as a result of the challenges of COVID-19, financial hardship, and food insecurity.
Important Dates and Events
Grants and Other Opportunities
The Voya Foundation offers grants in two areas: innovative and experiential K–8 STEM learning opportunities and the provision of financial education curriculum for students in grades 9–12. Organizations with programming that aligns with these priorities are encouraged to contact the foundation to be considered for an application. Learn more on the Voya Foundation website.
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