Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) recognizes eight program leaders, two organizations, two elected officials and two youth groups for innovation and excellence in afterschool programs that keep kids safe, inspire learning and help working families.
Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) today announced the third cohort of Pennsylvania STEM Ambassadors. The program aims to shape the future of STEM education in the commonwealth by targeting vital policy conversations to legislative leadership in the areas of STEM Learning ecosystems, computer science, apprenticeships, state and federal policy for formal and informal education, and workforce needs.
House Resolution 180 was unanimously adopted by the House Children and Youth Committee on January 22. The legislation is sponsored by Representative Jake Wheatley and directs the Joint State Government Commission to establish an advisory committee to conduct a study of the commonwealth’s current return on investments regarding afterschool programs and provide feedback on developing a means to capture outcomes for the purpose of bolstering return on investments for these programs. We thank those supporting the Resolution and ask PSAYDN members to continue to educate policymakers about the importance of afterschool.
PSAYDN’s STEM Ambassador Lisa Kovalchick recently trained educators from across the state on the CryptoClub curriculum at the Center for Schools and Communities. This curriculum teaches math concepts – grades 5-12 – through cryptography using puzzles and games. This training opportunity was made available through Governor Wolf’s PAsmart initiative.
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