Archive for November, 2006

A Hand to Guide Me

Monday, November 20th, 2006

†Many times in our day to day working with youth , we forget† how much what we say and do impact on the youth we serve. Add this book to your holiday wish list or a† perfect staff gift!

A Hand to Guide Me

“In my neighborhood the Boys Club was the center of everything. It was my whole world, just about, from the time I was 6 years old.”
Denzel Washington

A Hand to Guide Me

Guiding, Shaping and Inspiring
Boys & Girls Clubs of America spokesperson Denzel Washington knows that you “don’t go it alone.” As a young boy, Washington found hope, purpose and direction from his local Boys Club. He attributes much of his success to Billy Thomas, a caring, staff member at his local Club.

In A Hand to Guide Me, the Academy Award winning actor shares the positive influences from his boyhood which helped to shape and guide him. More than 70 legends and leaders also reflect on the mentors who made a dramatic difference in their lives.

So many share their personal stories:† Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, Whoopi Goldberg, Phil Jackson, Hank Aaron, Muhammad Ali, John Antioco, Yogi Berra, Jimmy Carter, Wesley Clark, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Fr. Monk Malloy, Joe Morgan, Toni Morrison, Colin Powell, Bonnie Raitt, Cal Ripken Jr., Bernard Shaw, George Streinbrenner, Ruben Studdard, John Wooden and many more.

Available at national retailers, A Hand to Guide Me reflects the importance of caring adults in every child’s life. Share the gift of mentorship with friends and family. It is the perfect way to send the true meaning of the holiday season.


Saturday, November 18th, 2006



Dear Program Coordinator:

It is our pleasure to announce the KIDS FINANCIAL $ENSE: A Financial Literacy Symposium, to be held on Tuesday,† January 16, 2007.† On behalf of the American Business Collaborative and its funding companies (IBM, AT&T, Dow Jones, Exxon Mobil, J&J, Merck, and Novartis) for this project, the New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition (NJSACC), the New Jersey Department of Education, and the New Jersey Coalition for Financial Education, we cordially invite your afterschool program to participate in this financial education project.†

The cost of attendance at this event is only $25 for each participant and includes a continental breakfast and box lunch.† Participation will also constitute 5 Ĺ hours of New Jersey Department of Education professional development hours and meet the requirements of the NJ Office of Licensing. To register, click on links below or go to

We hope that you will join us and help give school children the tools they will need to grasp the basics of spending and saving money.† If you have any questions, please contact Brooke Stolting of the New Jersey Department of Education at 609-777-0313, or Diane Genco of NJSACC at 908-789-0259.† We thank you and look forward to seeing you in January!

Invitation for Programs and Agenda

Registration Form click here

Free Resources for your Program

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

Many afterschool programs request resources and activities that can be researched online. With this in mind, here are some websites which offer a variety of reading, geography, science and math activities and resources for your staff and program participants. These sources came from a recent Washington Post article referenced at the bottom of this post. Happy Hunting!

Book Reports:

This site, started by 10-year-old Emma Walker of Bethesda, has lots of reviews written by kids, for kids. It’s divided by age and author.


If you need a map, this is hands-down the best place to check out. Lots of beautiful pictures, articles and information about other countries and cultures.


Great suggestions for science fair projects and lab experiments. Reports science news in a kid-friendly way.


Cool graphics and interactivity.

Homework Contracts

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

NJSACC has received several requests for a sample Homework Contract.† If your program has had success with this concept and you are willing to share it with others please send a copy in word format to to be posted.†

Susan O’Connor conducted a HOMEWORK workshop at NJSACC”s conference here are some words of advice from her:

“I think it helps programs to clarify their homework policy, and sets a good example for parents to talk things over within the family and come to an agreement.† However, if a program has decided that everyone is to do homework, it isn’t necessary.† In my workshop on Saturday, I underscored that the program needs to work with funder, the school, and with families to come up with a homework policy.† And take into account that afterschool activities should be complementary and compensatory for what else is in the child’s life.† So if a program is in an affluent community where children are over-scheduled, the program needs to allow lots of time for relaxation and choice.† But if a program serves a large number of second language learners, and parents are unable to provide support on homework at home, this becomes a high priority.†”

Tool Kit for Hispanic Families

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006


ToolKit for Hispanic Families
The Department of Education recently released a tool kit for Hispanic families that includes a variety of resources to help students succeed in school. The tool kit was developed with guidance from over 1,800 Hispanic parents at Parent Information and Resource Centers across the country and is available in both English and Spanish.