Archive for June, 2011


Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

On May 19, 2011, the New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Student Support Services sponsored the third annual Soaring Beyond Expectations: An Afterschool Showcase in support of quality afterschool and extended learning programs.  This showcase highlighted best practice methods implemented by New Jersey 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) Programs.

The opening plenary was a presentation by Neil Naftzger, senior research associate with Learning Point Associate, an affiliate of AIR, on promising practices in Out-of-School Time programs based on an evaluation of 21st CCLC programs in New Jersey.

The showcase offered nine workshops and was open statewide to any organizations interested in utilizing afterschool, before school or summer school as a strategy to improve youth’s knowledge and skills and engage them in meaningful learning opportunities.  Ninety-eight people attended the showcase.

To access information on the presentations, please click on the link below:

For information on New Jersey 21st Century Community Learning Centers, please visit:

Great News

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Prudential awards $3.4 million in grants for economic, education and youth development initiatives in Newark and across the nation

NEWARK, N.J., June 22, 2011 – At the June meeting of the Community Resources Oversight Committee, The Prudential Foundation board of trustees approved $3.4 million in grants to four Newark-based organizations focused on education and youth development, and a national organization dedicated to bridging the gap between the skills workers have and the skills employers need them to have.

“Our most recent grants support organizations working to improve the educational experiences of American children and, specifically, the children of Newark, where Prudential is headquartered,” said Sharon C. Taylor, Prudential senior vice president and head of Human Resources and chair of The Prudential Foundation. “We believe all children deserve a high-quality education as well as support and guidance to help them achieve their dreams and grow into fully-engaged, productive adults.”

To help develop education leadership in Newark, the board approved $250,000 for The Newark Education Trust (NET), an independent local education fund that mobilizes money, people and organizations to support quality public schools for Newark children. The grant will create a special purpose fund at NET to pool donations from individuals and national funders that will help finance the Newark public schools’ new and innovative school models.

To foster youth development for Newark children, the board approved a total of $2.4 million in three-year grants to three community-based youth development organizations. The grants, which are all part of the Prudential Youth Development Initiative, are:

  • $750,000 to ASPIRA, Inc. of New Jersey, which counsels, educates and develops the leadership potential of Latino/Hispanic middle- and high- school students. ASPIRA works to empower students so they feel capable of making significant contributions to society.
  • $900,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newark, one of the largest youth services organizations in the City of Newark. BGCN provides outreach activities, summer camps, after-school programs and leadership development program for youth ages 6 to 18.
  • $750,000 to Unified Vailsburg Services Organization, which provides services for approximately 400 children and youth that include preschool programs, school-based elementary and middle school initiatives, and leadership and enrichment activities for teens.

To support national economic development activities, the board approved $750,000 over three years to Jobs for the Future for the National Fund for Workforce Solutions initiative, a collaborative of national and local funders. The organization invests in regional workforce collaboratives to create and expand highly effective models of sector-based workforce partnerships that train low-skilled workers for new careers while simultaneously responding to employer needs. The three-year grant will support a comprehensive evaluation of the national initiative, provide technical assistance for local partnerships, and create a dynamic “national learning community” that helps the partnerships share best practices and solve problems together.

The Prudential Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported by The Prudential Insurance Company of America, a subsidiary of Prudential Financial, Inc. To promote sustainable communities and improve social outcomes for community residents, The Prudential Foundation focuses its grant making strategy in the areas of education, economic development and arts and civic infrastructure. The Foundation also supports community engagement efforts of Prudential employees through Matching Gifts and other programs that recognize their volunteer work. The Prudential Foundation is a unit of Prudential’s Community Resources Department, which also includes the Social Investment Program, which originates and manages socially beneficial investments; and Local Initiatives, which coordinates employee volunteerism and fosters community outreach. For more information please visit

Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), a financial services leader with approximately $859 billion of assets under management as of March 31, 2011, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential’s diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds, investment management, and real estate services. In the U.S., Prudential’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit


2 Special Training Events This Summer

Monday, June 20th, 2011

2 Special Training Events on July 6th at NJDOE  in Trenton.

You may sign up for one or both .
There is a 1 1/2 hour  break in between .
Time to step out for lunch. 

Thinking Outside The Box: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Awareness and Hands-on Activities 

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is quickly becoming an important aspect of Out-of-School Time (OST) programs. Our youth, especially those in the younger grades, do not get adequate STEM activities, even though science, and related topics are appearing on standardized tests. OST programs have the time and flexibility to include STEM into their activities. Although it may seem scary, STEM doesn’t need to be intimidating or have a significant cost and it is likely that your programs are already doing some STEM based activities without even realizing it.
This hands-on forum will provide easy and cost effective activities, as well as practical strategies for how Out-of-School Time programs can create an informal environment to provide youth with time for exploration and discovery of STEM skills while creating an interest in the STEM fields.

Mike MacEwan, Director for 21st CCLC and STEM Initiatives, NJSACC

Date: Wednesday, July 6th

Location: NJ Department of Education,100 Riverview Plaza, Trenton, NJ 08302

Room: First Floor Conference Room

Building Security requires check in with official ID.

