When school ends for the day or summer, millions of children lose access to school meals they rely on to stay healthy and engaged. The federally-funded summer and afterschool meal programs can fill that nutrition gap and support out-of-school time programs at the same time. Clarissa Hayes from Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) talked about the program basics and tips for getting started serving free, healthy meals and snacks today.
Youth voice refers to distinct ideas, opinions, attitudes, knowledge and actions of young people as a collective body. This webinar highlighted the importance of youth voice, provided strategies for youth voice development, and gave examples for best practice. Attendees learned how OST programs, classrooms and communities can become more synergistic. Presenters were Malik Potter, senior at Lock Haven College, and Savannah Younginer, senior at Penn State University Harrisburg –PSAYDN interns – as they share and discuss the power of youth voice.
Attendees learned the latest on funding and partnership opportunities for afterschool and summer programs. Attendees heard about important funding initiatives available to out-of-school time programs and their partners, including the $30 million of PAsmart state funding that will be distributed through competitive grant funding. Learn about the latest fall activities and ways to further highlight your work and get connected.
Remake Learning Days is a week-long celebration of the future of learning in Pittsburgh. Events at schools, museums, libraries, nonprofits and businesses take place that bring parents and caregivers into the conversation about what learning looks and feels like in the 20th century. Remake Learning Days can happen anywhere, which is why an open-source toolkit was created to help other regions implement a version of Remake Learning Days where they live. Themes such as the arts, technology, maker and outdoor learning help parents navigate these events. Parents can find events in their neighborhoods by utilizing the map and search functions. Events take place in rural, suburban and urban neighborhoods.
Attendees learned about funding opportunities and resources offered through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency with over 50 years of service to the commonwealth. Director Jamie Dunlap of Arts in Education (AIE) provided information about how to access AIE services and opportunities to support your afterschool and summer programming.
For the past 25 years, Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL) has successfully provided evidenced-based summer and afterschool programs to scholars across the country. BELL’s expertise and success has enabled them to coach others to deliver the same high-quality summer and afterschool programs. Every community has talent and cultural capital to serve children and families and, by sharing knowledge with partners, you can reach more scholars, families and communities. Eddie Wilson illustrated the power offered by collaboration, and how BELL works with school districts and community partners around the country to help close the achievement gap through summer learning and afterschool programming. He also provided an overview of BELL’s current partnerships, the roles each partner plays, and how collaboration has accelerated scale and impact.