Archive for April, 2008

Free training-this summer

Friday, April 18th, 2008
  • Is your afterschool program in Bergen or Hudson County?
  • Do you believe that children should be more involved with the natural world?
  • Do you work with middle school youth or high school?

If so you are eligible to apply for the Honeywell Institute for Ecosystems Education summer institute.
NJ Audubon has extended the invitation to afterschool program staff!

This is a great opportunity ! All expenses paid plus a stipend.
Today, issues such as energy, water, waste management, air quality and habitat protection are among the most prominent discussions in the media, business and politics. As individuals, we owe it to future generations to protect the environment. As educators, we have a unique opportunity to help children become tomorrow’s environmental stewards.
Check out the Institute @

http://www.njaudubon.org/Education/Summerinstitute.html

Do You Have Kids in Outer Space?

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

If your program has kids in outer space, these sites have great ideas and activities fro afterschool programs. New NASA’s Science Mission Directorate Web Site

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate has launched a new Web site that provides enhanced and engaging information about NASA’s vast scope of scientific endeavors and achievements. The site will provide in-depth coverage of NASA’s past, present and future science missions with features that include:

  • Expanded “For Educators” and “For Kids” pages to provide access to a broader range of resources for learning the science behind NASA missions.
  • Interactive tables and searches for Earth, heliophysics, planetary and astrophysics missions.
  • Insight into dark matter and dark energy, planets around other stars, climate change, Mars and space weather.
  • Resources for researchers including links to upcoming science solicitations and opportunities.
  • A mapping of science questions for NASA science missions and the data they produce.
  • A citizen-scientist page with access to resources that equip the public to engage in scientific investigation.
  • Easy-to-navigate design and an improved search engine to help find information.

Visit the new NASA science Web site at http://nasascience.nasa.gov.

New NASA International Year of Astronomy 2009 Web Site

Join NASA in 2009 as it celebrates the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first observations of the universe through a telescope. In honor of this historic event, the International Astronomical Union and the United Nations have proclaimed 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy.

The purpose of IYA is to spread awareness of astronomy’s contributions to society and culture, stimulate young people’s interest in science, portray astronomy as a global peaceful endeavor and to nourish a scientific outlook in society.

NASA invites you to join in the celebration of IYA 2009, as a part of the overall U.S. IYA effort. To commemorate this event, NASA has launched a new Web site that will serve as a portal to NASA resources, events, and opportunities for involvement. A program of regional and national IYA activities for students, teachers and the public are currently being planned.

To learn more about this IYA and to find news and information about events that are being planned, visit http://astronomy2009.nasa.gov/.

At Risk Youth Symposium

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

New Jersey Department of Children and Families
The Division of Prevention and Community Partnerships

New Jersey Department of Education

New Jersey Department of State Office of Faith Based Initiatives

New Jersey School – Age Care Coalition (NJSACC)

Present

At Risk Youth Symposium

This day is designed to provide an opportunity for faith and community based organizations to hear first hand from other successful organizations/programs have maintained a high-level of excellence.

Friday, May 2nd, 2008
Kean University
Student Center
http://www.kean.edu/directions.html

Program:

9:00 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30 am

Opening Remarks

Reverend Darrell Armstrong, NJ DCF
The Division of Prevention and Community Partnerships

10:15 am – 11:15 pm

Afterschool and Youth Programs in NJ – The Big Picture

Diane Genco, NJSACC Executive Director

11:15 pm -12:15 pm

Afterschool Program Models in New Jersey –

Diane Genco, New Jersey School Age Care Coalition
Sharing models, funding sources, program planning, community connections, partnerships

Robin Hoy –
Connection Afterschool Program, Cranford NJ
A not-for-profit Christian –based After School Program fro K-6th grade sponsored by the Cranford United Methodist Church.

Tina Blackledge –
Trenton Afterschool Program (TASP), Trenton, NJ
Founded in 1986 by Nassau Presbyterian and Trinity Episcopal Church of Princeton,
The Trenton After School Program provides the children of Trenton’s West Ward personal after-school homework assistance, tutoring and enrichment in a safe, nurturing environment.

