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JUL
15

FUNDING
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One month left to nominate a program for the Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award!

By Nikki Yamashiro

Does your afterschool program help middle school students develop their reading skills?  Do you volunteer with a program that taps into students’ creativity and piques their interest in writing?  We need your help to find exemplary afterschool programs that are providing strong literacy support to middle schoolers.  Nominate them today for the Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award and the chance to win the $10,000 award! 

The nomination period will close on Aug. 15, which leaves one month to submit your nomination and share with us the fantastic work taking place in an afterschool program in your community. 

You can find more detailed instructions for the online nomination form here

We can’t wait to hear from you!

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learn more about: Funding Opportunity Inside the Afterschool Alliance Literacy
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JUL
8

FUNDING
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New $150,000 award opportunity: The Trust Challenge

By Nikki Yamashiro

The Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) and the MacArthur Foundation have announced their fifth Digital Media and Learning Competition—the Trust Challenge: Building Trust in Connected Learning Environments.  The Trust Challenge will award a total of $1.2 million—in $10,000 to $150,000 year-long development grants—to institutions and organizations that look to answer questions around trust, privacy, safety and learning in an open online world.  Proposals will address questions such as:

  • How can learners exercise control over who sees and uses their data?
  • What tools do they need in order to navigate, collaborate and learn online with confidence?
  • What solutions will foster greater civility and respect in online learning environments?
  • How can open technical standards create more opportunities to share and collaborate online in a spirit of trust?

Applications will be accepted Sept. 3 to Nov. 3, 2014.

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learn more about: Digital Learning Funding Opportunity Science Arts
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JUN
12

FUNDING
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New $10,000 award opportunity: The Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award!

By Nikki Yamashiro

We're thrilled to announce that we have partnered with the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to offer the first ever Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award.  We need your help to find exceptional afterschool programs that are providing strong literacy support to middle schoolers—helping them to develop their reading, writing and critical thinking skills.  The winning afterschool program will be awarded $10,000 and recognized at the Afterschool Alliance’s national Afterschool for All Challenge.  

Nominate a program today!  Or, nominate your own program today!  We also encourage afterschool program directors, staff, volunteers and students to nominate their own program.

The Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award is a great opportunity to highlight the critical work taking place outside of the school day to ensure that middle school students have the necessary support and guidance to build the literacy skills that will help them succeed both in and out of school. 

The deadline for nominations is Aug. 15

The online nomination form has more detailed instructions, but feel free to email nyamashiro@afterschoolalliance.org to answer any questions you may have about this process.

Good luck and we look forward to learn more about the valuable work to strengthen students’ literacy skills that is taking place in afterschool programs across the country.

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learn more about: Competition Funding Opportunity Inside the Afterschool Alliance Literacy
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APR
21

FUNDING
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Time is running out to serve meals this summer

By Erik Peterson

Warm weather has returned and that means the kick-off of the Summer Food Service Program is just around the corner. This federally-funded program allows summer learning providers to serve free meals to eligible children when school is out for the summer.

Although many children qualify for this program, very few participate.

During fiscal year 2013, the National School Lunch Program provided an average of 21.5 million children a free or reduced-priced lunch each school day. When schools let out for summer, less than 10 percent of those students participate in the Summer Food Service Program.

Luckily for families who are struggling, the Summer Food Service Program is working with school districts, nonprofits and cities this summer to keep school cafeterias open and having community centers provide a site where children can get a delicious free meal.

The Summer Food Service Program also helps to draw children into safe and fun activities filled with learning opportunities. The program encourages communities to provide safe places for children to be with other children and supportive adults. Children benefit nutritionally by receiving complete, wholesome meals. Parents benefit from some help in stretching their food dollars and by knowing their children are engaged in supervised activities.

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learn more about: Funding Opportunity Nutrition Summer Learning Sustainability
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APR
14

STEM
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New funding for research on STEM learning outside the classroom

By Melissa Ballard

Science Learning+ will provide up to $14.4 million to support research into how learning happens outside the classroom, exploring the most effective practices and building the evidence base in this area. The aims are:

  1. To learn more about, evaluate and maximize the impact of informal learning experiences
  2. To improve understanding of how informal environments may help to widen access to STEM for youth from all backgrounds

One-year-long Planning Grants (proposals due on July 10, 2014) will enable initial collaboration and idea development. Partnership Grants (due in 2015), will fund research activities for up to five years.

Science Learning+ funding is particularly aimed at encouraging collaborative projects between researchers and practitioners in the U.S. and U.K., developing stronger links and partnerships internationally, and building a learning community for exchanging experience and expertise.

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learn more about: Funding Opportunity Science
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MAR
14

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Corporate foundations providing vital afterschool funding

By Michael Burke

More and more corporate partners and foundations are recognizing the important role that afterschool programs play in helping kids reach higher academic achievement and college readiness, and develop essential skills for the 21st century workplace, particularly among low-income children and families.  To help augment the work that is already taking place in afterschool, the New York Life Foundation recently awarded a $4 million, four-year grant to After-School All-Stars. The grant will help After-School All-Stars expand its programming to middle school youth in six cities across the nation.

As part of its broader mission, The New York Life Foundation is committed to educational enhancement by supporting programs that focus on academic achievement for disadvantaged children and youth, and that help children during the critical out-of-school hours.  The foundation places a special emphasis on the needs of middle and high school students, which makes its partnership with After-School All-Stars an exemplary collaboration because it will leverage the ongoing work of both organizations.

Afterschool and summer learning programs are ideal places to provide kids with educational opportunities that help them improve academic performance and develop the skills they need to succeed in college and in life. Thanks to the valuable investments of corporate foundations such as the New York Life Foundation, afterschool programs across the nation are more able to provide vital educational opportunities beyond the school day that otherwise may not have existed.

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learn more about: Funding Opportunity Academic Enrichment
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FEB
21

IN THE FIELD
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Strong partnerships for strong afterschool programs

By Alexis Steines

Strong community partnerships are vital to the long-term sustainability of all afterschool programs. With local and state budgets including sharp cuts to education and youth development programs and federal policy challenges threatening the integrity of afterschool programs, community support is more important than ever. Partnerships between schools and afterschool programs also play an important role in Common Core implementation and other activities to help students improve academically.

Last week, I addressed this topic in breakout sessions at the Beyond School Hours Conference, hosted by Foundations, Inc. The sessions focused on the key ingredients in forming successful community partnerships. These components include:

  • Establishing consistent and honest communication from the start of the partnership;
  • Allowing ownership of issues for all partners;
  • Matching the strengths of each partner with an identified need;
  • Valuing and respecting all partners, no matter the size of their contribution to the partnership;
  • Ensuring coordination and communication with teachers and school administrators.
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learn more about: Funding Opportunity Sustainability Community Partners
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FEB
3

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Do you know a teen making an impact? Nominate for a TeenNick HALO Award

By Sarah Simpson

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learn more about: Afterschool Voices Funding Opportunity Service
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