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Every October 1 million Americans come together at more than 8,000 Lights On Afterschool events across the nation. Holding an event is an excellent way to build support for your program, by letting leaders and policymakers see firsthand how you are supporting kids and families in your community.

Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. LOA 2021 focuses on the tremendous role that afterschool programs have had in helping youth recover from the effects of the pandemic and forge bright futures.

Tell us how you plan to celebrate! When you register your event as an official LOA celebration, you will receive an event starter kit, which includes 10 free posters to help you promote your event, and make you eligible for cool prizes each week.


Deadline: Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 at 5 p.m. ET
Funding: $10,000

Apply now to serve as a regional Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurial Hub, also known as Pennsylvania YouthHub. A YouthHub will build a broad-based, coordinated system of entrepreneurial programming that provides strategies for workforce development, arts, culture and design, and community revitalization as well as increased accessibility and equity opportunities for children, youth, families and afterschool/summer learning providers.

Three successful applicants will receive seed funding of $10,000 to launch the initiative as well as training and communications support, access to an online student career portal platform (Tallo, Inc.), and a sustainable model to build capacity. Organizations will be selected in the fall of 2021.

Schools, state agencies, colleges and universities, intermediate units, consortiums, nonprofits, afterschool and summer learning programs, business and industry, and STEM learning ecosystems are all encouraged to apply.

For additional information, contact Steven Williams, PSAYDN Director.

Made possible through generous funding from the Mott Foundation and our partner network — STEM Next, Tallo, Inc., VentureLab, Young Entrepreneurial Institute.


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, Oct. 1, 2021

We are gauging the level of interest of Pennsylvania out-of-school time programs in hosting a forum about financial literacy and affordable college education. Stipends are available to support participating programs.

This survey is conducted by PSAYDN in partnership with the Chamber of Business and Industry and Pennsylvania Department of Banking.


Deadline: Monday, Sept. 13, 2021

The Program is a 3-month part-time program that will train participants in the skills required to successfully meet with members of Congress and their staff. The program is open to current and former Opportunity Youth (young people who have been disconnected from both school and work) aged up to age 26.

We anticipate Congressional Liaisons will spend approximately 30 hours on this project over three months, mostly in the evenings. Congressional Liaisons will receive $2,000 through the course of the program upon completion of assignments.


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.


6th Pennsylvania Youth Voting Summit

Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, 12–2 p.m. ET | Virtual

Come together for a day of civic learning, reflection and organizing. The event is open to high school and college students, faculty and administrators, and partners actively engaged in the nonpartisan youth voting space.


Wednesday, Oct. 20 – Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, Virtual

Deadline: Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021

Classroom teachers, specialists, instructional coaches, technology integrators, school leaders, community members in the STEM field we are looking for educators and those passionate about STEM education willing to share their stories and experiences in STEM learning and who can offer attendees practical and inspirational classroom takeaways.


collaboration between adults

Friday, Sept. 10, Oct. 15, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17, 2021 | Virtual

This four-part series is for white executives and senior leaders who are working to center racial equity in their organizations. As many predominantly white-led organizations work to become more inclusive and equitable, white leaders need to be able to recognize and manage ways that resistance will show up, both within themselves and others. This group will be focused on how to energetically stay in the game through a lens of relationship building. The work will also focus on becoming more aware of the defenses developed to manage personal racial biases as well as understanding fight/flight/freeze reactions and reframing self-judgments. This series will use a combination of coaching and skill-building to address these issues, leveraging the wisdom and insight of fellow leaders.


Carnegie Mellon University is the world leader in robotics research and education. CMU’s Robotics Institute is designing a website to provide educators and students free materials about robotics, inspirational stories from students studying STEM, curated lists of some of our favorite resources, websites and other learning tools and opportunities to connect with robotics faculty, students and staff via events and requests for presentations.

A team of 15 volunteers from the CMU robotics community will drive the website creation. They will drive the utility of the website and its ability to provide relevant and valuable resources and ignite new conversations as well as provide feedback, requests and guidance on this website (user interface, content, and interactive/community building opportunities) and gain access to pilots and special events.

Working group members must be able to participate in at least two of the fall meetings to provide synchronous feedback and participate in activities — Wednesday, Sept. 22, Oct. 20 and/or Nov. 17, 2021.


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