Kevin Zealand and Annie Chen-
The Academy Street Firehouse, Newark, NJ
Serves HIV/AIDS affected youth; ARFC purchased a historic firehouse from the city of Newark and has renovated it to make the Academy Street Firehouse the first single location in New Jersey to address the specific educational, social, and medical needs of children and adolescents who are dealing with the loss of a parent due to AIDS.

Rev. Jeremy Montgomery-
World Relief, Baltimore, MD
While he was Associate Pastor at the First Baptist Church of Westfield, the Youth Program evolved into a vibrant and diverse program reflective of the youth in the community.

Reverend Hilda Covington-
SisterHood Incorporated, Burlington, NJ
Serving at-risk youth in Burlington City and surrounding areas since 1996 in collaboration with the Boards of Education, state, county, community organizations, and law enforcement by providing after hours in-school requested programs plus one to one mentoring and advocacy; also a no fee Safe Haven is available at our building after school.

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Lunch and Networking

1:15 pm- 2:10 pm
Afternoon Workshops:

A. Resources and Tools in NJ for Quality Afterschool Programs

Learn how to secure free or low cost resources for your youth serving programs.
Diane Genco/Christine Corriston, NJSACC

B. Understanding the Youth Culture –Yields Success

Rev. Jeremy M. Montgomery- Church Relations Director, Northeast Region, and World Relief.
Learn how to connect with the youth you serve, by connecting with the current youth culture.

C. NJ 21st Community Learning Centers Programs
Afterschool Program –Where Do I Start?

Haydee Perez -Livingston, Coordinator of Extended Educational Services Unit, NJ DOE
Highlighting community outreach, coordination and program activity development.

D. Connecting With Community and Families

Reverend Hilda Covington- SisterHood Incorporated
Learn how to partner with community groups. Learn how to launch and experience success in mentoring and advocacy

E. 21st Century Afterschool Science Project (21st CASP)

See a demonstration of a free curriculum funded by NJ DOE. This curriculum is designed to enrich student learning through inquiry-based, interactive science experiences with everyday materials.
Pamela Learner, NJSACC

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Funders Roundtable

Moderated by Edward La Porta, Office of Faith Based Initiatives.

Learn what funders want from grantees, time for questions and answers.

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REGISTRATION FORM
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PLEASE FAX TO: 908.789.4237
SEND ONE FORM PER PERSON DUPLICATE AS NEEDED

Name: ___________________________________________________
Program Address: __________________________________________
City: ______________________________________ State: ___
Zip: _________
Phone: ______________
Email: ______________
The Cost is $20 per person. Make checks payable to NJSACC.
PO’s and credit cards are accepted as well.
Amount enclosed:
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OR
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FAX REGISTRATION FORM TO: 908.789.4237
Mail payment with original registration form to:
NJSACC
231 North Avenue West #363
Westfield, NJ 07090

Last day to REGISTER, April 28th, 2008
Payment may be accepted on day of training or mailed to the address above.
Substitutions may be made at any time.
No refunds will be given after April 28th regardless of attendance.
NO WALK IN REGISTRATIONS, PLEASE!

“Preventing Obesity in Today’s Hip-Hop Women”

Monday, April 14th, 2008

The Plainfield YMCA and NJSACC are pleased to host:

“Preventing Obesity in Today’s Hip-Hop Women.”
California Adolescent Nutrition and Fitness (CANFit), a leader in nutrition and physical activity programs for ethnic communities, and MEE Productions Inc., experts in understanding and communicating with urban communities, are collaborating to present a unique workshop at the Plainfield YMCA, Plainfield, NJ.

When: Thursday, May 22, 2008
8:30 am- 4pm

Where: Plainfield YMCA, 518 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060
Directions: http://www.plainfieldy.org/map.html

What: Sponsored by the Office on Women’s Health. “Preventing Obesity in Today’s
Hip-Hop Women” offers both communication and programmatic solutions to
promoting healthy eating and increased physical activity among urban,
African- American and Latino populations.

