Archive for October, 2006


Saturday, October 28th, 2006

Corporate Voices for Working Families (CVWF) report just released:

Assessing the employers’ perspectives on skills young people need for the 21st century!

Corporate Voices for Working Families (CVWF), just released a report analyzing what skills employers believe young people need to succeed in today’s workforce.

Seventy percent of survey participants cite deficiencies among incoming high school graduates in “applied” skills, such as professionalism and work ethic. Additionally, seventy-two percent of incoming high school graduates are viewed as deficient in basic English writing skills, including grammar and spelling.

You will need to register on their site to download the report.


Saturday, October 28th, 2006


 WHEN: Thursday, November 16, 2006

            8:00am – 5:00pm

WHERE: The Blake Hotel, 555 South McDowell Street, Charlotte, NC 28204

On Thursday, November 16, 2006, the White House and the Departments of Justice, Commerce, Agriculture, Labor, Veterans Affairs, Health & Human Services, Housing & Urban Development, Education, and Homeland Security, the Agency for International Development, and the Small Business Administration will host a conference in Charlotte to help social service organizations learn more about President Bush’s Faith-Based and Community Initiative. These conferences are geared towards faith-based and community organizations that have no history of applying for government grants, as well as those that have applied, but have not yet been successful.

 The conference is free, but pre-registration is required.  Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Visit to register online.  We strongly encourage you to register online.  If you are unable to register online, print the registration form attached to this email. Complete the form and fax it to 703-299-4589.  If you are not able to view this file, please call 202-456-6708 to have a form faxed to you. 

 The deadline for registration is Friday, November 10th.  If you must cancel your registration, please send an email to or a fax to the number listed above so we may accommodate as many people as possible.

The conference is part of a series of regional events that are being held around the country. The conferences provide participants with a general overview of the Faith-Based and Community Initiative, information about the government grants process and available funding opportunities, and an overview of the legal responsibilities that come with the receipt of Federal funds. The events also offer grant writing tutorials for select Federal grant programs.

 For more information, please call 202-456-6708, send an email to, or visit






Fun planning activities for afterschool

Saturday, October 28th, 2006

Great planning Resource for fun activities with children.

Here is the link for November:

THE NEXT STEP: Exploring Program Options for Middle School Youth

Saturday, October 28th, 2006

 Do Not Forget To register !

 Exploring Program Options for Middle School Youth

NJSACC will sponsor throughout the next year a special institute with 6 all-day trainings targeting middle school youth.

NJSACC has partnered with several youth serving organizations that will lend their expertise in this arena.

The first session is in partnership with PASE of NYC.

 When:  Friday, November 17th, 2006

Where:  First Baptist Church of Westfield,
              170 Elm Street
              Westfield, NJ
Cost:     $30 per person

What:    Covers materials, and lunch

Training Hours:  5 hours of NJ DOE Professional Development


 Understanding the Adolescent: Working Successfully with Middle School Youth

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn about Middle School Youth Development (ages 11-14).  In the morning, participants will engage in activities that support the healthy development of youth and learn how to plan activities that support their developmental levels.

In the later part of the day,  we will focus on activities that creatively explore ways to engage adolescents in developing skills and other social competencies. Using theatre techniques in improvisation and scene-work to find other outlets for your youth to express their ideas and still address their educational needs.

Nelson Monroe has worked in the youth development field for over 10 years.  His experience includes working as a theatre teacher, developing and supervising after school programs and as a consultant helping agencies design programs and train staff.  Most recently, he has worked with Development Without Limits to create a system of Middle School after school programs in the city of New Britain, Connecticut. Mr. Monroe received his Bachelor of Music for Temple University and his certificate to Teach English as a Second Language at The New School.


Session 1
Understanding the Adolescent: Working Successfully with Middle School  Students


(A form is needed for each person registering – Duplicate as needed)
City                                                        State                                      ZIP 
Day Phone: 
After school Program: 
Number of youth served:
Dietary Needs:

Cost: $30 per person

Make checks payable to NJSACC. 
PO’s and Credit Cards accepted.

Amount enclosed:  ________________  
Check Number__________   or Purchase Order Number____________
Credit Card #_____________________________________________
Visa___  MasterCard___ Expiration Date____________
Name on Card____________________________________________
Zip Code for Credit Card Billing Address_______________

Mail payment and registration form to:
231 North Avenue West #363
Westfield, NJ 07090
Registrations may be faxed to 908-789-4237.

