Archive for January, 2013

NJSACC Presents: Social Networking for Orgs & Programs 3/1/2013

Monday, January 28th, 2013

NJSACC Presents: Social Networking for Orgs & Programs 3/1/2013

Are you a small business owner, a non-profit organization, or afterschool care professional? Come and join us for this very special workshop and learn the essentials to social networking for your organization or program. In this 3 hour workshop, you will learn:

  1. how to sign up, create and work with a Facebook page
  2. how to sign up, create and work with a Twitter page
  3. social media and social networking terminology such as “likes,” “followers, “hash tags and “tweets”
  4. how to find potential “followers” and engage with “fans”
  5. basic steps to attracting and promoting to an online audience
  6. basic etiquette / rules regarding communicating online to your audience

To help facilitate your learning, please bring or have ready, the following items to the workshop:

  1. A laptop with the ability to connect to our internet network wirelessly via WI-FI
  2. Access to an active e-mail address for signup purposes
  3. An online link to a website or webpage of your choice (e.g.,
  4. A digital file of an image (preferably square shaped – jpg/gif) or logo. This image will be used as your profile picture for Facebook and twitter
  5. Some text that you’d like to send out to your followers. This must be 140 characters or less.
  6. Some great ideas for how you envision engaging your audience!
Who Should Attend: Any child care provider (infant – school age)
  Program Coordinator
  Non-Profit Organization
  Small Business Owner
When: Friday, March 1st, 2013
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Where: First Baptist Church of Westfield
170 Elm Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
Cost: $25
  Click here to register!

*Registration closes Tuesday, February 26, 2013

About the Trainer:

Adam Cruz is a social media and social networking consultant for many creative professionals including small business owners, artists, and entrepreneurs. Adam has also facilitated various DJ and music workshops to school age children during New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s (NJPAC) annual “Young Writers’ Workshop,” a specialized residency program for up to five after-school agencies that teaches students the importance of literacy through writing and creative expressions.

For More information about registration and/or payment please contact Jessica Heiberg at: 908-789-0259 or via email at:

Batters Up USA: Equipment Grant Available!

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Batters Up USA

How to Apply for an Equipment Grant 

Batters Up USA® provides free baseball/softball equipment, primarily bats, balls, tee ball sets, helmets, catcher’s gear, and bases to local organizations to support the start up of new programs or to assist existing programs to grow. We serve boys and girls recreational programs up to age 13.

PRIORITY IS GIVEN TO THOSE PROGRAMS SERVING A HIGH PERCENTAGE OF YOUTH IN NEED such as inner-city and after-school programs. We have contributed to many such programs run by Parks Departments, Schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA’s Police Athletic Leagues, independent local leagues, Little League, and the other organized youth baseball/softball organizations. We also support the American Baseball Federation Basic after-school reading/baseball program with equipment and reading materials. See our separate program description.

Batters Up USA®will provide the safety type baseballs and softballs so that the games may be played without gloves and to minimize the risk of ball impact injuries. Equipment will be provided on an ‘as available’ basis; first come, first served.


Fill out and submit this simple online application.
Batters Up USA Equipment Grant Application

Or, if your browser blocks our form, DOWNLOAD THIS FORM print, and and mail to:

Jess Heald, Executive Director
Batters Up USA
1014 Paseo Bufalo
Taos, NM 87571

FORUM: Fostering College and Career Readiness through Afterschool and Expanded Learning Opportunities 2/8/2013

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Click here to register online now!

NOTE THAT THIS IS A RE-SCHEDULED FORUM, PREVIOUSLY CANCELED DUE TO HURRICANE SANDY.  This forum will highlight programs and policy efforts that are helping students strengthen the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for college and careers through learning opportunities that occur beyond the school day.  Presenters will discuss the programming and policy efforts that have led to positive student outcomes in their states and communities, highlight the valuable role that afterschool and expanded learning stakeholders can play in supporting college and career readiness initiatives, and address policies and systems that supported or hindered their success. Speakers will include Debbie Zipes,Executive Director, Indiana Afterschool Network; Robert Kizer, President and CEO, Starfish Initiative; and Mary Ellen Caron,CEO of After School Matters.

