The Afterschool Pipeline–Afterschool News You Can Use!

January 30, 2017

In this Issue…

Celebration of Afterschool Luncheon and Conference registration available!

Recognize a professional, program, or partner at the Celebration of Afterschool luncheon!

Our next Statewide Afterschool Committee Meetings

Beyond the Bell Toolkit Training – February 23!

Save the Date for STEM Day at the Capitol—March 2, 2017!

STEM Training Opportunity available through 4-H in Jackson County!

Register now for the 35th Annual Missouri Child Advocacy Day—April 6, 2017!

Contest Announcements: The 2017 Afterschool Works Video Contest and Scholarship Contest!

Grant Opportunity: Up to $100K for Middle School Programs

Congratulations to our Program and Staffer of the Month Award Winners!

Are you listening?: Read the Latest on the MO Afterschool Advocate Blog

Celebration of Afterschool Luncheon and Conference registration available!

Please join the Missouri AfterSchool Network (MASN) and DESE’s Extended Learning Section for the 2nd Annual Celebration of Afterschool recognition luncheon as we celebrate the professionals, programs, and champions that makes Afterschool Work! in Missouri.

Who:  All afterschool program staff, administrators, partners, and supporters are invited to both the recognition luncheon and 2-day conference.

What:  A special recognition luncheon will honor  (see below to nominate individuals or programs):

  • afterschool professionals for attaining their educational milestones (associates, bachelors, graduate degrees) and for their years of service in the field (retirements and 5 year increments),
  • afterschool programs for earning accreditation, sustaining work after a grant, and years of service to the children, youth, and families in their communities (new programs and 5 year increments),
  • community partners for their support to your program,
  • school administrators for elevating the role of afterschool within their district, and
  • Statewide Afterschool Champions for their support of the field of afterschool.

The 2017 Statewide Afterschool Champions include:

  • Mayor Karen Best, Branson
  • Representative Michael Butler (D-79)
  • Mayor Sly James, Kansas City
  • Representative David Wood (R-58)

When:  March 3-4, 2017, Recognition luncheon on March 3rd at 12:00 p.m.

Where:  Tan-Tar-A Resort and Conference Center

Cost:  $150 for the 2-day conference*, $50 luncheon only tickets (Note: all individuals being recognized will receive a discount code to cover the luncheon cost bringing the conference registration to $100)

Register:  To register for the conference and/or the luncheon, visit https://extweb.missouri.edu/NewWebReg/NewIntro.aspx?tp=2&u=467&p=128138&d=5Q3RmfB8oV4a/Vb0Ccv3gA

More information:  For more information, including the event schedule and previous year’s Recognition Luncheon program, visit www.moasn.org/celebration

Important Hotel Deadline—THIS WEEK, Friday, February 3!

The $91 room block for the Celebration of Afterschool expires this Friday, February 3rd.  Please make your reservation today to take advantage of the excellent room rate.  For reservations, call the Tan-Tar-A Reservation Office at 800-826-8272 and reference the Missouri AfterSchool Network Celebration of Afterschool.

Featured conference sessions

We are excited to announce two extended (double) sessions at the upcoming Celebration of Afterschool.

  • On Friday, March 3rd immediately following the Recognition Luncheon, we will have a special session titled ESSA Implementation:  How Afterschool can be a Local Strategy for School Improvement, Meeting the Needs of Special Populations, and Student Support and Academic Enrichment (Titles I, III, and IV).  This session will be co-presented by DESE and the Missouri AfterSchool Network and will feature success stories from both urban and rural school districts.  Time will be allotted for questions (double session).
  • On Saturday, March 4th join in a special double session for the movie “Screenagers”.  After viewing this documentary, participate in the conversation about how to best implement this new knowledge in our schools and programs.

Check the website often as we post additional session information!

Recognize a professional, program, or partner at the Celebration of Afterschool Luncheon!