Time: 10am to 12pm

Cost: $10

NJSACC Registration,
Deadline for Registration: July 1, 2011

Max capacity: 30

Presented in partnership with NJSACC : The Network for NJ’s Afterschool Communities and In partnership with the NJ Department of Education.
Funding provided by the 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 awarded to the New Jersey Department of Education.

Please Register


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Thinking Outside The Box: Career Awareness and Exploration

Career awareness and exploration is a key component to helping youth develop who they are and who they want to become.
The Out-of-School Time (OST) setting provides a unique opportunity to give students access to career awareness and exploration,
by having the time to allow youth to develop and expand their interests, as well as offering a forum for professionals to engage the students as speakers or mentors.

This forum will provide practical strategies for assisting youth in identifying career interests, values and skills; gaining an awareness of the world of work; identifying career goals; researching and exploring career pathways that support career interests; and participating and applying learning experiences that reflect career interests (i.e., job shadowing, volunteering, service learning, etc.).

Ebony Grace, Program Officer, 21st Century Community Learning Centers,
NJ Department of Education

Date: Wednesday, July 6th

Location: NJ Department of Education,100 Riverview Plaza, Trenton, NJ 08302

Room: First Floor Conference Room

Building Security requires check in with official ID.

Time: 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Cost: $10
Max capacity: 30

Presented in partnership with NJSACC : The Network for NJ’s Afterschool Communities and In partnership with the NJ Department of Education.
Funding provided by the 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 awarded to the New Jersey Department of Education.

NJSACC Registration,
Deadline for Registration: July 1, 2011

To Register:



Paterson Family Success Center Celebrates Grand Reopening

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Good news for Paterson!

Paterson Family Success Center Celebrates Grand Reopening

Center is Part of New Jersey’s Extensive Network of Family Support Services

PATERSON – Lisa von Pier, Director of the Division of Prevention and Community Partnerships (DPCP) within the Department of Children and Families (DCF), joined in the celebration of the formal grand-reopening of the Paterson Family Success Center Thursday.

The Paterson Family Success Center, now located at 79 Ellison Street, in Paterson, serves more than 500 families in the community. The center was previously located at the YWCA building in Paterson, before moving to its current location.

The Paterson Family Success Center is one of 37 Family Success Centers throughout New Jersey funded in part by DPCP. The network of Family Success Centers in New Jersey includes both publicly and privately supported centers.

“Through Family Success Centers and other prevention initiatives, we are making great strides in the way we strengthen our families in Paterson, and in communities throughout New Jersey,” von Pier said. “Family Success Centers are examples of the good happening in our neighborhoods. These are open places where families can access the services they need before they find themselves in crisis.”

The programs aim to prevent child abuse and neglect by providing families with convenient access to a wide array of resources that can help them keep children safe. The centers are designed to strengthen families and empower individuals to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to raise healthy and happy children. A key element of each Family Success Center is its Parent Advisory Boards. The Family Success Centers are a vehicle for parents to not just access services, but to serve as stewards of their respective communities by helping to develop services and programs that work for them.

“The Paterson Family Success Center is a place where parents, families and young adults can come when they don’t have anywhere else to turn,” said Carolyn McCombs, Executive Director of the Paterson Family Success Center. “The center is rich in resources and connections, and has relationships with more than 35 local community based and governmental agencies where families can be referred in their time of need.”

Among other services, the Paterson Family Success Center offers employment readiness services and has partnered with local organizations to serve families through back to school backpack giveaways, recognition ceremonies for model parents of the year, Thanksgiving basket drives for grandparents raising grandchildren, coat drives, and community baby showers.

To locate a Family Success Center in a local community, please check the DPCP Community Program Directory at

The Department of Children and Families (DCF), New Jersey’s state child welfare agency, was created in July 2006 as the state’s first Cabinet agency devoted exclusively to serving and safeguarding the most vulnerable children and families in New Jersey. DCF includes the Division of Youth and Family Services, Division of Prevention and Community Partnerships and Division of Child Behavioral Health Services, and is focused on strengthening families and achieving safety, well-being and permanency for New Jersey’s children.

You need 6 weeks!

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Everyone has a part to play in improving nutrition, physical activity and health of our families and communities. Kids and families across the country are invited to join First Lady Michelle Obama in participating in the President’s Challenge.

“To show everyone just how much fun it can be, I will be working to earn my Active Lifestyle Award.  I’m going to do it. And I want kids across the country to join me.” – First Lady Michelle Obama

What a great idea for you, your staff and kids in your summer program. Register today as a Team and let NJSACC  know how you did!

Physical activity is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. Adding more activity to your daily life can be easy and fun – and now you can earn an award for being active. To earn your Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA), all you need to do is document your active exercise each day (60 minutes/day for children and 30 minutes/day for adults), 5 days a week, for six weeks.

Join the President’s Active Lifestyle Program, here’s how:

1. Make the commitment  (this can be a family or team effort)
2. Sign up online, print the activity log PDF or start a group
3. Log your activity
4. Earn your award

With over 100 activities to choose from, there’s something for everyone! Record your activities and track your progress for 60 minutes a day/ 5 days a week for youths under the age of 18 or 60 minutes a day for adults. You can even compare your progress with others who are taking the President’s Challenge.

The President’s Challenge not only helps you stay active – it also gives you a little extra motivation while you’re at it. That’s because you can earn special Presidential awards recognizing your accomplishments.

Visit to learn more