Click here to register online now!

This year, take the Afterschool for All Challenge at home!

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Next month, we’re teaming up with the Afterschool Alliance to bring some of our state’s afterschool leaders to Washington, D.C., for face-to-face meetings with our Members of Congress on Feb. 7 in conjunction with the National Meeting of the Statewide Afterschool Networks. While only a few advocates from our state will be participating in in-person meetings that day, we hope that our messages will be complemented by messages from advocates across the state. You’re the local experts on afterschool and Congress needs to hear from you. So we’re asking you to join us — take action at home to support afterschool on Feb. 7, 2013.

Three easy ways to participate:

1.     Meet with your Congressional district offices or set up a site visit at your program.

2.     Call or email Congress and ask them to support funding for the afterschool programs working families rely on.

3.     Encourage your contacts to take action.

Add your name now to accept the Challenge. Once you do, the Afterschool Alliance will send you personalized tips and information about your Members of Congress. Plus, you’ll find all the tools you’ll need in their Take Action Toolkit online.

First time participating in a meeting with elected officials? If you weren’t able to catch our webinar last week on how to set up Congressional district visits, be sure join us next week as our staff walks through the basics of what to expect.

New Jersey Department of Health Urges Residents to “Take 3” Actions to Fight the Flu

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

January 15, 2013

New Jersey Department of Health Urges Residents to “Take 3” Actions to Fight the Flu

As influenza (flu) activity continues to increase in New Jersey and nationwide, Health Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd encourages New Jersey residents to “Take 3″ actions to fight the flu.

The following actions, promoted by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will help to protect yourself and others during the peak of flu season:

1. Take time to get a flu vaccine;

2. Take everyday preventative actions to stop the spread of germs; and

3. Take flu antiviral drugs if your healthcare provider prescribes them.

“Like most of the nation, New Jersey is experiencing widespread flu activity,” said Commissioner O’Dowd. “Flu vaccination is the single most important step we can take to protect ourselves and our families against infection. The good news is that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that the flu vaccine is a very good match for the strains of flu circulating in the community and early data indicates that individuals who are vaccinated have been 62 percent less likely to visit a doctor due to illness from the flu.”

To find a nearby flu clinic, please visit the Find a Flu Shot Locator on the Department’s website.

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine each year. A flu shot is especially important for certain groups of individuals who are at higher risk of developing serious flu-related complications. These groups include: pregnant women, children under the age of five, but especially younger than 2 years old, people 65 years of age and older, and people with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and HIV).

In addition, there are other people for whom vaccination is especially important-people who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities and people who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from the flu.

The Department works with the health care associations to strongly encourage health care workers to protect themselves, their families and their patients by getting a flu shot. Health care workers are recommended to receive the flu vaccine to reduce the transmission of influenza-related illness and death, especially to patients at increased risk for severe flu complications.

“If you are the parent or guardian of a child under the age of 6 months, please get a flu shot not only to protect yourself but also to protect your baby,” said Deputy Health Commissioner Dr. Arturo Brito. “If you live in a household with anyone in one of the high-risk categories, you should also get vaccinated.”

Children younger than 6 months of age are too young to get vaccinated and anyone who has ever had a severe allergic reaction to the flu vaccine also should not get a flu shot.

Taking everyday preventative actions can help stop the spread of germs that cause respiratory illness, like flu. These measures include washing your hands, covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough, avoiding close contact with sick people and staying home from work or school if you are sick.

Those who do get the flu should stay home for at least 24 hours after a fever is gone except to get medical care. Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine. You should stay home from work, school, travel, shopping, social events, and public gatherings.

If you get the flu, there are prescription antiviral drugs that can treat your illness. Early treatment is especially important for the elderly, the very young, people with certain chron¬ic health conditions and pregnant women. Check with your healthcare provider to see if you are a candidate for this medication and follow instructions for taking this medication.

Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people also may have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu, and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.

For more information about the “Take 3″ actions to fight the flu, please visit the CDC webpage at:

For general flu information and resources, please visit:

To view weekly reports on flu activity in New Jersey, please visit: