Archive for January, 2007

Regional Training Workshops

Monday, January 29th, 2007


NJSACC is launching the  2nd of our series of 4 Regional Workshops. 

The cost is $20  for 3 hours of staff training.  All will begin at 9am on a Saturday and end at 12:15pm.

Our next Regional Training Day  will be on  Saturday, February 10th, 2007 in Phillipsburgh ,Warren County.

Date:  February 10, 2007
Time:  8:30am-12:15pm
Place:  Phillipsburg Middle School, 525 Warren Street, Phillipsburg, NJ
Cost:  $20

8:30am-9am – Registration and Continental Breakfast
9am-10:30am – Session 1
10:45am-12:15pm-Session 2

Session 1 – 9am-10:30am

A. Teambuilding for Staff and Kids

Come fill your toolbox with a few nuts and bolts activities and strategies to build stronger staff teams and groups of kids.  Activities are hands-on, so come prepared to play!
Presenter: Dagmar Wojcik, Trainer, NJSACC

B.  Crafts, Crafts, Crafts!

In this fun Workshop you will get to learn a variety of crafts and craft ideas and take home your new creations!
Presenter: Adrienne Mtume, Trainer, NJSACC

Session 2 – 10:45am-12:15pm

C.  Teambuilding for Staff and Kids

Come fill your toolbox with a few nuts and bolts activities and strategies to build stronger staff teams and groups of kids.  Activities are hands-on, so come prepared to play!
Presenter: Dagmar Wojcik, Trainer, NJSACC
D. Crafts, Crafts, Crafts!

In this fun Workshop you will get to learn a variety of crafts and craft ideas and take home your new creations!
Presenter: Adrienne Mtume, Trainer, NJSACC






City:                                                      State:     Zip:      
Day Phone:
Afterschool Program:
Number of youth served:


 SESSION CHOICES**Please circle one choice for each session

Session 1 – 9am-10:30am

A. Teambuilding for Staff and Kids

B.  Crafts, Crafts, Crafts!

Session 2 – 10:45am-12:15pm

C.  Teambuilding for Staff and Kids

D.  Crafts,Crafts, Crafts!


Cost: $20 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_______________

FAX REGISTRATION FORM TO: 908.789.4237 Mail payment with original registration form to:
231 North Avenue West #363
Westfield, NJ 07090
All Registrations must be received by Feb 7th, 2007
All Payment must be mailed to the address above and received by date of training.
Substitutions may be made at any time.  There are no refunds will be given after Feb. 7th.



Directions to the
Phillipsburg Middle School
525 Warren Street
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865

From Route 78: 

Take Route 78 West to the Phillipsburg exit (last exit in NJ).
You will be merging onto the Memorial Parkway (Route 22 West). You will go through several lights and pass a Shoprite, the Phillipsburg Mall, and an Advance Auto Parts Store. *After passing a Dunkin Donuts on your right, make a right at the Roseberry Street exit and then stay to the left to cross over Route 22 at the light. After going through traffic light, make the second right onto Heckman Street. Continue on Heckman for approximately 1/4 mile, then make a left onto Warren Street. (Finegan’s Funeral Home will be on the corner of Warren & Heckman). The middle school is approximately 1/4 down the road on your left. You may park in the upper or lower lot, but please come in through the main entrance.

From Route 31:

Take Route 31 North to Route 57 West until Route 57 merges into Route 22 West. Follow directions from the *above.

From Route 57:

Take Route 57 West until Route 57 merges into Route 22 West. Follow directions from the *above.




Thursday, January 25th, 2007


 NJSACC was  a part of this project.
 FOR RELEASE Friday, December 1, 2006          For further information contact:
              Nicole Yohalem, Forum for Youth Investment

New Surveys Provides First-Ever Portrait of Vital,
Often Overlooked Youth Workforce
Despite vast numbers and a diversity of roles critical to communities, 
youth workers are “invisible” 

Research Findings Prompt National, State and Local Youth Worker Organizations to Craft Multi-Pronged Action Agenda to Develop Strong, Valued Youth Work Profession

WASHINGTON, DC – A new report released today provides the most complete picture ever of the estimated 2 to 4 million youth workers in the United States. These individuals work in youth centers, after-school activities, camps, prevention programs, recreation centers, arts organizations and more. Titled Putting Youth Work on the Map, the report is based on findings from two major studies conducted of more than 5,000 youth workers across the nation, incorporating their voices and perspectives in an effort to illustrate the challenges and aspirations of these critical, but often overlooked workers.

