Archive for March, 2013

Position as NJSACC Program Coordinator needed! (#AmeriCorps VISTA)

Friday, March 15th, 2013

This posting is for a one year AmeriCorps VISTA year of service. There is a living allowance but this is not a permanent, salaried position with NJSACC. More information about AmeriCorps VISTA may be found here:

New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition (NJSACC) Program Coordinator

Fellowship start/end date: July 2013
Application deadline: Rolling
Employment type: Full time
Living allowance: Varies by location
Benefits: Health, Child Care, Relocation, Training, End of Service $5,550 Education Award OR
$1,500 additional cash stipend

About New Jersey Bonner AmeriCorps* VISTA Fellows

The New Jersey Bonner VISTA Fellows Program is a post-college national volunteer service program developed in partnership of TCNJ’s Bonner Center for Civic and Community Engagement and the Bonner Foundation. The New Jersey Bonner VISTA Fellows comprise a cohort of 17 members who serve full-time to enhance volunteerism, develop economic opportunities, and address policy issues across central New Jersey.

Position Summary:

The NJ Bonner VISTA Fellows Program is seeking a NJSACC Program Coordinator to increase participation in the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program, a federal nutrition program for low-income youth in afterschool programs. NJSACC promotes and supports the development, continuity and expansion of quality programs for children and youth during out-of-school time. The NJSACC Program Coordinator will work directly at the NJSACC office in Westfield, NJ. (For more information on NJSACC, go to

Major Responsibilities:

  1. Identify and conduct outreach to eligible afterschool programs about the At-Risk Afterschool Meal Program.
  2. Serve as a resource to afterschool programs, vendors and other agencies interested in providing or sponsoring Afterschool Meals.
  3. Respond to data collection, analysis, and other community-based research (CBR) requests afterschool programs
  4. Maintain At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program section of NJSACC website, which includes profiles of model programs, issue briefs, and key information about the program.
  5. Represent NJSACC at meetings. Maintain organizational partnerships with anti-hunger organizations. Network with anti-poverty organizations throughout NJ.
  6. Present information and conduct workshops about the At-Risk Afterschool Meal Program and healthy meals and snacks
  7. Contribute articles to

Position Qualifications:

  • Must be available to serve full-time for one year
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must have own car
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Experience with community service and/or non-profit organizational work a plus
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Self-starter who can work independently and on a team
  • Excellent attention to detail and follow-through skills
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and projects at the same time
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of individuals and constituencies
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Computer proficiency with emphasis on MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and willingness to learn and use a variety of online tools, including Wikis, Facebook and other social media tools

Questions about this position should be directed to Lee McDermott Schaefer at If you are interested in applying, please email your resume and a cover letter detailing your interest in this position to No phone calls please. All applicants must also complete an AmeriCorps application which will be available mid-April on the AmeriCorps portal. Interviews (phone or in-person in Westfield) will be conducted in May.

Working with Camps this Summer and Need Field Trip Ideas?

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

See LSC Two New Traveling Exhibitions, Both Free With Paid Admission!

LSC is the best place to bring kids during the summer. No matter what the weather, campers enjoy the very best in high-quality educational experiences and it’s so much fun they don’t even know they are learning! This summer’s hottest exhibition is Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body. Free with paid admission.

Curious George: Let’s Get Curious!

Students ages 3-8 love exploring science, technology, engineering and math with Curious George! They can experiment with windmills, use pulleys and hand-cranked conveyor belts, climb into a rocket ship, and much more!

AVATAR: The Exhibition

Students ages 8 and up can explore the science and technology behind the largest grossing movie of all time. They’ll see how botanists, ecologists, and linguists helped develop the world of Pandora, and try advanced film-making techniques first-hand!

Reminder: Licensed Afterschool Program Roundtable Mon 3/18/13 RSVP here!

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Click here to RSVP!

If you operate a Licensed Afterschool Program, join this roundtable to share information, resources and network with colleagues.

Topics covered come from the group.

NJSACC staff will moderate the Round table and bring resources on Afterschool.

Refreshments will be served.

Location: The North Brunswick Government and Community Complex at: 710 Hermann Road, North Brunswick NJ 08902

Time: 10 AM-12:30 PM

Hosted by: Giovanna Branciforte, Recreation Program Specialist, Project LEAL, North Brunswick Township

Click here to RSVP!

Save The Date! ELO Summer Learning Symposium Wed 4/24/13 register now!

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Save The Date!
ELO/Summer Learning Symposium

NJSACC and NJDOE are partnering to present the ELO/Summer Learning Symposium. Hear from NJDOE, The National Summer Learning Association, The National AfterSchool Association, Liberty Science Center, The Newark Museum’s Maker Lab and more!

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Time: 9am – 3:30pm

Cost: $30 per person which includes continental breakfast, lunch and materials.

New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association
12 Centre Drive
Monroe Township, NJ 08831

Mark Your Calendars: Social Networking for Orgs & Programs Fri 6/7/13 register now!

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

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

Click here to register!
*registration closes on Tuesday, June 4, 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, June 7th, 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, June 4, 2013

About the Trainer:

Adam Cruz is NJSACC’s Communications Coordinator and a social networking guru for many creative professionals including small business owners, artists, and entrepreneurs. In addition, Adam has 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: