Archive for April, 2012

MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Award

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Dear Afterschool Supporter,

The Afterschool Alliance and MetLife Foundation need your help identifying exemplary afterschool programs serving middle school youth to win a $10,000 MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Award and to be featured in our 2012 series of  issue briefs.

Nominate a program by May 15, 2012, to be considered for this prestigious initiative, now in its fifth year. Nominees are sought in four categories:

  • Afterschool and Digital Learning – Programs that have demonstrated success with leveraging digital technology to facilitate engaging learning experiences, enhance technical skills and strengthen critical thinking across core subject areas.
  • Afterschool and the Arts – Programs that have demonstrated success using the arts as means to strengthen self-confidence and self-expression, to build community, and to improve academic and skills development.
  • Afterschool and Parent Involvement/Engagement – Programs that have demonstrated success in creatively engaging parents to help them become more involved in students’ learning both in and outside of school.
  • Afterschool and School Improvement – Programs that have successfully utilized School Improvement Grant funding to help promote positive change and improved academic outcomes in partnering schools.

The MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Awards aim to identify potentially lesser-known, yet highly effective programs and the individuals running them. Nominees will be judged by the innovative nature of their approach and demonstrated effectiveness. Each of the five award winners will receive $10,000 for their program.

Programs that are selected as winners will be notified this summer, and are expected to keep their selection confidential until awards are officially presented in conjunction with Lights On Afterschool in October.

Winners will receive additional support (up to $1,500, plus media outreach assistance) to hold a Lights On Afterschool event to announce the award, and will be expected to provide information and quotes for award materials and news releases. Additionally, awardees and other notable nominees will be recognized in nationally-released issue briefs and our  Afterschool in Action Compendium.   

 The online nomination form can be found here and additional details, including information about past year’s winners are available online at

Nominate your program or a program that you think deserves this prestigious distinction today!

If you have any questions about the nomination process, please contact Research Associate Chris D’Agostino  or call (202) 347-2030.

The Afterschool Alliance

Growing STEM For Girls in the Garden State Full To Capacity! Registration is closed

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Growing Stem for Girls in The Garden State   


Kickoff Event is Full To Capacity!

Registration is Closed

April 18th, 2012

The vision of the National Girls Collaborative Project is to bring together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The National Girls Collaborative Project maximizes access to shared resources and disseminates research-based promising practices that advance the work of existing and evolving girl-serving projects. The goals are to:

  • Strengthen the capacity of girl-serving STEM programs to effectively reach and serve underrepresented girls in STEM by sharing promising practice research and program models, outcomes, and products.
  • Increase the effectiveness of Collaboratives by providing professional development focused on sustainability, organizational effectiveness, and shared leadership to more effectively deliver services to girl-serving STEM organizations.
  • Maximize K-12 school counselors’ access to and use of relevant, high-quality resources that increase awareness of barriers to girls’ interest and engagement in STEM.

NJSACC: The Network for NJ’s Afterschool Communities is proud to be the convening agency for the Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative.

We will bring together organizations and individuals that are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to encourage collaboration and improve inter-program communication.

Our goal is to strengthen capacity, increase continuation of girl-serving STEM programs and create a wider audience for gender-related STEM issues.

This project, funded by the National Science Foundation and administered by the Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative, offers the chance for schools, informal educators, programs that offer expanded learning opportunities, business and industry that are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue classes and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) to come together to share best practices, develop new collaborations, and share resources.

The successful career transition of students and the economic future of
New Jersey are tied to increased participation of all students in careers that rely on STEM skills and competencies.
Mini-grants may be available to organizations that collaborate in the development and delivery of programming that share this vision.

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The Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative will be holding our

“Kickoff Event” on Wednesday, April 18th from 10-3pm in

Monroe Township, NJ. Look for  future events -posted on
Afterschool FLASH

For PRESS  questions  and additional information, please contact the Collaborative Lead,

Mike MacEwan at or 856-701-3960. njpsa      national science foundation logo      NJSACC logo

Soaring Beyond Expectations: A Statewide Afterschool Showcase

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

NJDOE 21st CCLC & NJSACC  present :

Soaring Beyond Expectations: A Statewide Afterschool  Showcase 

Date:  May 22, 2012

Time: 8:00 AM –  8:30 Registration
8 :30 AM –  2:30 PM
Location: Robert Wood Johnson
Center for Health & Wellness
Mercerville, NJ
Cost:  $30,includes  continental breakfast, lunch and materials

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The Statewide Afterschool Showcase was created to highlight best practice methods utilized by New Jersey 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) Programs.

Workshops will cover a variety of areas that relate to program quality such as:

  •  summer learning
  •  engaging best practices and program activities in career awareness and     exploration
  •  Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM)
  •  positive youth development, health and nutrition and family involvement.

Other highlights include a panel discussion of best practice and an exhibit hall showcasing the best in New Jersey’s 21st CCLC programs!

Keynote Speaker:

Sarah Pitcock, Senior Director of Program Quality
from the

National Summer Learning Association


Sarah led the Association’s development of the Comprehensive Assessment of Summer Programs and leads their work in supporting providers as they improve their summer programs in alignment with research-based practices.

 Summer Learning

Soaring Beyond Expectations : The Afterschool Showcase
Is open statewide to :

  • all school districts
  • faith based agencies
  • community based agencies
  • and others interested in utilizing afterschool, before school or summer school as a strategy to improve youth’s knowledge and skills and engage them in meaningful  expanded learning opportunities.


Who should attend:  

  • school personnel
  • afterschool directors
  • teachers
  • legislatures
  • school board members
  • youth workers
  • and others interested in starting or enhancing an existing afterschool, before school or summer program.

Click Here To Register

  For more information, please contact Mike MacEwan,
Director of 21st CCLC and STEM Initiatives at  NJSACC:

   This project was funded in part 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.

Games, Games, Games with Dennis Groomes

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Two hours that are about playing games. Learn games where no one is eliminated, learn games that can be played with limited materials, all active, engaging and fun, encouraging teamwork and relationship building in your programs. These games are also great for staff team building. Come dressed to play!

When: Wednesday May 30, 2012

Time: 10 AM to 12 PM

Where: St. Joseph Pro Cathedral School
1907 Federal Street
Camden NJ 08105

Fee: $15 per person (light refreshments served)

To Register: CLICK HERE


This training is hosted by Elena Piperno, NJSACC Afterschool Ambassador, Camden County.

For Registration Details, invoice, information or other questions, please contact Jessica Heiberg at 908-789-0259

Let’s Get Real: Bullying Prevention Workshop

Monday, April 9th, 2012

This workshop, featuring the documentary Let’s Get Real, will give you information and insight into how to open up a dialogue with young people on name-calling and bullying. The film features middle-schoolers talking honestly about the bullying that goes on in their schools and draws a connection between bullying and other forms of prejudice. The workshop will also cover information regarding the NJ Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights and your programs responsibility to it.

When: May 30, 2012
Where: St. Anthony of Padua Church
436 Port Reading Avenue
Port Reading, NJ 07064

Time: 7 PM-8:30 PM

Cost: $15


To Register, CLICK HERE

For Registration Details, invoice, information or other questions, please contact Jessica Heiberg at 908-789-0259

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