“Youth workers play a vital role in today’s society, yet they are nearly invisible in terms of what we know about them,” stated Karen Pittman, of The Forum for Youth Investment, and author of the report on behalf of The Next Generation Youth Work Coalition. “For working parents, the youth workers who staff after-school and community-based programs provide an essential bridge of supports and services for children between the end of the school day and the end of the work day. For children and youth, these workers are positive adult role models, mentors, coaches, tutors and friends. And for vulnerable youth, the frontline workers at vocational training, substance abuse prevention and other programs offer a lifeline. Despite the array of fundamental roles they perform, until this research was conducted, we knew very little about these workers: what motivates them, how long they stay in these jobs, and why they leave.”

The new report defines youth workers as individuals who work with or on behalf of youth to facilitate their personal, social and educational development and enable them to gain a voice, influence and place in society as they make the transition from dependence to independence. Youth workers work with young people primarily between the ages of 8 and 18; in a variety of systems and settings.

Key report findings include:

-The vast majority of youth workers report high levels of job satisfaction, but equally high levels of job mobility. They may be happy in their jobs, but that doesn’t translate into lengthy tenure in these positions.
-Youth workers are diverse in ethnic background, gender, experience, age and educational background.  While half of these workers are 30 or younger, and a third are under 25, another third are 40 or older. Similarly, while some workers have a background in a similar field (education, child care, social services), others come to this work with prior experience in wholly unrelated professions (retail, technology, health care, etc.).
-Compensation for youth workers is low, and in some instances unlivable. The median salary range is $25,000 – $25,999. As a result, many youth workers report taking second jobs in order to make ends meet.  And pay is the top factor influencing worker decisions to leave the field.
-Career advancement and formal recognition of training or experience are nearly non-existent. Most youth workers report there are no clear promotion opportunities at their organizations. In order to move up, many youth workers have to leave their jobs and their organizations.

The results of this research and its implications for action formed the basis of a recent meeting of 45 local, state and national experts. Held in Baltimore November 8-9, the purpose of the meeting was to begin to craft an action agenda focused on developing a strong, valued youth work profession. The agenda includes actions that can be taken at the state, national and local level, by different stakeholders, including youth workers, employers, policymakers, advocates and others, and will focus on what can be done within individual organizations, within the youth work field, and in the larger community to strengthen and support this workforce.

“Youth workers serve children, youth and parents across the nation, but their role and importance are largely unrecognized by society at large, an ‘invisibility’ that surely impacts the ability of these workers to make a living wage and secure benefits,” said Judy Nee, President and CEO of the National AfterSchool Association which conducted one of the surveys. “The stakeholders gathered at this meeting – educators, employers, funders, youth workers and others – know that building public will and acknowledging the critical value of the work youth workers perform is a vital step in ensuring that this workforce is valued.” 

At the meeting, legitimizing youth work among the public and increasing awareness about its importance and impact was identified nearly unanimously as the single most important undertaking, and one that would have the greatest impact on the field. A number of next steps – including strategies for influencing policy, strengthening organizational capacity, and increasing consensus within the field – were identified and a plan for executing these at the local, state and national levels is being developed.

