Archive for December, 2011


Tuesday, December 20th, 2011


This guide is designed to help out-of-school time program directors–with little or no evaluation experience–develop an evaluation strategy, which can help you identify ways to improve your program and serve your funders’ reporting requirements. The tool can also help your staff recognize evaluation as a beneficial process, rather than as an added burden imposed by funders.

“Afterschool Evaluation 101” will help you:

* Determine the overall purpose of your evaluation.
* Create a logic model–a visual representation of your program strategy that will guide your evaluation.
* Identify the resources you have available to conduct an evaluation.
* Focus on your program’s needs, resources, and developmental stage.
* Select the evaluation design and data collection methods that are best suited to your program.
* Make use of the data you have collected, including writing an analysis and taking advantage of the data that you have analyzed.


Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative

A team from NJSACC and NJ Department of Education just returned from the National Girls Collaborative Project’s Collaboration Institute in Tucson, Arizona. A select group of 40 people from around the country attended the four day training. The Collaboration Institute was NJ’s  formal introduction to the Girls Collaborative Model and was extremely informative about all of the tremendous opportunities that will be coming to
New Jersey as a result of NJSACC: The Network for NJ’s Afterschool, Communities , participation in this project.

The Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative is the New Jersey initiative for this nationwide project.
Our goal is to increase the quantity and quality of STEM opportunities for girls in the state.

We will be connecting:

*formal and informal educators

* business

* industry

* higher education

all to  engage girls in STEM high quality STEM activities and raise awareness of STEM careers.

We’re just beginning our work with the Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative, so please be on the lookout for information about  our new website, mini grants, professional development and upcoming events including our Collaborative Kickoff event, taking place this Spring.
In the meantime, please consider registering your program in the National Girls Collaborative Program Directory.

It is a great place to tell people about your program and for finding resources that can help you serve your students. So click below to learn about :

 National Girls Collaborative Program Directory

For more information about the Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative, please contact Mike MacEwan at  @


Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Please help share the following opportunity …





Bank of America is looking for tomorrow’s community leaders today. We are asking for your help to identify outstanding young people who are passionate about making a difference in our community.


Since its inception in 2004, the Bank of America Student Leaders Program has recognized more than 1,600 exemplary high school juniors and seniors with a passion for improving their communities. The program helps students gain a greater understanding of how nonprofits create impact in the community and helps develop them as the next generation of community leaders through two components:


  • · A summer 2012 eight-week paid internship with selected nonprofit organizations designed to provide opportunities for the students to develop and apply leadership skills through hands-on work experience, while raising their awareness of community issues addressed by their Host Organization.


  • · A week-long all-expense paid Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., July 15-20. Conducted in partnership with the Close Up Foundation, the Summit introduces students to aspects of civic, social and business leadership and provides them with knowledge and skills they will use throughout their life to create positive community change.


Students can apply for the program by going, or for more information on the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, please visit the website at



Please help share the opportunity …





Meet the Afterschool Ambassador: Ellen Tyndell

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Ellen Tyndell

Brick Township Board of Education – BEST Program


“I love working with our families. Most of our parents need our programs in order to work so they can provide for their families. I love being able to provide a safe and quality program for our children that they love and in turn their parents love as well because they feel at ease leaving their children with us knowing that they are safe and well cared for.”

Meet Ellen, the NJSACC Afterschool Ambassador for Ocean County:

Ellen graduated from the University of Connecticut with her BS in Human Development and Family Studies and is now the BEST Program Coordinator for Brick Township Public Schools. The BEST Program, short for Brick Extended School Time, is the district’s before and after school care program that offers a safe and engaging environment for the children of Brick during out-of-school time. She has also worked for the local YMCA for their summer camps and then as Program Director of School Age Child Care. Ellen loves working with her staff to make sure all of our kids always start and end their day the BEST way!

Ellen will be coordinating a training opportunity open to any afterschool provider in Ocean County.  Please contact her at if interested in more information or sharing resources about Afterschool in the Camden County Community.

Interested in becoming an Afterschool Ambassador? CLICK HERE

Crayola Resource: Champion Creatively Alive Children

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Download these free professional development resources! Our Champion Creatively Alive Children series will help you implement arts-infused education in your school. Like you, we know that arts-infused education helps children acquire critical 21st century skills: creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication.

The complete program includes 5 videos and guides, along with a supplemental introductory leadership guide, and additional resources to help you facilitate workshops and arts-infused education advocacy meetings–everything you need from PowerPoint presentations to flyers, handouts and evaluation forms. These resources will help transform your school culture, and infuse arts across your curriculum.

Click Here for More information.