Who Should Attend: Staff from community-based organizations, school and afterschool
programs, youth service providers, healthcare organizations.
Included: Continental Breakfast, Lunch, a complimentary copy of the P.H.A.T.
Hip-hop multi-media package (valued at $100) and other products designed
to motivate urban and ethnic communities

Cost: $25 per person. Sponsorship by the Office on Women’s Health is enabling a
reduced registration fee of $25 to cover food expenses to be offered along with a
limited number of scholarships.

“Funded in part by the HHS’s Office on Women’s Health”

We all know that low income urban audiences are more adversely affected than anyone else by unhealthy eating and physical inactivity. But how do we begin to break through barriers to behavior change and provide real-world solutions to reaching those who need the information most? CANFit and MEE and will show attendees how to present street-credible, authentic and culturally relevant health information to the “hip-hop generations” so that critically needed lifestyle changes are both effective and sustainable over time.

The workshops will be led by Arnell Hinkle, Executive Director of CANFit, and MEE President Ivan Juzang, with more than two decades of combined expertise. Their insights will help you more effectively connect with the latest social, health and lifestyle trends among urban communities!

Topics explored during the workshop include:
* Strategies for attracting the hardest-to-reach community members to healthy eating and physical activity programs and, just as important, keeping them engaged and motivated.
* How to integrate hip-hop culture into existing fitness and nutrition programming.
* How the billions of dollars spent each year marketing junk food — on TV, over the Internet, in schools and more — are negatively affecting health.
* Overcoming the environmental issues that decrease motivation and opportunity for increased physical activity and better nutrition among communities of color (limited access to parks and recreation centers that are safe and close to their homes; few well-organized and affordable sports and fitness activities; limited selection of meats, fruits and vegetables in local stores).
* The benefits of being part of a local network of providers who use hip-hop culture.

Workshop attendees will participate in hands-on, interactive sessions about strategic communications, based on more than a decade of MEE research. They will begin to create effective new messages, materials and outreach efforts, and brainstorm about follow-up strategies that will build critically needed supports for ethnic communities. Ms. Hinkle will show how tools such as CANFit’s cutting-edge P.HA.T. (Promoting Healthy Activities Together) hip-hop curriculum and video can be incorporated into a variety of programs and settings. She will also lead a fun and easy-to-follow group demonstration of some of the hip-hop dance routines in the video.

NJ Department of Education Professional Hours will be given.
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REGISTRATION FORM FOR:
Preventing Obesity in Today’s Hip-Hop Women
PLEASE FAX TO: 908.789.4237
QUESTIONS? Call us @ 908.789.0259
SEND ONE FORM PER PERSON DUPLICATE AS NEEDED

Name: ___________________________________________________
Program Address: _________________________________________
City: ______________________________________ State: ____ Zip: ______
Phone: ___________ Email: _____________________________
Agency/Program: ________________________________________
The Cost is $25 per person.
Make checks payable to NJSACC.
PO’s and credit cards are accepted as well.
Amount enclosed:
Check Number/ or Purchase Order Number #:_____________________________
OR
Credit Card #:___________________________________________
Please circle one: Visa or MasterCard Expiration Date: ______________
Name on Card: _________________________________________________
Zip Code for Credit Card Billing Address: ____________________________

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FAX REGISTRATION FORM TO: 908.789.4237
Mail payment with original registration form to:
NJSACC
231 North Avenue West #363
Westfield, NJ 07090

Last day to REGISTER, May 15th, 2008
Payment may be accepted on day of training or mailed to the address above.
Substitutions may be made at any time. No refunds will be given after May 15th.
NO WALK IN REGISTRATIONS, PLEASE!

“Funded in part by the HHS’s Office on Women’s Health”

Advertise Your Cause Media Challenge

Friday, April 11th, 2008

The By Kids For Kids youth empowerment company and DoSomething.org announce the Advertise Your Cause Media Challenge, which encourages young people to discover what cause matters most to them and then “Do Something” to propel their cause into the public eye.
The competition will reward the cleverest and powerful new Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign idea that will also have the broadest impact. Maximum Award: $10,000 and national media exposure for the winning PSA.
Eligibility: U.S. residents ages 5 to 19, not graduated from high school at the time of competition.
Deadline: June 30, 2008.
CLICK HERE