ABOUT THE NEXT GENERATION YOUTH WORK COALITION: Next Gen brings together individuals and organizations dedicated to developing a strong, diverse after-school and development workforce that is stable, prepared, supported and committed to the well-being and empowerment of youth. They believe that this requires progress in at least five key areas: standards and competencies; professional development and training resources; learning delivery systems; career and compensation guidelines and research and evaluation systems. For more information visit:

ABOUT THE FORUM FOR YOUTH INVESTMENT: The Forum is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to help gin communities and the nation make sure all young people are Ready by 21: Ready for college, work and life. This goal requires that young people have the supports, opportunities and services needed to prosper and contribute where they live, learn, work, play and make a difference. The Forum provides youth and adult learners with the information, technical assistance, training, network support and partnership opportunities needed to increase the quality and quantity of youth investment and youth involvement. The Forum is a member of the Next Gen Coalition. For more information visit:



Monday, January 22nd, 2007


6th Annual Health in Child Care Conference
“Partnerships for Healthy Lifestyles”

Save the Date: Wednesday – May 30, 2007

New location: Somerset Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center

Keynote: Margaret Fisher, M.D.,FAAP
Medical Director of Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center
“Can we slow down the obesity epidemic?”

Plus workshops on
best health practices, nutrition, play, stress and anger management, strengthening families, special needs and more…

 Soon you will find the registration brochure in the mail or on



Thursday, January 18th, 2007

Help connect your afterschool program to the world they live in  and  improve the commmunity they live in!

Here are some resources for free trees:

Free Trees for Arbor Day 2007!
Application Deadline: February 16, 2007
The New Jersey Tree Foundation is offering free two-year-old trees (1’ – 2’ tall) to celebrate Arbor Day occurring April 27, 2007. A variety of evergreen and deciduous trees are available (usually Green ash, Tulip poplar, Sweet gum, Silky dogwood & Norway spruce). Schools, local governments, tree groups, non-profit organizations, scout groups, and any volunteer organization may apply for the free trees. All planting must occur on public lands, be done by volunteers and maintained for two years.
There are many ways the trees can be used to beautify your neighborhood. Trees can be planted in a vacant lot to create an urban forest, planted as a windbreak for a community garden or at a school, planted in a nursery, or trees can be planted randomly throughout a park or cemetery.
For further information and an application please e-mail Lisa Simms at NJTF1@JUNO.COM .The deadline for application materials is February 16, 2007.

Another Resource:

Frito Lay is making America a little greener by helping to plant 100,000 new trees.

We’re giving the other 25,000 seedling trees to you!

Who can participate?
All nonprofit organizations are being considered. This could include schools, clubs, communities, etc. A designated number of trees will be donated each month to organizations that qualify. To ensure the health of our donated trees, please only apply if your organization has the capabilities to plant in large quantities. Frito-Lay and The National Arbor Day Foundation will not be assisting with the planting of trees. When can my organization apply? You can register online once a month until the program has ended.

How many trees can my organization receive?
Choose up to 50, 100, 150, 200, 250, or 300 donated trees.
How are organizations selected for free trees?
Organizations are chosen each month from all applicants who have registered in that month for the program.
Organizations will be selected in the order in which they apply.

What types of trees will I receive?
If you are chosen to receive donated seedling trees, you will be contacted to choose your trees. We will encourage you to receive the appropriate trees for your growing zone. Available trees: Blue Spruce, Pin Oak, Red Maple, Red Oak, Redbud, River Birch, Scarlet Oak, Silver Maple, Sugar Maple, Thornless Honeylocust, Tuliptree, White Dogwood and White Pine.

How will my organization be notified?
Organizations chosen to receive donated trees will be notified each month by e-mail.


Thursday, January 18th, 2007


It’s time for MINI GRANTS again! Must be received no later than January 26, 2007 by 5:00 pm.
 Yes, application may be handwritten !

 Here are some guidelines:

• Grants are for afterschool  programs licensed through NJDHS Office of Licensing ONLY
• Grants are for $2000
• All grant information must be filled out COMPLETELY.  Applications   missing ANY information will not be considered.  Please use the checklist  before submitting your application.
• Applications must be received no later than January 26, 2007 by 5:00 pm.
• Application Forms will not be mailed but will be available to download below.

Out of hundreds of applicants only 15 programs will be awarded a grant.

Remember that this is a highly competitive process.  You are competing with your peers.  Small mistakes could cause an application to be out of the running so, please double check your work.

Questions contact Jessica Heiberg @ 908.789.0259.

One last thing, the MINI GRANT application must be in our possession at  NJSACC no later than 5pm on 1/26/07.  (NOT postmarked by that date but received by then).