The recognition luncheon is a special time to honor afterschool professionals for attaining their educational milestones (associates, bachelors, graduate degrees) and for their years of service in the field.  Programs also receive recognition for earning accreditation and for years of service to the children, youth, and families in their communities.  Years of service recognition is in 5-year increments, or in the year of retirement.  You can also nominate a special community partner or school administrator for recognition of their support to your program and the field of afterschool.

Please use this link to submit information about individuals, programs, and partners to be recognized at the March 3, 2017 Celebration of Afterschool recognition luncheon.  Note:  All honorees will receive a discount code to deduct the cost of the luncheon from the conference registration fee.

Our next Statewide Afterschool Committee Meetings

Our next quarterly afterschool committee meetings will be held Friday, March 3rd at 9:30 a.m. prior to the Celebration of Afterschool recognition luncheon at Tan-Tar-A Resort.  Help shape the future of afterschool by choosing a committee:  Funding & Sustainability, Public Policy and Awareness, Professional Development, Quality, and STEM!  All committee meeting attendees will receive $50 off of the conference registration (regularly $150).  For more information about the Afterschool Committees visit www.moasn.org/committees or use this link to register.

Beyond the Bell Toolkit Training – February 23!

Join us Tuesday, February 23, 2017 from 10:00 AM–2:30 PM at the Missouri 4-H Center for Youth Development for a special training opportunity specifically tailored to organizations interested in starting a new Afterschool Program. The Beyond the Bell Toolkit is both a guide and comprehensive set of practical tools designed to help program leaders and their staff create and sustain high-quality, effective afterschool and expanded learning programs.

 The upcoming training session includes:

  • Your personal copy of theBeyond The Bell: Toolkit ($140 value)
  • Includes access to Beyond The Bell online resources and 96 ready-to-use tools
  • An overview of the resources contained in theToolkit
  • An in-depth look at how to make the most of theToolkit to start a new Afterschool Program

Some of the topics covered will include: 

·         developing a program plan

·         finding partners

·         setting program goals

·         allocating resources

·         hiring staff members

·         choosing programming

Register Here! 

The deadline for registration is February 17, 2017.

Cost: $250 (Lunch will be provided)

 Need More Information? Contact Bradley Lademann email: LademannB@missouri.edu phone: (573)882-9298

Training Location: Missouri 4-H Center for Youth Development | 1110 S. College Ave. | Columbia, MO 65201

Save the Date for STEM Day at the Capitol—March 2, 2017!

This year Missouri will highlight Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields of study and career pathways with STEM WEEK  March 1 – 5, 2017.   The Missouri Mathematics and Science Coalition will hold our annual STEM Day at the Capitol in Jefferson City on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017, with a focus on K-12 and Higher Education STEM programming. Save the Date and plan to join MASN and others in the Capitol for this annual event!

The Missouri Math and Science Coalition also has space available on the 3rd floor Rotunda of the Capitol for STEM programs to set up booths and showcase various school and student science projects and activities.  Participating groups will showcase their STEM programs, projects and past/current work.  The program will run from 9:00am to 2:00pm. If interested in exhibiting, visit the website here, or contact Brian Crouse (MASN STEM Chair and Executive Director of the Math and Science Coalition) directly at 573-634-3511 or at BCrouse@mochamber.com

STEM Training Opportunity available through 4-H in Jackson County!

Missouri 4-H Afterschool (Jackson County) would like to invite you to apply for an upcoming STEM professional development training opportunity. The Science Action Club is a high-impact STEM program for youth grades 5-8th in out-of-school time. Through hands-on games and projects, youth in SAC investigate their local environment and use citizen science to document discoveries, share data, and design strategies to protect our planet. This spring we will focusing on “Birds in your Schoolyard” curriculum, if you are interested in participating you may apply at https://goo.gl/dOYrwB  or for further information please contact Susan Smith.

Register now for the 35th Annual Child Advocacy Day—April 6, 2017!

