Archive for June, 2008

Free Field Trip @ Pequest Trout Hatchery

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Free Field Trip

Weekday dates for group programming ( ) at the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center are still available for July and August. Groups with a minimum of 15 participants in grades 2 and up may schedule group programs.

The basic program consists of a video about the hatchery followed by a guided tour. This program runs for two hours and can accommodate a maximum of 100 people.

Fishing education classes are offered from April through October to groups with between 10 and 25 people. Classes cover safety, ethics, technique and equipment followed by an actual fishing experience on Pequest’s trout stocked education pond. All equipment is provided, however, you must supply the bait.

Groups may also combine the two programs for a four hour education experience at the hatchery. The day will start off with the video and tour of the facility. After a break for lunch, the group and staff reconvene for the fishing education portion of the program.

There are picnic facilities on the grounds, but no vending machines or indoor/sheltered eating facilities. Students will be outdoors for part of the program and should dress accordingly. Programs are conducted rain or shine and there are no rain dates.

There are no fees charged for the programs.

For further information or to schedule a program please call 908-637-4125.

Training Staff to work with Immigrant Youth

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Very good training resource for your staff.

From :

National Collaboration for Youth

Training Staff to work with Immigrant Youth

This training module is a companion piece to the Preparing Staff to Work with Immigrant Youth publication and contains activities that will support staff on several levels. The first training activity, “Overview: Preparing Staff to Work with Immigrant Youth” is a PowerPoint presentation that summarizes the content of the report. This presentation is an effective tool to use with your leaders, champions and board members to encourage an understanding of the importance of serving immigrant youth and the organizational implications. All of the activities in the module address the knowledge skills and attitudes that frontline staff need to work effectively with immigrant youth.

Training Manual – CLICK HERE

Stories from Afterschool Programs

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

The Map to Inclusive Child Care Team is preparing a resource guide for afterschool programs serving children with disabilities. We are looking for some short stories of successful inclusive practices to include in the guide. Specifically, we are looking for four different types of stories:

1. school district run programs
2. non-profits or for-profits that operate in school buildings
3. programs run off of school grounds
4. for-profit or non-profit programs that have accommodated students from out of district placements

If you have a success story that you would like to share please contact Jane Sharp at 609-292-8444 or


Monday, June 16th, 2008

Development Associate

New Jersey After 3, Inc.

New Jersey After 3, Inc. (NJA3) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to expanding and improving afterschool programs for New Jersey kids. The Development Associate is a full-time position responsible for identifying and researching potential funding sources; preparing strong written proposals; and developing effective strategies and vehicles for resource cultivation, outreach and communication – with a focus on private sector investments. Demonstrated effectiveness in identifying, cultivating, forging and stewarding relationships with foundations, corporations and individual investors is essential, as is a strong sense of team and a commitment to the organization’s mission to support New Jersey’s children, families, and communities. Experience with public sector grants (municipal, county, state, and federal) is a plus.

The selected candidate will serve as an integral member of the Development, Marketing and Public Relations Team of New Jersey After 3, supported by and reporting to the Director of Institutional Development and Policy Initiatives. This position is located in downtown New Brunswick, NJ.

Specific responsibilities include:

* Research potential revenue sources, analyze/prioritize potential funders and facilitate initial outreach and follow-up;
* Prepare strong introductory correspondence and prepare proposals and reports;
* Work collaboratively with program staff and organizational leadership to identify needs and develop development strategies to meet prioritized needs;
* Provide information, training and technical assistance to NJA3 staff and others on issues related to grant-writing and fundraising;
* Assist the Director of Institutional Development & Policy Initiatives in efforts related to strategy development, cultivation, and relationship management as it relates to fundraising and public policy.

NJ After 3 is looking for a personable, energetic team player with strong writing skills and experience in the relationship building and persistence required to be an effective fundraiser. The ideal candidate will excel in relationship development; will be highly organized, motivated, team-oriented, and demonstrate exceptional oral and written communication abilities; and prioritize and tackle multiple tasks. Experience with Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, and PowerPoint is strongly preferred. Bachelor’s degree required; as well as a minimum of three to five years of grant-writing experience. Some local travel and the ability to work beyond traditional business hours will be required on occasion. A highly competitive salary and an impressive benefits package will be provided.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter to NJ After 3, Inc., 391 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, Attn: Development Associate Vacancy; or to

No phone calls please.

Your Comment Needed

Monday, June 16th, 2008

USDA Request for Public Comments

The comment period will end October 15, 2008. FRAC will provide model comments and various other materials during the period leading up to October 15th, with enough lead time to make follow-up easy.

USDA Listening Sessions and Written Comments:
Upcoming Opportunities to Offer Recommendations for Improving the Child Nutrition and WIC Programs

USDA has begun to take two steps to obtain public recommendations for the 2009 Child Nutrition Reauthorization. (1) It is going to be holding regional listening sessions. (2) It will be requesting written public comments.

These will be important opportunities for anti-hunger, healthy eating, children’s health and education advocates, service providers, program administrators and others to provide recommendations on improving access, meal quality and nutrition in the programs that are due for reauthorization: school breakfast and lunch, summer feeding, afterschool and child and adult care food programs, and WIC.

USDA will compile the results of the sessions and comments into a report for the coming Presidential Administration to use in the 2009 reauthorization of the Child Nutrition and WIC Programs.