In This Issue
Afterschool Focus: College and Career Readiness >
Program Profile: PODER Shows Students the Power of Planning for the Future >
News from the Field: Cahokia Students Learn Through Service >
Recommended Resources >
Information for Grantees >
Join Us Online >
Afterschool Focus: College and Career Readiness
Through strong partnerships with K–16 organizations, community-based organizations, and local businesses, afterschool programs are well positioned to help students become college and career ready.
Read more about promoting college and career readiness. >
Program Profile: PODER Shows Students the Power of Planning for the Future
Although the students in the Chicago-based Positive Outcomes Delivered through Education and Respect (PODER) afterschool program have not yet started high school, they are already thinking about their futures. College and career readiness is an important part of the 21st CCLC's programming.
Learn more about PODER. >
News from the Field: Cahokia Students Learn Through Service
Service learning has always been an important part of the Cahokia Unit School District 187 21st CCLC program. Recently, students learned to knit caps for children who had lost their hair as a result of chemotherapy.
Learn more about Cahokia Unit School District 187. >
Predictors of Postsecondary Success
Published by the College & Career Readiness & Success (CCRS) Center at the American Institutes of Research, this brief summarizes early childhood through early postsecondary education research that identifies student skills, behaviors, and other characteristics that predict future academic and workplace success. CCRS also hosted Predictors of Postsecondary Success: Understanding the Value of Workforce Data, a webinar that builds on the brief.
Read the brief. >
Watch the webinar recording.>
Food Research and Action Center Webinar, July 8
Community Eligibility is a new option to allow high-poverty schools to offer breakfast and lunch to all students at no charge while eliminating meal applications. To learn more about the policy and implementation, join the Food Research and Action Center in a webinar, Community Eligibility: Everything You Want to Know but Were Afraid to Ask. Panelists for this question and answer session will include U.S. Department of Education Title I experts, state Title I experts, and state and local child nutrition and school administrators with experience implementing community eligibility. The webinar takes place at 3 p.m. EDT.
Register for the webinar. >
Media Smart Youth
The National Institutes of Health have developed Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active!®, an interactive afterschool education program for youth ages 11 to 13. The curriculum includes ten lessons that combine media literacy and youth development principles with federal recommendations about nutrition and physical activity.
Access the curriculum. >
Information for Grantees
Important Dates and Events
- July 31 — Milestone 2: Teacher Surveys, Activities, and Attendance
Grants and Other Opportunities
The Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award. The Afterschool Alliance and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation are seeking nominations for afterschool programs that have excelled in providing literacy support to middle school students. They are particularly interested in learning about the positive impacts these programs are having on their students. If you know a program that fits this description, nominate it today! The winning afterschool program will be awarded $10,000 and recognized at the Afterschool Alliance’s national Afterschool for All Challenge. Nominations must be received by August 15.
Verizon Innovative App Challenge. The Verizon Innovative App Challenge provides the opportunity for middle school and high school students, working with a faculty advisor, to apply their STEM knowledge, ingenuity, and creativity to develop an original mobile app concept that incorporates STEM and addresses a need or problem in their school or community. The competition offers $20,000 grants for winning middle schools and high schools and Samsung Galaxy Tabs for students on the winning teams. Official registration opens on August 4. Learn more on the Verizon App Challenge website.
Join Us Online
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