Archive for August, 2008

How To Job Post on Afterschool FLASH

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

A simple email will do!

Just hit REPLY to any Afterschool FLASH.

Have subject be Job Posting .

Paste job information in email/or if your agency has posted the position give brief description of position and provide link.

I am unable to post a PDF.

The position will be posted for one month on Afterschool FLASH page of NJSACC web site or go to:

Afterschool FLASH

A Guide to Assessing What Kids Think About Themselves

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

From Child Trends:

A Guide to Assessing What Kids Think About Themselves

Children in the United States tend to experience a decline in positive self-concept during their adolescent years.
A new Child Trends brief,
Assessing What Kids Think About Themselves: A Guide to Adolescent Self-Concept for Out-Of-School Time Program Practitioners, provides information on how to assess self-concept among out-of-school program participants. It also suggests specific strategies that program providers can employ to improve an adolescent’s self-concept.
The brief includes tools for measuring adolescent self-concept and a list of additional resources.



Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Register early-do not be closed out this year!

To dowload program :

Where Do The Children Play?

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Concerned about youth today?
Worried about the lack of creativity, rise in obesity, and nature deficit disorder in youth ?

NJ ‘s Afterschool Network (NJSACC) encourages you to secure and view this documentary.
It will be show at our Annual State Conference .
We have it also in the office to lend out to programs.

Our state is launching a statewide campaign in the Fall ,

The film may be used as a jumping off point to move youth programs to get kids outside!

Where Do the Children Play?
Is a one-hour documentary for public television that examines how restrictive patterns of sprawl, congestion, and endless suburban development across America are impacting children’s mental and physical health and development.

Using the adage that children represent 20 percent of the world’s population but 100 percent of its future, the film opens by examining differences between growing up today, with all its inherent obstacles and temptations, and childhood as it was lived 50 years ago.

To understand today’s children more acutely, the film team first visited Beaver Island where there are no McDonald’s, Burger Kings, Targets or Walmarts. There, children congregate by bike in the downtown area to play. All 85 students in grades one to twelve attend the only school on the island. Most use the computer as a tool for homework, but not for communication. And while they miss a lot of what their counterparts have on the mainland, Beaver Island children are keenly aware of nature and its importance to their lives and their well-being.

Second, the film looked at suburbs today, which have the greatest problems. Explosive growth patterns, massive highways, distant malls, create an isolated environment lacking in sidewalks or places to ride bikes, walk or play. Children tend to be driven indoors to computers and television for recreation, and then driven to a mall or a friend’s house by parents. Suburban kids, those ironically with the most opportunity in some areas, suffer the greatest health and psychological problems.

Third, the film team visited the city, which produced the greatest surprises as a place for children: for those not raised in crushing poverty, it still works. And surprisingly well. Despite obstacles and the media stereotypes, old neighborhoods function better than many suburbs, with parks and schools and a sense of community in which parents of different backgrounds often watch out for the safety of children, as they did generations ago when these places were built.

Finally, the film examines the impact of the media and stranger-danger television stories. But it also looks at the role of parents themselves, specifically to the over-programmed child of professionals who run their child’s life as if it were a business.

For a clip and more info on the film go to:

Diane M. Genco
Executive Director

The Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities

Teen Resources

Monday, August 18th, 2008 now offers a new page called Teen Resources, which contains information on:

· Driving

· Education

· Environmental Consciousness

· Health and Safety

· Internet and Mobile

· Jobs and Volunteering

· Money

· Travel and Recreation

Enjoy browsing this new resource!