Archive for November, 2009

Webinar on Good Intentions: The Beliefs and Values of Teens and Tweens Today Research Findings

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

“Sluts List” Circulates Around NJ High School, Today, Sept. 25, 2009

15-Year-Old Boy Set On Fire By His Classmates, CBS Early Show, Oct. 15, 2009

20 People Stand And Watch As 15-Year-Old Girl Gang Raped, CNN Oct 27, 2009

Recent media stories suggest a troubling trend with American youth – bullying, violence, aggression, flagrant disregard for other people.  But do these media stories paint the whole picture?  Are today’s youth spiraling out of control?  Are they worse than the generations that came before them?  The research might surprise you.

Join the Girl Scouts Research Institute and the National Collaboration for Youth for a webinar that will explore these pressing questions with research findings from Good Intentions: The Beliefs and Values of Teens and Tweens Today (2009), a national study conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) in partnership with Harris Interactive that will be released on December 2nd.

The study explores what youth today value and how they go about making decisions, based on research conducted with 3,263 3rd- to 12th-graders from around the country. This work builds on a study published in 1989 by GSUSA and paints an encouraging picture about a generation of youth responsible to themselves and to others, and who value diversity, acceptance, and community involvement. It also highlights the important role that adults play in helping girls actualize their good intentions.   This webinar would be of interest to anyone who works with kids – teachers, administrators, volunteers, policymakers, non-profit organizations, and others.  Please feel free to pass this invitation on to other organizations that may be interested.

Webinar on Good Intentions:

The Beliefs and Values of Teens and Tweens Today Research Findings

Date:    Thursday, December 9, 3:00 p.m. EST

RSVP to Natalie Thompson at


Wednesday, December 8th to participate.

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is the preeminent organization for and leading authority on girls with 3.8 million girl and adult members. Now in its 97th year, Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

The National Collaboration for Youth (NCY) is a coalition of national organizations committed to advocating with and on behalf of youth and, in particular, in research-driven “positive youth development”.

Girl Scout

Afterschool Ambassadors: Cohort 2 Apply Today !

Friday, November 20th, 2009

NJSACC: The Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities is announcing its’  initiative to connect Afterschool professionals throughout New Jersey.

is inviting you to become a part of the Afterschool Ambassadors Program, Cohort 2.

The NJSACC Afterschool Ambassadors is a select group of leaders in New Jersey’s Afterschool communities who Volunteer
to serve as a  voice  to support Afterschool .

Afterschool Ambassadors assist NJSACC to connect afterschool professionals, via a Countywide Network.
Afterschool Ambassadors are located in each of New Jerseys 21 Counties and will further NJSACC’s mission to :

  • develop public awareness of Afterschool issues
  • build a strong network for Afterschool program professionals in NJ
  • to establish professional development opportunities in every New Jersey County

NJSACC  Afterschool Ambassadors
are located in each of New Jerseys 21 Counties.
Being a NJSACC Afterschool Ambassador is a Two (2) year commitment from January 2010-October 2011.

Orientation: January 22, 2010
Meeting 2: February 2010
Meeting 3: May 2010

To apply, complete the following steps: 1) complete the application; 2) submit the application and two (2) emails of reference* sent directly to

Application Deadline: December 4, 2009
Position Notification via email on December 18, 2009

Be a part of this exciting professional opportunity in New Jersey.

For questions, please contact Sarah Cruz at

NJSACC Ambassadors: Cohort 1

Ambassadors Round 1


The Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities

Notice of Availability of Funds for truancy prevention programs.

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Below is a link to our website which contains a Notice of Availability of Funds for truancy prevention programs.

This NOAF is designed to encourage proposals focused on community-schools collaborations that are intended to squarely address the issue of truancy and its root causes.
Thank you in advance for disseminating and sharing with your networks and other entities that might be interested in this opportunity.

The NOAF can be accessed by visiting this link:

Thank you,

Creighton Drury

Marisa SlatenDeputy Attorney General
Special Assistant to the Attorney General

Tel: (609) 984-9498
Fax: (609) 292-3508

Assessing the Economic Impact of Child Care During Recessionary Times

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Free Webinar on Assessing the Economic Impact of Child Care During Recessionary Times

The President and Congress have recognized child care as an important part of economic recovery by targeting stimulus funds for the Child Care and Development Fund, Head Start, and Early Head Start. This is good news: child care is now clearly recognized as social infrastructure for economic development. The bad news is that even with stimulus funds, the supply of licensed center-based child care may shrink and jobs in the sector may actually fall because of the recession, restricting families’ ability to find child care and employment once the economy is growing again.

This webinar, featuring Mildred Warner, Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University, will discuss:

*       The impact of the recession on the child care market
*       The Cornell Methodology and other tools for calculating the impacts of stimulus funds at the state and national levels
*       How to utilize an economic development rationale to inspire greater investments in early childhood systems

The discussion will be moderated by Billie Young, State Technical Assistance Specialist, National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center.

Please send any questions you have on this topic to Elisabeth Crum at

We will incorporate your questions into the presentation.

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:


Title:  Assessing the Economic Impact of Child Care During Recessionary Times
Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EST

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4 (Tiger®) or newer

Resources are available at the Cornell Linking Economic Development and Child Care Website

Webinar Sponsors: the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Peppercorn Foundation

Afterschool Science training

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

21St Century Afterschool Science Project (21st CASP)

The 21st Century Afterschool Science Project is a 21 lesson curriculum designed to enrich student learning through inquiry-based, interactive science experiences using every day materials.  Developed in partnership with Liberty Science Center, this fun and engaging “water” curriculum is easy to implement and reinforces the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in science, literacy, and math. This project was pilot tested and evaluated over a 2 year period.  The evaluation demonstrated successes on many fronts including:

*    Creating a replicable model designed for afterschool, OST and extended-day programs to implement science programming;

*     Increasing OST staff capacity to facilitate science learning in the afterschool setting;

*    Increased student engagement, skill and knowledge related to science;

*     Developing and piloting curricular materials tailored for the OST setting, which imbed math and language arts components, and which are grounded in the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and inquiry-based learning; and

*    Involving families in hands-on science, math and language arts activities in support of their children’s learning.

This training is relevant for all afterschool providers and is especially geared for those without science background, as is the entire model.
This training will provide afterschool staff with a free science curriculum funded by the New Jersey Department of Education.

“This project was funded in its entirety with federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by No Child Left Behind, Title IV, Part B, 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant funds through a grant agreement with the New Jersey Department of Education.”

21st centuryAll participants will receive a CD copy of the curriculum.

Participants will receive 2.5 hours of professional development hours.

When:  Friday December 4th, 2009
10am to 12:30pm

Cost: $10.00 includes curriculum

Where:  NJSACC Office
@ First Baptisit Church of  Westfield
170 Elm Street
Westfield, NJ 07090

LAST DAY TO REGISTER IS November 30th, 2009.