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Tens of millions of students may now be months or, in some cases, even a full year behind because they could not attend school in person during the pandemic. Research points to intensive daily tutoring as one of the most effective ways to help academically struggling children catch up. A seminal 2016 study sorted through almost 200 well-designed experiments on improving education, from expanding preschool to reducing class size, and found that frequent one-to-one tutoring was especially effective in increasing learning rates for low-performing students.


Deadline: Friday, Dec. 17, 2021
Award: $2,500 for the statewide winning team, certificates for regional winning teams

Teams of students are challenged to use their problem-solving, creative and strategic-thinking abilities to solve real-world transportation challenges.


Role models play a critical role in shaping a girl’s STEM identity, interest and aspirations. Although many STEM professionals are well-intentioned to share their journey and experience, many do not quite know how to go about engaging girls in conversation or telling their personal stories. To support role models and increase their effectiveness, Techbridge Girls developed the Role Models Matter™ training program. The training helps role models develop skills to engage girls from marginalized communities through videos, reflection questions, and more.


New Study Recommends State Establish Dedicated Funding Stream for Out-of-School-Time Providers

A new study released today by the Joint State Government Commission identifies significant benefits to students who participate in out-of-school-time (OST) programs and a substantial return on investment (ROI) made in these programs. Return on Investment of Afterschool Programs in Pennsylvania concludes that, for every dollar invested in an afterschool program in the commonwealth, $6.69 is returned in potential benefits associated with reducing high school dropouts, teen pregnancy, substance abuse disorder, crime and delinquency.


The Pennsylvania Youth Action Network (PAYAN) is a youth-led leadership group made up of a collection of the top youth leaders throughout the State of Pennsylvania. PAYAN meets regularly throughout the calendar year to collaborate, create strategies and examine issues affecting youth of all races, colors, genders and nationalities within Pennsylvania.

PSAYDN is looking for 15-20 high school students to join PAYAN — have your students apply today for this unique opportunity.


In communities around the country, afterschool and summer programs have been doing all they can to strengthen learning and support for young people during the pandemic and as schools reopen. Throughout the past year, these programs have created learning hubs, teamed up with school districts to deliver meals, and sent books and school supplies to young people at their homes, in shelters and in foster care. To help kids stay healthy and connected to one another, they have provided mentoring and safe spaces for peer support in virtual, in-person and hybrid settings. They have also rolled out a wide range of engaging programs — from poetry slams and robotics clubs to small-business pitch contests.


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