Month: April 2021

This brief synthesizes findings from nearly two dozen evaluations, — including randomized and quasi-experimental studies — that demonstrate the evidence base behind afterschool and summer programs.

Support academic growth and engagement in learning, foster key foundational skills and boost student well-being, and set young people up to thrive post high school — just a small sampling of evaluations that highlights the range of ways in which afterschool and summer programs are essential to help students reengage in learning and emerge from the pandemic strong, resilient, and hopeful.

Research shows that OST programs can prevent adverse outcomes, decrease risks, and yield positive outcomes for youth in several areas, including academic achievement, socio-emotional functioning, and school engagement and attendance.

This practice brief shows how state-level partnerships combined with innovative practices serve to strengthen and coordinate available resources for the benefit of thousands of children and families.

One of the cornerstone strengths of the afterschool and summer learning field is our ability to connect children and young people with supportive relationships with caring adults. With the reopening process in full swing, recovery from COVID is top-of-mind for many education leaders and commentators; yet we all realize that combating learning loss is not the only key issue facing our kids. Some of the deepest scars from the pandemic will not necessarily be academic — the impacts of more than a year of isolation from peers and positive relationships with caring adults present an often unreckoned toll.

As financial literacy advocates push for more personal finance education in schools, students are also joining the cause. Only 21 states require personal finance coursework to graduate high school, with just a handful mandating a stand-alone class, according to the Council for Economic Education. Yet research shows that those who have some financial education typically have lower credit card balances, higher credit scores and take out smaller private loans for college.

Deadline: Friday, Dec. 31, 2021
Awards: Three scholarships totaling $1,750 will be awarded annually to the authors of the three best Apprentice Ecologist essays.
How to become an official Apprentice Ecologist and be considered for a scholarship: 1) Conduct your own environmental stewardship project in 2021, 2) Take a few digital photos of your project in action, 3) Write an essay about your project and what it meant to you, and 4) Register and upload your favorite project photo along with your essay.

Limited in-person instruction has led to higher absences, more disruptions and widespread signs of reduced learning, especially for the most disadvantaged students. But with new federal money to support reopening buildings and extended learning, districts and cities are hustling to spur academic, social and emotional recovery this summer.

New plans include free full-day camps at schools, academic lessons shared across states, elaborate experiential projects, and internships for older students. In Washington, D.C., teens who need additional credits can even get paid to take summer classes. The city’s summer youth jobs program will allow some students to work part of the day and attend classes while still earning a paycheck, city officials said.

The lack of personal finance education in this country has proven to be devastating. That is why it is so crucial to start teaching kids personal finance in high school, financial literacy advocates say. However, what many researchers have found is that far too few students — particularly those from low-income backgrounds — receive any personal finance education during high school. Yet they are expected to make big financial decisions about student loans and budgeting for living expenses after graduation.

The Afterschool for All Challenge is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a Challenge like no other. Instead of one day of national advocacy, 2021 will feature an ongoing series of meetings with Congressional leaders hosted in conjunction with each state’s statewide afterschool network.

Application deadline: Saturday, May 1, 2021
Merit-based scholarship: $40,000 ($10,000 per year for four years)
NFPA will be offering one merit-based scholarship to a high school senior who participates as part of a 2021 FIRST® Robotics or NRL Competition Team. This scholarship may be used to study engineering at any accredited technical college or university in the United States.

Deadline: Friday, April 30, 2021

Million Girls Moonshot (MGM) is an afterschool equity initiative that seeks to reimagine who can engineer, who can build, who can make. PSAYDN, as part of MGM, is helping to support out-of-school time programs as they increase the quality of STEM learning opportunities for all young people, especially for underserved and underrepresented youth.

This survey, which takes 5-10 minutes, will help PSAYDN to better understand how we can best support afterschool and summer programs statewide.

Everyone who completes the survey will be invited to an exclusive webinar on hands-on engineering activities kids can do at home. Plus, 10 respondents will receive a $100 gift card.

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