Missouri’s annual Child Advocacy Day is an opportunity for parents, child care professionals, health care providers, and community members to speak up and ask lawmakers to make the health, safety, and education of Missouri’s children a top priority for the state. Activities at Child Advocacy Day include workshops on current legislative and budget issues affecting children and families, meetings with legislators, rally at the Capitol, exhibits showcasing services for children and families, and recognition of this year’s Child Advocate Award winner.

Please plan to join MASN and our partners at the MO Alliance for Children, Youth, and Families for the 35th Annual Child Advocacy Day in Jefferson City on April 6, 2017. For more information and to register, visit the Missouri Child Advocacy Day website here. If you plan to attend and are associated with an afterschool program, please contact Casey Hanson at hansoncb@missouri.edu so that we can have afterschool specific materials prepared for you for that day.

We hope you’ll join us in Jefferson City to tell our legislators that “Kids are our best investment!”

Contest Announcements: 2017 Afterschool Works Video Contest and Scholarship Contest!

 2017 Afterschool Works! Video Contest

 Lights, Camera, ACTION! MASN is pleased to bring back our video contest for the 4th year and invites afterschool youth of all ages (kindergarten thru 12th grade) to plan, film and edit their own video about the importance of afterschool programs.

Visit our website here to download the instructions and forms you will need to submit to participate. Programs in each category have the opportunity to win $500 for their program!

Here is the 2017 contest timeline:

  • January 31, 2017 – Letter of Intent due to MASN Offices.
  • April 7, 2017 – Submissions due to MASN office (must be received in office no later than 5 pm)
  • May 11, 2017 – Winners announced and notified at the final quarterly meeting of the year.

2017 Afterschool Works! Scholarship Contest

MASN is pleased to bring back our scholarship contest for the 2017 graduating class. The scholarship will be awarded to a youth applicant who has participated in afterschool as a student or volunteer, and whose life has been impacted by their participation in afterschool or summer programming. The winner will receive a $500 scholarship to the college, university, or technical/vocational school of their choice to cover tuition, books or other fees.

Scholarship applications will be due on April 30, 2017, and the winner will be announced by July 31, 2017. For the guidelines and to download the application, visit our website here.

Grant Opportunity: Up to $100K for Middle School Programs

The New York Life Foundation has created a new $1.95M fund to support middle school afterschool, summer or expanded learning programs serving disadvantaged youth over the next three years. This year, the new Aim High grant program will provide $750,000 to support 18 awards nationwide—take a look to see which opportunity is a good fit for you, and apply!


Grant categories:

  • $100,000 over two years – 4 awards to be made to organizations with annual budgets of $500,000 or greater
  • $50,000 over two years – 4 awards to be made to organizations with annual budgets of between $250,000 and $500,000
  • $15,000 one-year grant – 10 awards will be made to programs that demonstrate promising family engagement strategies run by organizations with annual budgets of more than $150,000

Read the full application and eligibility requirements here.  Applications are due by February 17, 2017.

Nominate Program and Professionals for our Monthly Awards!

Each month MASN honors outstanding programs and professionals for the work that they do each day to support youth and families throughout Missouri. To nominate professionals or programs for the monthly awards, submit you nominations by the last date of each month using the links below.

Staffer of the Month Nomination link

Program of the Month Nomination link

Are you listening?: Read the Latest on the MO Afterschool Advocate Blog

As we continue work to improve our blog communications this year, last Wednesday we presented the first in a new blog series called “What If Wednesday?” by MASN’s Afterschool Resource Coordinator, Brad Lademann. Each month, Brad’s blog will help you reflect and consider things from a different perspective, both professionally and personally. Check out last week’s post here and look out for our “What If Wednesday” blogs monthly.

While you’re on our blog, you can also check out our latest advocacy blog post here – January = Advocate & Educate! – and look out for February’s Advocacy post later this week!

Have an idea for a blog post? Email Casey Hanson at hansoncb@missouri.edu.

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