All Registrations must be received by Nov.14th, 2006.
 Payment must be mailed to the address above and received by date of training.



Games For Halloween

Friday, October 27th, 2006

NJSACC has received several calls for Halloween activities !  Do you have any you wish to share?  Email them to

Here are some simple ones we came up with  @ NJSACC ,the last game was one from an 11 year old!

Mummy Race:

You’re going to need a lot of toilet paper!

Everyone pairs off with a partner. One person in the team wraps the other person in their team with toilet paper for a certain amount of time… 2 or 3 minutes is good. No need for winners !   Everyone has fun!

Who’s the Ghost ?

You need  1 large  white sheet

 Divide the group into 2.  Take one group into the hall and place the sheet over one of the kids. Help the ghost back into the room with the rest of their group. The other group must guess who is the ghost. They can ask questions that require a yes or no answer…

Halloween Freeze Dance:

 Play Halloween party music or creepy sound effects and tell the children to dance.When you turn off the music, they all need to freeze. Whoever is caught moving during the freeze is sits down .  When the music starts again  the dancers tag those sitting down to unfreeze them !  So everyone plays again !

For a fun variation on this game, tell the children they will need to pose in the Halloween shape you will have called out during the previous freeze.  Then let the children have a turn calling out their  shapes !Some fun shapes could be: black cat; pumpkin; broomstick; mummy; bat; etc.

Trick-or-Treat Memory Game:

In turn each child begins by saying “I went trick or treating and I collected…”, and then in alphabetical order each child adds to the list. Naturally, each subsequent child needs to add to the list and repeat the letters prior to his or her turn. For example, the third child might say, “I collected C – a cat; B – a Bat; A an apple. Friends can help with this game, otherwise it wouldn’t be fair to the last person.

Left and Right Pumpkin Story:

 Gather a group of children today…have them create a Halloween story that repeatedly uses the words “left” and “right”. For example, “On Halloween night, Maria  left for trick or treating. Right away she ran into her friend Dennis  as she made a right turn at the corner. He was holding his trick or treat bag in his right hand.” At your party, have the children sit in a circle and give one of them a pumpkin. As you read the story, they need to pass the pumpkin to the person seated next to them as the words left or right are spoken. Read the story quickly and watch them giggle as they try to keep up with the directions.

A Gruesome Guessing Game! (submitted by Carl Keane , age 11)

Perhaps your children in your program can add to it !

This fun activity is a game. Ahead of time, prepare the cups that are described below. You have to have a room dark so that people cannot see what’s inside of the cups. Each guest needs a paper and pencil. Now this is a guessing game. The cups will be passed around in darkness so people can FEEL what’s inside. You’ll recite a spooky story as the cups are passed. The guests write down what they think is REALLY in the cup. (Either list the “body parts” on the paper or turn on the lights between each round so people can write down their guesses.) DO NOT TELL THEM WHAT’S IN THE CUPS!!!!
How to Play
Have everyone sit in a circle. Pass out the paper and pencils and explain the guessing game. Then shut out the lights and start the story.

        Once in this town
        There lived a man named Brown.
        T’was years ago this very night
        That he died out of spite.
        They say these are his remains.

        Here is his brain, which now feels no pain.
            Pass around a cup with something like a wet squishy tomato inside it.
        Here are his eyes, still frozen with surprise.
            Pass the second cup which hold two frozen peeled grapes.
        Here is his heart. Be careful lest it start !
            Pass around a cup with a large lump of uncooked liver.
        Now we have his hair, which once was so fair !
            This cup contains a handful of corn silk or wet fur or yarn.
        Feel these drops of his blood. All the rest turned to mud.
            A cup with a little catsup thinned with warm water.
        One hand all alone, just rotting flesh and bone.
            A damp plastic glove filled with mud or ice.
        Now touch his ear. He nevermore will hear!
            Pass around a cup holding a dried apricot.
        Here are his teeth, they will never chatter!
            Pass around  a cup unpopped pop-corn .          
        This is his nose. T’will never smell a rose.
            Use a soft piece of chicken bone.
        These worms are all that’s left to feel. For them Brown was a lovely meal!
            Pass around a cup filled with wet, cooked spaghetti noodles with a little vegetable oil mixed in.

After the lights back on and everyone has finished writing down their guesses, collect the papers. As you check their guesses, you can show everyone what was really in the cups. Give a nice prize to the person with the most correct answers.