Archive for August, 2006


Thursday, August 31st, 2006

For The Good Of  The Game

Through this initiative, the USGA is committed to providing opportunities for personal development through golf and its values. USGA grants empower organizations that introduce the game to people who would otherwise not have the opportunity, specifically kids from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and individuals with disabilities. Grant awards are directed to instructional programs, caddie or other work-based curriculums, and the construction of facilities that make the game both more affordable and accessible as well as teach individuals the life values inherent in the game.

Community Groups

Thursday, August 31st, 2006


Community Collaboration Tool. Building Partnerships for Youth has released a customizable PowerPoint tool to help bring people together about issues that are important for the health, education and well-being of young people. A PowerPoint presentation and instruction manual detail the steps necessary to customize it for use in your region. The presentation shows how communities are strengthened through out-of-school time programs. View the tool at: .

Sports4Kids resources will help your afterschool program with everything from sports equipment swaps to free sports curriculums. The mission of Sports4Kids is to support and create youth sports and recreational opportunities to enhance the health and well-being of youth and communities. For more information or to link to the resources section, visit:


Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

Mapping: A YouthLearn Recipe for Brainstorming

Have you tried mapping out your ideas to jumpstart curriculum and project planning for the fall? YouthLearn’s guide to using graphic organizers (see also our info about webbing) can get you started. Mapping is a simple and wonderfully versatile technique that you can use with your colleagues and kids for brainstorming, organizing thoughts, and generating ideas. They can be used to define a curriculum, plan a project, select a theme, develop a simple story or to add energy and enthusiasm to a repetition-based exercise such as pattern writing. Whether you’re doing a project with the whole class, breaking up into teams or working on individual projects, mapping should be a part of almost every group activity–and you should do lots of group activities. The reason is practical as well as philosophical. If you allow group members to suggest their own ideas and make their own decisions (within the parameters of your educational goals, of course), they will be much more engaged, positive and enthusiastic than if you make all the decisions yourself…


Immigrant Families

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

New American Children Initiative

More than 1/2 of the children aged 3-6 in New York City live in immigrant families. The Foundation for Child Development recognizes that the children of immigrants experience some of the greatest hardships growing up in America, including poverty and inadequate access to health care, crowded housing, and language barriers. The goal of the Foundation for Child Development’s New American Children Initiative is to create the knowledge needed to inform sound policies affecting the well-being of young newcomer children and their families in the United States.  The FCD website contains research, reports, funding information and fact sheets.


Friday, August 25th, 2006

“Lowe’s Sponsors Parent Involvement Grants”

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program funds school improvement projects initiated by parents in recognition of the importance of parent involvement in education. Maximum Award: $20,000. Eligibility: K-12 schools (including charter, parochial, private, etc) or parent groups (associated with a non-profit K-12 school). Deadline: October 15, 2006.