Planning afterschool summer activities that are fun and engaging is now an easy task! The new Summer Activity Guide offers 150 activities and challenges for youth ages 5-18. The activities and challenges are organized by age group (5-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-18), adaptable for in-person, virtual instruction or a hybrid of both, as well as take-home packets, and based in skill building and social emotional learning. Go to Guide
Living and working with COVID-19 can be challenging. PSAYDN has been sending information to its members pertaining to COVID-19 and other OST news and will continue to do so. Stay informed. Sign up for our weekly e-blast by joining PSAYDN for free.
Visit our COVID-19 resource page. This resource page is regularly updated and provides information for OST programs and families — how to stay informed about COVID-19, loans, and informational and handy resources.
Connect with other afterschool and summer learning providers across the state via our new Pennsylvania Afterschool Provider Facebook Group.
The STEM Next Opportunity Fund announced a multi-year grant to PSAYDN as part of the Million Girls Moonshot. The Intel Foundation and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation have joined STEM Next Opportunity Fund and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to launch the Million Girls Moonshot. The effort is designed to engage one million school-age girls in the United States in STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — learning opportunities over the next five years. The organizations will provide grant funding and in-kind resources to Mott-funded afterschool networks in all 50 states to increase access to hands-on, immersive STEM learning experiences. The first-year Pennsylvania grant, just awarded, is for $55,500.
Three-Part Webinar Series — Sept. 22, Oct. 13 and Nov. 10
Develop activities and projects focused on fostering an engineering mindset in youth in equitable ways that encourage engagement and participation of girls and other underrepresented youth. Help youth envision their potential as engineers and problem-solvers, and spark interest, affiliation and identities.
The Afterschool Alliance and the National Summer Learning Association are teaming up to ask you to complete a follow-up survey that focuses on what programming local providers have been able to offer this summer and what they have planned for fall. The survey should take no more than 10-15 minutes of your time and your responses will be anonymous. To thank you for your time, 50 respondents to the survey will be randomly selected to win a $50 cash prize.
On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, PSAYDN provided written testimony, in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs Pennsylvania Alliance and the Pennsylvania State Alliance of YMCAs, to a virtual House Education Committee information meeting to discuss plans to safely reopen schools in the fall due to COVID-19. The testimony informed how afterschool can support schools in their reopening, shared various learning models across the state, and provided recommendations in spacing, funding and support.
A message from the Center for Schools and Communities.
The past weeks have again highlighted social injustices in our society. We stand in solidarity with our communities of color, vulnerable youth and marginalized populations. We mourn the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others who have died unjustly because of systemic and institutionalized racism, implicit bias and prejudice.
Every black parent has numerous, ongoing talks about racism with their kids. Nothing will change until white parents start talking to their kids about racism all the time, too.
Afterschool and summer learning programs are making a difference in the lives of students and their families. Inspire and get inspired by sharing and reading stories of programs.