Archive for December, 2012

SAVE THE DATE: May 23, 2013

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

New Jersey’s 21st Century Community Learning Center Programs


Soaring Beyond Expectations: A Statewide Afterschool Showcase


May 23, 2013
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm


Location: New Jersey Principals & Supervisors Association, 12 Centre Drive, Monroe Township, NJ

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 enhancing the quality of afterschool, summer and before school programs through the implementation of best practices. Topics include: aligning with the school day, maximizing student engagement and attendance, developing the capacity of staff, establishing partnerships and engaging program activities in Career awareness and exploration, Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM), Civic engagement and Visual/Performing Arts.
There will also be a special guest speaker and panel discussion!
This 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 learning opportunities.

Who should attend:
School personnel, afterschool directors, teachers, youth workers, and others interested in starting or enhancing an existing afterschool, before school or summer program.


Registration information is forthcoming!

Cost: $30 [includes breakfast and lunch]

For more information, please contact Mike MacEwan, Director of 21st CCLC and STEM Initiatives at the NJSACC: The Statewide Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities  at

Funded in part with federal funds from Title IV, Part B, 21st Century Community Learning Centers program of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 awarded to the
New Jersey Department of Education.


Tuesday, December 18th, 2012
 NJSACC: The New Jersey Statewide  Afterschool Network was invited to  promote this great opportunity for New Jersey’s Teens, take a look.
Teens listen to other teens.So when it comes to influencing young people to adopt safer driving habits, there is no more effective voice than teens talking to their peers.That is why The Allstate Foundation and the
USA TODAY Charitable Foundation created Drive2Thrive.
Drive2Thrive is a free, project-based learning experience designed to guide New Jersey high school students in building and implementing a marketing plan that will influence their peers to adopt safer driving habits.
The Drive2Thrive program is aligned with Common Core State Standards, enhances students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills, enriches their literacy skills, encourages them to connect with their school communities and empowers them to take ownership of their learning.
The Drive2Thrive project includes:

Get involved in NJ’s Afterschool Communities! Be an NJSACC Afterschool Ambassador

Monday, December 10th, 2012
NJSACC Afterschool Ambassadors (From L to R) EllenTyndell (Ocean County), Sharon Towler (Union County), Elena Piperno (Camden County), Maria River-Butler (Burlington County), Thea Pace (Monmouth County)

“I enjoyed meeting other providers in my area.”

“I became more knowledgeable of afterschool policies, goals and objectives.”

“Great networking”

Applications Open for NJSACC Afterschool Ambassadors

The NJSACC Afterschool Ambassadors is a select group of leaders in New Jersey’s Afterschool communities who Volunteer to serve as representatives of NJSACC. 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, and to establish professional development opportunities in every New Jersey County.

Afterschool Ambassadors are located in each of New Jerseys 21 Counties. Being a NJSACC Afterschool Ambassador is a 2 year commitment.

A successful NJSACC Afterschool Ambassador should be:
* Familiar with afterschool programs in the local community
* Committed to Networking
* Committed to Advocacy for Afterschool programs
* Involved and informed in current trends in out of school time
* Very Computer and Web knowledgeable and functional

NJSACC Afterschool Ambassadors responsibilities include:
* Attendance in Ambassadors training and participation in Webinars, phone conference and web forums
* Fostering a County wide group of Afterschool Professionals and Advocates
* Helping NJSACC identify all Afterschool programs in the County & documenting information collected
* Holding trainings in local community with Administration done by NJSACC
* Meeting with local and county officials to build support for afterschool
* Help organize special events such as Celebrate Afterschool Week and Lights On Afterschool

NJSACC Afterschool Ambassadors will receive the following for their volunteer service and commitment: 
* Free Full Membership to NJSACC and Full Membership to the NAA (National Afterschool Association)
* Partnership listing on
* Attend Ambassador organized trainings for free
* First Hand information on current trends in Afterschool
* Resume builder for state and national leadership in the field of Afterschool

To be considered for the NJSACC Afterschool Ambassadors Program, you must meet the following requirements: 
* Completed Application
* A minimum of 3 years of Professional Experience in the Afterschool Field
* 2 emails of reference*

Once applications have been reviewed and interviews are completed, NJSACC Afterschool Ambassador positions will be offered to qualified candidates. All applicants will receive an emailed notice of the decisions.

If you are offered a NJSACC Afterschool Ambassador position and accept, you must be available for all mandatory events as planned.

Orientation will be required and be scheduled according to Ambassadors availabilty.

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

*In efforts to eliminate paper waste, this application process has been made electronic. Please make the best effort to make all communications via email.

JERSEY STRONG Strong Afterschool!

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

This is a wonderful Thanksgiving message

New Jersey is coming back, JERSEY STRONG after Hurricane Sandy.
Afterschool programs are critical for NJ children and youth during these hard times. They provide a safe place while families rebuild.

NJSACC: The Statewide Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities, reached out to our national networks for a sign of hope and support for our afterschool programs.

The response was overwhelming – 350+ photos from across the US.
Watch this and be Thankful!

Diane Genco
Diane M. Genco
Executive Director


The Statewide Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities

Afterschool CARES! Cycle 4, Apply now to participate.

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Afterschool CARES

APPLY NOW TO PARTICIPATE: Application due January 25, 2013

Click to Fill out the application for Afterschool CARES!

Service Learning is a great way to add quality programming to your afterschool programs. Service Learning promotes teamwork, character development and leadership skills as well as motivates students to be active in their communities and school.


NJSACC’s Afterschool CARES is a Service Learning professional development project for afterschool staff.

The goal of the project is to train and support afterschool program staff to provide children with resources to engage in Service Learning in their communities. During the Project period (February 2012-May 2013) participants will receive training on Service Learning and get regular support to complete Service Learning activities with resources, program visits, phone and email assistance.

By participating, your program will receive:
• The benefit of community awareness of the vital work your center does in providing care and youth development,
• Up to 4 hours of free Professional Development for program staff (includes 1 hour webinar orientation and a choice of up to 3 hours of PD workshops throughout NJ, (10 people max. per program)
• A certificate of participation in Afterschool CARES from NJSACC for your program,
• Continuous and regular support to ensure completion of the project.

Participation Eligibility:
*Program must have a minimum of 2 staff members that can lead Afterschool CARES activities.
*Program must be a licensed child care provider, licensed by the State of NJ office of Licensing.
*Program must serve at least 10% of children that participate in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).
*Program must commit to an online orientation session taking place on February 6, 2013.
*Program must commit to ongoing Professional Development and Technical Assistance.
*Program must commit to monthly communications in order to continue participation.
*Program must complete the project year and activity requirements to receive 4 hours of Professional Development hours.

APPLY NOW TO PARTICIPATE: APPLY ON-LINE-Application due January 25, 2013.

This project is Funded by the State of New Jersey, Department of Family Development.